Prime Minister Narendra Modi is changing the nature of India’s world view, recasting its self-image, and altering the character of its diplomacy.
Despite Modi’s claim to Vajpayee’s strategic legacy, the latter’s understanding of the subcontinent’s past and his vision for the region’s future appear to have little resonance within the BJP and RSS.
It is easy to forget that domestic stability holds the key to a successful foreign policy.
Foreign policy is rarely central to elections anywhere in the world. It is no surprise, then, that the foreign policy sections in the manifestos put out by some Indian parties seem an afterthought.
The Indian political classes are gravely mistaken if they think the contest for power at home can be conducted without reference to the world outside.