India’s inward economic orientation and preoccupation with the troubled land borders in the north and northwest has resulted in Delhi neglecting its maritime frontiers.
By unveiling an expansive action plan in Dhaka for economic integration and transborder connectivity, Modi can help Delhi end the widespread negative narrative on the subcontinent’s prospects and extend the positive dynamic in the east to the north and the west.
Is India getting back on track?
If the Modi government can change the external dimension to Jammu and Kashmir for the better, it could create a conducive environment for the ambitious internal agenda for development articulated by the BJP and PDP.
As the Indian government presents the rail budget, it is worth reflecting on the growing gap between the Indian railway system and that of its Asian peer, China.
Pakistan’s ambivalence towards economic integration and the minimal gains from the South Asian summit in Kathmandu need not necessarily be a setback to India’s agenda for regionalism.
What Prime Minister Narendra Modi does with the American business community during his visit to the United States may be more consequential over the longer term than his engagement with the political leadership in Washington.