As they ended their three-day summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Barack Obama had every reason to feel vindicated that their political bet on each other had paid off handsomely.
As Modi and Obama joined the Republic Day celebrations and spent time with business leaders, the rest of the world has begun to react to the full import of the emerging strategic partnership.
As Prime Minister Narendra Modi surprised the world with his passion for foreign policy, Asia has inevitably taken center stage in the conduct of his government’s diplomacy.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has begun to rewrite the script of India-U.S. relations.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is changing the nature of India’s world view, recasting its self-image, and altering the character of its diplomacy.
The upcoming summit could be the moment when India and the United States find the necessary political will to turn opportunities that have been at hand for years into tangible agreements.
Barack Obama’s participation in India’s Republic Day celebration is rich in symbolism. It is also a major opportunity to reboot the U.S.-India relationship and set ambitious new goals for the partnership.
As Modi and Obama expand the scope of the India-U.S. partnership, they have a rare opportunity to strengthen bilateral engagement on regional issues in the subcontinent, including the stability of Pakistan.
As a new government led by Maithripala Sirisena takes charge in Sri Lanka, India has a valuable opportunity to arrest the drift in bilateral relations over the last few years.
Modi’s openness to the diaspora should, hopefully, crack open India’s generally unwelcoming attitude to “foreigners” that has congealed over the last many decades of inward orientation.