Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chancellor Angela Merkel’s attempt to put some meat on the bones of a proclaimed Indo-German strategic partnership is part of a story that goes back to the early years of the twentieth century.
As the world today looks up to India as a net security provider, Delhi needs to recast its peacekeeping strategy by modernizing its decision-making structures, expanding domestic defence capabilities, and strengthening its military diplomacy.
Together, Modi and Obama have an opportunity to lock-in recent gains and set even more ambitious goals.
Having recast key bilateral ties, Modi now has a chance to end Delhi’s defensiveness in approaching the world.
Building a causeway across the Palk Strait could become the most powerful symbol of South Asia’s new regionalism.
There is a growing conviction across the subcontinent that the region must overcome the many tragic consequences of Partition.
Purposeful engagement with religious communities around the world can increase the efficacy of India’s international relations, but only when handled with great care and diplomatic competence.
India and Pakistan cannot afford to stay away from each other for too long. But they cannot stay with each other either.
The consequences of a breakdown in dialogue between India and Pakistan might be unpredictable and could well push bilateral relations, as well as the situation in Kashmir, into uncharted waters.
In refusing to call off the talks between Indian and Pakistani national security advisers, Modi might be signalling the strength to rethink the core assumptions of India’s recent Pakistan policy.