Connect with us

Foreign Policy

Under Narendra Modi, Shifting Focus in India’s Israel Strategy

Published

on

President Reuven Rivlin held a working meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on an official visit to Israel. Wednesday, July 5, 2017. Seen in this picture, President Rivlin introducing Modi to Chief of General Staff of the Israel Defense Forces Gadi Eizenkot. Image Credit: By Mark Nayman / GPO Israel, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=60674290

The Opinion article takes an analytical look at the shift in India’s policy towards Israel. For decades, India has being adopting an arms length distance from Israel so that it does not offend its Arab partners. Considering the fact that Narendra Modi had expressed his closeness to Israel having visited the country even as Chief Minister of Gujarat, it was clear that India would build a closer relationship with that country once Narendra Modi took power at the centre. This Opinion piece outlines the reasons of this shift in India’s policy towards Israel.

India’s traditional international policy does not support the policy of formation of nation on the basis of religion. With BJP’s ascent to power at the Centre, India’s diplomatic orientation has been tacitly linked to religion.

Read the full article in Telangana Today.

Foreign Policy

ASEAN Guests: Indian Diplomacy on show

Published

on

The dawn of 2018 is marked by two significant developments in India’s foreign policy, across its ‘Indo-Pacific neighbourhood’, extending from the Gulf of Aden to the South China Sea.

This Republic Day India hosted all the ten leaders of ASEAN to mark the 25th anniversary of its association with that organisation as a dialogue partner and participant in the annual ASEAN-sponsored East Asia Summit that includes India, the US, China, Japan, South Korea Australia, and Russia. These fora now serve as crucial elements in our policies across what is called the Indo-Pacific region.

Read the full article here

 

Continue Reading

Foreign Policy

Is India Qualified to Assume a Global Role?

Published

on

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Vladimir Putin greet each other before the 2017 Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit in Astana, Kazakhstan. Image Credit: www.kremlin.ru
New Delhi makes no contribution on political and security issues that dominate the domestic agendas and foreign policies of governments around the world, and thereby wields limited influence in international politics, punching far below its weight.
A narrow bilateral approach to foreign policy can stall India’s aspirations in becoming a global leader.

…this narrow bilateral approach to foreign policy is also a problem for India’s aspirations for global leadership, especially at a time when it is seeking to make a case for its membership in the world’s many decision-making councils. Geopolitics is by definition about geography and regional politics. But India’s bilateral relationships sit in silos and don’t quite work together in service of a coherent global agenda. They don’t offer any leadership or vision to the world in resolving its most pressing concerns and issues.

Continue Reading

Foreign Policy

India and ASEAN: The China Factor

Published

on

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his opening remarks during the 12th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-India Summit at the Philippine International Convention Center on November 14, 2017, recognizes the significant progress of the political security, economic, and cultural partnerships between ASEAN and India. Image Credit: Presidential Communications Operations Office

India’s much-vaunted Look East policy, launched in the early 1990s as part of a concerted reorientation and re-engagement with South East Asia, was renamed the Act East policy by the Narendra Modi government in 2014 to signal a more proactive approach towards the region. The upcoming India–ASEAN Commemorative Summit will mark 25 years of the dialogue partnership, 15 years of the summit-level relationship, and five years of strategic partnership between India and ASEAN.

Read the full report here

 

Continue Reading

Trending