Modi’s new symphony: The Indian premier’s charm offensive is backed by solid diplomatic homework

Publication Type:

Opinion

Source:

The Friday Times (2016)

URL:

http://www.thefridaytimes.com/tft/modis-new-symphony/

Abstract:

<p class="rtejustify">The strategic community in India is divided while explaining the recent US visit of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Unfortunately, the divide is more ideological – in terms of those who support Modi and those who oppose him, than based on hard calculations. His US visit is either eulogised or criticised depending on how they see Modi, rather than what his visit achieved or failed to achieve. Besides, there is another ideological divide between those who see US as a strategic opportunity for India, and those who are inherently anti-US. Both the political parties and the strategic community, to a large extent, are influenced by the above divide. Perhaps the truth of India-US relations and Modi’s influence/impact lies in between.</p>