Reshaping India’s foreign policy

Are you frustrated over Narendra Modi’s frequent foreign trips? Ever wondered why he tours the world or even to the smallest of small countries? To clear your minds, this article dwells upon how India benefits from Modi’s foreign tours.

“For me, Globalisation is the manifestation of Nationalism”, says Modi in Japan. India is the second fastest growing country after China. And all economic power houses (World Bank, IMF etc.) are confident of India surpassing China in terms of GDP growth in next five years or so. Given such potential for India’s growth, India must consistently engage in trade and business relations across the world for various reasons. Politics, Business and Trade are interdependent and are relevant both within and out of India.

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Narendra Modi’s first stop was Bhutan followed by Brazil and other countries. Here is why India should build good relations with these countries.

  • Bhutan: India signed hydro power projects on this state visit. Bhutan has been slowly moving towards China’s side and this trip was to bring back the country to our sphere.
  • Brazil: To attend BRICS summit 2014. BRICS bank was established to fund infrastructure needs of all five member countries. First BRICS bank President is Indian. Govt. recently announced K.V.Kamath for the post.
  • Nepal: Narendra Modi is power hungry and he therefore promised uninterrupted power supply to all parts of the country. Nepal has huge potential of power generation especially hydro power. India announced 1bn$ support to Nepal during this trip.
  • Japan: Narendra Modi, as Chief Minister of Gujarat had good relations with Japan. His Japan visit promised 35bn$ investments for the next five years. Investments involving solar energy, infrastructure projects, industrial corridors are on cards.
  • United States of America: To attend United Nations General Assembly meeting. He met various business leaders and asked them to make in India. This visit helped reinforcing relations with US. As a result, Obama attended our Republic Day parade. Here is what US Prez Obama has to say about Modi.
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chai pe Charcha with American counterpart
  • Myanmar: To attend ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) summit. India’s engagement with south east countries is likely to spur development of North-east states of India like Tripura, Mizoram etc.
  • Australia: To attend G20 Summit. The trip’s agenda topped trade and culture. India signed pact on uranium which Australia will supply. Along with uranium, huge potential of rich mineral resources of Australia come to India’s benefit.
  • Fiji: A small Island in Pacific Ocean. Good relations with Fiji can help India increase its grip over Pacific Oceania where China considers itself as supreme authority over pacific waters. Cultural diplomacy was also on the agenda.
  • Nepal: Second visit to Nepal to attend SAARC summit. The policy of “Neighbourhood First” is evident.
  • Seychelles: A small Island in Indian Ocean. India signed pacts on ocean security, renewable energy etc. India helps Seychelles build its naval strength.
  • Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka’s new presidential elections were very much like Indian elections, the elections that hoped for change. Sri Lanka under previous Govt. had been inclined more towards China which changed under Sirisena’s govt. Modi has been driver to divert Sri Lanka from China towards India. All diplomacy on Indian Ocean waters is to concentrate on free trade and maritime security which is very important to India’s security.
  • Singapore: To attend the state funeral of Lee Kuan Yew, founding father of Singapore, a city-country.
  • France: Business topped the agenda. He visited Airbus and various other business houses and asked them to explore investment opportunities in India. France will deliver Rafael helicopters to India.
  • Germany: Germany is the one of the hubs for manufacturing. India was the main partner for the event, Hannover Messe, a manufacturing show where exhibits come from across the world. New technologies and products were on show. Narendra Modi hard sold “Make In India” programme in a unique way. Click here to see India’s unique performance at the inauguration of Hannover.

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    At Hannover Messe
  • Canada: To strengthen state relations. Canada has been a house for large numbers of Indian Diaspora.
  • China: You don’t need much introduction to Indo-China relations. Border, trade grabs the show. China readies huge investment plans into India’s infrastructure projects.
  • Mongolia: Modi is the first prime minister to visit Mongolia. Culture ties are strengthened. India announced 1bn$ credit to Mongolia.
  • South Korea: It is house for electronics manufacturing. With growing demand in India, electronic manufacturers evince interest in establishing their plants in India. Under Digital India programme, India aims to achieve net zero imports on electronics by 2020. It is right time that Modi visited South Korea.
  • Bangladesh: Modi accompanied by Mamatha Banerjee, chief minister of West Bengal visited Bangladesh. 40-year-old land agreement came to an end and this is one of the biggest achievements of Modi govt. India inked several pacts to boost security and trade across the border.
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Sushma Swaraj with Modi

Narendra Modi will be visiting Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan on a weeklong visit from 6th July. Central Asia is a pivot point for all politics of Russia and United states. Now, Indian Prime Minister visits the region which is something interesting. Sushma Swaraj, Minister of External Affairs is also equally responsible to the whole episode of reshaping India’s foreign policy. Pro-activeness and focused work are her strengths.

In foreign policy regard, it is tough for any leader to beat Modi. If you still say to Modi, “Concentrate on domestic affairs instead of touring foreign nations”; for your kind information, there is whole administration that remains in the country while the Prime Minister leaves on a foreign trip.

Hope your frustration over Modi’s foreign tours has become little less.

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