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It’s Modi’s India Now

It seems that the BJP’s formula of focusing on national security and identity politics, along with channeling Modi’s clear charisma and oratory powers, overshadowed any competing vision. And in that sense, perhaps the change isn’t just at the top; Indians themselves may have changed. A new generation of younger Indians yearn for a more positive self-definition and image. In the flashy, pro-Hindu, globetrotting Modi, they see a bit of themselves too.

Read Here – Foreign Policy

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Making India Great Again?

File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing an ASEAN Business and Investment Summit in Malaysia.

 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is merely the champion of a larger movement that seeks to push India in a more nationalist direction.

Read Here – The National Interest

Why India’s Narendra Modi Can Afford To Ignore The Palestinians

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi being received by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on his arrival in Tel Aviv on July 04, 2017. Photo/PIB

Israel has long complained that India treats it like a mistress: glad to partake of its defense and technology charms, but a little embarrassed about the whole thing and unwilling to make the relationship too public. With Narendra Modi’s visit to Israel – the first ever by a sitting Indian prime minister –  it will be like the two countries arriving hand in hand to opening night of the opera season, lit by a barrage of flashing cameras.

Read Here – Haaretz

India After Nonalignment

Firmly ensconced in office, Modi’s associates in the BJP have no incentive to take potshots at the United States. More to the point, they are likely to rally behind Modi as he seeks to place the Indo-U.S. relationship on a more secure footing. Furthermore, like Modi, they have little or no use for Nehru’s legacy of idealism in foreign affairs and wish to see India adopt a pragmatic and muscular foreign policy. Modi has made an important gamble in giving the Non-Aligned Summit a pass. If it pays off, India’s foreign policy may never be the same.

Read Here – Foreign Affairs

India’s Modi Faces An Existential Choice

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In the ultimate analysis, the Bihar election turns out to be a referendum on Modi himself. The single resounding message is that the Modi government’s lackluster performance is steadily eroding the overall credibility of the prime minister and his party.

Read Here – Asia Times

Arguments Over Caste Spread From India To Britain

THE LIST of things on which Jeremy Corbyn, the new leader of the British Labour party, disagrees with David Cameron is, of course, very long. But here is one that you may not have thought about, unless you happen to be a politically active member of the Hindu or Sikh community in Britain. Mr Corbyn is a long-standing and passionate advocate of the Dalits, people from India who complain of being treated terribly by their compatriots because of their low status under the caste system; such discrimination was supposedly abolished by independent India’s constitution but it remains a powerful social reality.

Read Here – The Economist

The Pitfalls Of A Reactive Foreign Policy

One year after coming to power, the first thing that strikes one about the foreign policy of the Narendra Modi government is its remarkable consistency with that of its predecessor.

 

Read Here – The Wire

Modi’s Visit To Israel: Political Blunder Or Calculated Gamble?

The importance of Modi’s visit to Israel cannot be underestimated. Modi will become the first sitting Indian Prime Minister to visit the country. His visit will also come after a decade of relative political neglect from the Congress-led UPA government. Various UPA ministers visited Israel over the last decade, including a very symbolic visit in 2012 by the former External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. There has also never been a Prime Ministerial visit to reciprocate the visit from Ariel Sharon to New Delhi in 2003.

Read Here – The Wire

What Modi Gains By Taking India’s Politics To Distant Shores

Modi’s meetings have been clearly organised and financed by his local supporters and orchestrated by the BJP/RSS machinery in India, though the embassies have been involved in liaison with the host government for security and logistical support. As these interactions have become political, it is only natural that there will be echoes of domestic Indian party politics in some measure at such meetings. The chants are and will be not for ‘the Prime Minister of India’ but for the political personality holding that office. The days of reticence are over and a new norm has come in. This may be lamentable but it will be seen more and more.

Read Here – The Wire

Can Modi’s Visit Upgrade Sino-Indian Ties?

Modi has been busy strengthening India’s ties with neighboring countries to compete with China, while trying to take advantage of the tremendous opportunities for economic development created by China, as Beijing is actively carrying forward the “One Belt and One Road” initiative. Modi has also been playing little tricks over border disputes and security issues, hoping to boost his domestic prestige while increasing his leverage in negotiations with China.

Read Here – Global Times

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