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Posted On: 16 JUN 2019

Modi moulding new global order

From inviting SAARC leaders to his first swearing-in to hosting leaders from then BIMSTEC nation and Kyrgyzstan, Indian foreign policy regime is set for a tectonic shift in Modi 2.0. The prime minister made it evident by bringing in Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, a former foreign secretary, as the external affairs minister to implement his vision. Mr Modi was hands-on even in his first innings and cultivated personal relations with global leaders. Look East and Neighbourhood First are important cogs in Modiji's game plan to ensure India's say in moulding the new world order. The SAGAR (Security and Growth for All in the Region) doctrine will play an important role in this.

Pakistan's failure to control terrorist activities emanating from its soil resulted in no SAARC summit being held in Modi 1.0 tenure. In fact, Mr Jaishankar speaking for the first time after taking over as the external affairs minister made it clear that Modi sarkar is going to focus on the BIMSTEC nations over the next five years.

When our Prime Minister talks of Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas Sabka Vishwas it does not mean only his own countrymen but includes immediate neighbourhood also. Mr Modi's Look East policy is the right step in that direction. South and Southeast Asia is in a state of turmoil. Apart from the general economic downturn, communal conflict and terrorism are the two major threats to peace and prosperity in this region.

Easter Sunday dastardly suicide bombing during the mass in churches shows that local terrorism has started raising its head and organisations like ISIS are going to take advantage of it. To show solidarity with a neighbour with whom we share history and a cultural bond, Modiji made a pit stop in Sri Lanka on his first foreign tour after re-election.

Interestingly before that he visited Maldives and also addressed the legislature there. For past some years Maldives was going through a disturbing phase. Democratic forces were under pressure, militant autocratic communal leadership was controlling the political power. Moreover, China was trying to get a foothold with money power. A friend in need is a friend indeed. India under the leadership of PM Modi helped its neighbours to recover and recoup the free democratic tradition with a popular government headed by a fair and honest president. Modiji assured them that India - a friendly and reliable neighbour - is always there in hour of need.

China's string of pearls doctrine envisages isolating India. Beijing has been using its financial muscle power and infrastructure initiatives like the Belt and Road project to win over our friends not just in Asia but also Africa. Maldives and Sri Lanka are among those who have seen through China's vicious design of entrapping them in a debt trap and with Modiji's persistent diplomacy realised India's value as the time-tested friend.

The role our prime minister played at the SCO has further confirmed his place as a leading force in international diplomatic circles. First of all, the respect he has earned among the leaders of the world was reflected by the manner in which he was escorted by the President of the host nation holding an umbrella over his head in the rain. Then the appreciation of his pristine role in confronting international terrorism and lastly his HEALTH proposal to develop trade and tourism in the subcontinent and Central Asian republic received kudos from all members including Russia and China. He put Pakistan in its place at the conference for supporting international terrorism.

On the whole Modi ji has started his second inning as a well-set statesman in a reassuring manner. He is bound to lead India to higher pedestal in international standing as a growing world power ready to play its constructive role in international and regional politics. The US may have rubbed Indi the wrong way on GSP but even its secretary of state realises Modi hai to mumkin hai (Modi makes it possible).

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