Prime Minister Narendra Modi s foreign policy has been dramatic and full of surprises. When he entered the office of Prime Minister, he lay a broad vision of a stronger Asia by boosting relations with Asian neighbors, strengthening SAARC trade relations, mending ever-hostile relations with Pakistan and putting India as an emerging superpower on the world stage. With his decisiveness, energy, freshness, a contagious optimism and oratorical skills, he strode like a colossus on the world stage. It is owing to him that the world sat up and started looking at India with trepidation as the country became active, visible and even assertive. Whether it was United States, China or the Pakistan, he took the bull by the horns. He entered with a bang. As time passed, some of his foreign policies began encountering complex issues. Relations with Pakistan and China turned haywire. Even Russia is canoodling with Pakistan even as India has continued with its tirade of isolating Pakistan international forums. The bonhomie built with Obama administration can go down the drain with Trump s unpredictable conduct. The Prime Minister has now become sadder, but wiser. We have tried to rekindle our relations with Russia by offering huge military contracts and bonding siting old friendships ties. But Russia stands behind Pakistan as was evident during Heart of Asia conference in Amritsar, the Russian envoy refuted the allegations against Pakistan by Afghanistan and India as totally baseless.
When Narendra Modi arrived on national and international stage, he built a castle in the air addressing the nation from Red Fort on what India is and what India will be. But managing foreign ties with international powers seem difficult today.