New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government have received severe criticism over its “Failed Diplomacy.” While there are a number of things wrong with the incumbent regime, India’s foreign policy has undergone a major transformation. Spine is the newest addition to India’s diplomatic arsenal. Never before has an Indian Prime Minister pursued India’s diplomatic objectives so aggressively. Part of the credit goes to PM Modi’s flamboyant showmanship.

The Nuclear Suppliers Group plenary meeting may have failed to reach a consensus, but New Delhi has sent a clear message to the international community: ‘When it comes to pursuing its national interest, India is willing to raise the stakes and play hardball.

While the Indian Prime Minister tried negotiating a deal with the Chinese President Xi Jingping, India’s Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar was lobbying to other countries in an attempt to corner the Dragon, knowing that it would put the Indo-China relations at stake. The manoeuvre did not yield the desired result, but it marked a fundamental change in New Delhi’s approach.

Another diplomatic feat of the present government is being able to bring both Russia as well as the Western nations on its side at a time when tensions between the two are reminiscent of the Cold War.
Traditionally, India has been hesitant in its approach to the global powers. For the first time in decades, New Delhi has stood up to China and defied it in a way that has not been done by any other country in recent times. In fact, India stood its ground in the face of international pressure to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. If India had signed the NPT to gain entry into the NSG that would truly be a diplomatic failure.

It has displayed a “new diplomatic chutzpah,” which is more befitting of an emerging world power. India cannot lead the world if the Prime Minister has take cognisance of the High Command before taking major decisions. Also, it definitely cannot lead the world with the Prime Minister sitting in 7RCR.

PM Modi’s recent foreign visits helped India garner support of several important members of the group. The lack of consensus in the NSG should only encourage the government to continue on the path it has chosen, since a definitive result is yet to be declared.

The opposition has argued that India does not need for an NSG membership, and the efforts are a waste of New Delhi’s diplomatic capital. Such an argument is expected of the opposition, since it echoes the UPA government’s lackadaisical approach to domestic as well as foreign policy.

Staff ReporterGENERAL
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government have received severe criticism over its “Failed Diplomacy.” While there are a number of things wrong with the incumbent regime, India’s foreign policy has undergone a major transformation. Spine is the newest addition to India’s diplomatic arsenal. Never before has...