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Modi 3.0: India's Foreign Policy. Looking back, looking forward.

Modi 3.0: India’s Foreign Policy

What has India achieved on the global stage in the last ten years?And, what will or should Delhi’s foreign policy look like under Modi 3.0? On ‘The Gist’, that’s what we discuss with Ambassador Pankaj Saran. He’s Convenor NatStrat, Member, NSAB, Former Deputy NSA, and Ex-envoy to Russia and Bangladesh. “This government has conveyed to all neighbours that India has red lines. Above all, it has security interests. We would expect both to be respected. Just as we would respect their red lines. So, if we have that compact with a neighbour. That India’s security interests are important. Then everything else follows. But, if we start from the presumption that you can damage India’s core security interests. And yet expect a normal, healthy relationship, that’s a difficulty,” Ambassador Saran tells Amitabh P. Revi.

Over the next five years of Modi 3.0: India’s Foreign Policy, he points out, “India will increasingly remain a powerhouse for the immediate and extended neighborhood. And, as your footprint grows, you will be called on to do even more. Firstly, you will have to have a different mindset to handle frictions, problems. And not allow those to distract you from the more medium, long term enterprise of asserting and re-inventing India’s historical role and position, in this extended region.

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For instance, Maldives’ President Dr Mohamed Muizzu was among regional leaders at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony on the 9th of June. Others who attended were the President of Sri Lanka Ranil Wickremesinghe, the Vice-President of Seychelles, Ahmed Afif, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, as well as Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, the Prime Minister of Mauritius, the Prime Minister of Nepal Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ and the Prime Minister of Bhutan, Tshering Tobgay.

Watch this episode of ‘The Gist’ for more on Ambassador Saran’s analysis on where India stands on the global stage. Where India needs to be over the next five years. The China challenge. The India-U.S. relationship. India’s Russia partnership. How India is dealing with global crises. The neighbourhood. And Pakistan.

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The 'Eye' of the story not the 'I' of the story. That's Amitabh Pashupati Revi's credo from the beginning of his professional journey in 1995. From conflicts in the war zones of Afghanistan, Syria, and Iraq to nuances of international politics in the Maldives,Thailand, and South Sudan, Amitabh has reported from all the world's continents, except for Antarctica(so far). Though, he has documented the world's third pole, the Siachen Glacier!
Amitabh reports and produces documentaries on the two-front China-Pakistan threat to India. His ground reports from Arunachal Pradesh and Ladakh have received viewership in the hundreds of thousands. Amitabh has interviewed world leaders, top global analysts, and experts in India, Russia, the United States, and Australia as well. Along the way, he’s picked up the Russian language, the Ramnath Goenka Award for his reporting on the 'Islamic State' terrorist group in Iraq, the Khaled Alkhateb Award for his reporting from Palmyra, Syria, and the UN Dag Hammarskjöld Distinguished Journalist Fellowship. Last but not least, as a founder member of StratNews Global, Amitabh helps lead the reporting, editorial, production, and administration teams at StratNews Global, BharatShakti, and InterStellar on their journey ahead.