India's foreign policy under modi government
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Modi government is just over six month old but there are clear trends emerging in India’s foreign policy. Three priorities of the new government are: a hardliner policy on external security, especially, in dealings with Pakistan; active economic engagements with potential investors, such as, Japan, China and the European Union, and; a closer strategic cooperation with the USA and Japan to balance China in this region. It also maintains a closer relation with Russia due to historic and geopolitical reasons. While actively engaging with the South East Asian states under its ‘Act East’ policy, it has yet to evolve a clear framework for engagement with the West Asia. The language and symbols of engagements, however, are always rooted in the frame of cultural nationalism which panders to the religious hardliners domestically. This paper is an attempt to unravel and describe these emerging trends by analyzing Modi’s bilateral and multilateral engagements in the last six months.