30 July, 2021

Getting The Snaps Right

Raja Mohan sees a vigour in foreign relations, advises on true paths, but is guilty of absences and strategic fallacies

Getting The Snaps Right

The cover of this book has a dapper Modi gesticulating ass­ertively, as if putting on the world’s canvas the first strokes of India’s new global presence that will be, in Raja Mohan’s words, “purposeful and consequential”, shorn of the timidity, defensiveness, rigidity, empty posturing and “the lack of strategic self-assurance” that have characterised India’s international relations over the last several decades. Deeply frustrated by the repea­ted failure of the former UPA government to steer any of its initiatives to success, the author believes that Modi in just one year has shown he can rejuvenate India’s foreign policy so that India can “realise its full potential as a nation”.

Modi’s achievements in Raja Mohan’s view are already significant. There is substantial engagement with our South Asian neighbours. There has been an outreach to Pakistan, but with the firm caveat that no threat to India’s core interests will be tolerated. There has been no “defensive baggage”...

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