03 March, 2021

The World Is Watching

The political reaction to the BJP's electoral losses is mixed, but not in the economic sphere

The World Is Watching

POLITICAL flux. Is the ghost back to haunt India's relations with the world? The rout of the ruling BJP in three important state elections has dredged up this question again, that too at a sensitive juncture when New Delhi is embroiled in crucial diplomatic manoeuvres on many fronts. Will Pakistan gain strategic leverage in bilateral dialogue from a Centre perceived to be weaker than before? Is the US likely to put the brakes on any significant decision-making in talks on the proliferation issue? Is it now more difficult for the BJP to sign the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT)?

The Clinton administration, as it is wont, declined to comment on the BJP's electoral failure or even if it would affect the ongoing US-India talks. But an official did say that the election results were "probably an indication to the BJP that they should pay more attention to domestic rather than foreign policy issues."

 In less official analyses, the poll results tend to be read as a 'correction', strengthening the view of India as a...

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