Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, came to power with a belief that an aggressive foreign policy can solve the geopolitical impediments that this country faces. He thought, an aggressive foreign policy like China, Pakistan or even Israel is something India should imitate. He also believed that allegedly soft and defensive stand of Manmohan Singh on the issues such as border disputes with China or terrorism in Kashmir can be reversed with his so-called ‘Modi Doctrine‘.
To support such aggression, ‘Modi Doctrine’ tried its best to befriend the United States as much as possible who he believed will never betray India! However, it is difficult to understand, how his beliefs took shape as United States track record with Pakistan, Iraq, and Afghanistan and much more are cases in point that speak otherwise. If a war breaks out with Pakistan, it is most likely that China will support Pakistan, and it is equally unlikely that the US will get involved in it.
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Modi criticized Manmohan Singh that he continued talking to Pakistan despite the latter’s record of terrorism. However, Modi forgot that this is 21st century and not 13th century that he can go for an all-out war and crush the enemy once and for all! It is prerequisite today that diplomacy and communication are the two principal ways of solving geo-political impediments. Even the United States had to engage in dialogues with Iran to solve the country’s nuclear ambition, which could not be done with the initial threats and embargoes.
The most powerful neighbor of India, China, has been threatening for a full-scale war for the first time in many decades. China even threatened to get involved in Kashmir, an outcome, which can be devastating for India. India is in sweat and tears to handle Pakistan alone in Kashmir. If over and above, a country like China joins the fray, it can spell doom for India’s future with Kashmir.
India’s bonhomie with the US has led to decisions that they will try to control the Indian Ocean, which infuriated Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka has moved miles away from India and towards China, resulting the China-Lanka duo ending up as the real boss of Indian Ocean. Bangladesh, too, is unhappy with India regarding Ganga water sharing.
After BJP coming to power, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh tried to rejuvenate Hinduism in Nepal, resulting in the communist regime tilting towards China. Under the Modi government, India is practically surrounded by China in every aspect of it!
Thanks to negative media coverage of Modi, Europeans think him as a bigot and a criminal. India’s relationship with the UK has deteriorated. The reason being the cold shoulder Modi has given to Theresa May during her maiden visit to India two years ago. Now that the Canadian Prime Minister is visiting India and it is his third day here, yet our PM could not find time to meet the head of state of a G7 nation.
Thus Modi’s ‘Me First’ attitude which he thought would bring in benefits for India has turned out to be a pain in the neck. His foreign policy should be accommodative, rather than self-centered, which will engage India with foreign countries in a sense that is meaningful. India has not yet reached the stage of being a global power that she can act so arrogantly with other world leaders. Modi’s doctrine is very rudimentary that can act well in a setting of a domestic politics in India, but not on a global stage. Overall, Modi’s foreign policy is a failure despite him visiting more than 50 countries since coming to power.