MODI DOCTRINE-THE INTERNATIONAL POLICY
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With the emerging globalization a healthy international relation has become inevitable for every developing economy. The international relations of a country are one of the most important areas to focus in today’s global scenario. The nations due to globalization are getting closer and thus they need each other’s support and advice to develop and become big. As our world becomes smaller and narrower due to communication, technology and rapid transportation, the value for peaceful and cooperative relationships is increasing. The more the peaceful the relations are between the countries more the trade and commerce will be raising and ultimately helping both the nations to develop.
International relations have been the main agenda of the sitting government of our country. Since the elections began, the prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi had a very firm and solid view about the foreign relations. He in his speeches always used to mention and address the issues regarding international problems. Narendra Modi was a very active chief minister too. He launched many programs during his term of chief minister like Vibrant Gujarat for more investment. His focus was on more foreign investment for the state for which he had meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for two times in 2007 and 2012. The work pattern continues and the current government of India is focused on strengthening the international relations and trying to bring in development in the country.
International relations of the Modi squad are really marching towards the strengthening nations. The first step towards it was when the delegates from the SAARC nations were invited for the swearing in ceremony of the government. The government made a big step by inviting the Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaj Sarif for the ceremony. The government was well aware of the fact that our country has never had smooth relations with Pakistan and to make the relation smooth with them is the biggest challenge. The prime minsters of neighboring countries like Nepal, Mauritius, Bhutan and President of Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Maldives were present to celebrate the day of joy with the elected government of the largest democracy of the world. This was the very first and a very smart step to have cordial relations with all our neighbors. The international relations are an important pillar of the global world and the Modi squad started to tackle this issue with a lot of seriousness. The visits to various countries were the next step. The Foreign Minister of India Sushma Swaraj is a great leader and has an awesome spirit to work towards good for all. The Prime Minister made visits to all the neighboring countries within the 100 days of their government followed by the visit to Australia, United States and Fiji. The biggest achievement for the newly appointed government was when the important leaders of the world expressed their desire to work with the government and the Prime Minister.
The United Nations Security Council’s five permanent members sent the government within 100 days of their appointment a hint to get a permanent membership at United Nations Security Council. China sent its Foreign Minister to India for better communication and also to solve their disputes on the borders. The French Foreign Minister made his visit and had a high level discussion on the external affairs and most importantly regarding the defense cooperation. The Russian ministers, Britain ministers also had a visit to India for the better coordination between the nations. US Secretary also made statements regarding the work of the government and that they would like to share a good relation with them.
The government had made many policies ready for the different nations, to deal with them and have consistent good relations in times where the country needs it the most. The policy for neighboring countries differs from the other nations.
The very first policy was –Act East Policy. This policy was for the emphasis on ASEAN Countries and the East Asia countries. The next policy is the Neighborhood First Policy. This policy was initiated by inviting all delegates from the neighboring countries in the swearing-in ceremony. The government has asked ISRO to share the crucial technological finding with the SAARC countries. The Pacific Island Cooperation, the Prime Minister choose to visit Fiji Island, he had meeting with the state heads of different islands.
The government is very dedicated to have cordial relations with the world’s largest economy United States of America. The relationship of Modi government has been great on both personal and professional fronts with the US. This government has shown a very result oriented approach towards US. The ground work for the meeting between Modi and Obama was done when delegates from US came to India for the visit. During his visit to the US, Modi not only delivered on the above expectations and promises but also took them forward in a smooth way. One of the compelling factors that drove Modi’s visit to the US was the intention to get the economy on a resurgent path by wooing investors. It was the result of this intention that on the eve of his visit, his government put forward the pitch, “Come, make in India”. In essence, Modi’s visit was hinged on two prospective rationales: wooing investors to India and providing momentum to bilateral defense cooperation, which has virtually been on a standstill for some time. The reports say that U.S. has in the last 3 years become the largest supplier of the arms to India. The FDI in the defense sector has increased and it is done for more companies to invest in the defense sector. Both the countries have a very strict say on the security of the country. Since the change in government in the U.S. there has been a lot of buzz and confusion about the relationship with the new leader. The recent visit of Prime Minister to the U.S. after the newly elected President Trump there was news of satisfactory and steady trajectory between the countries.
The recent visit of Narendra Modi to Israel was a visit to be remembered as this first ever Prime Minister of India to visit Israel. There were lots of deals done on the technology which the Israel government can provide to India. A total of seven agreements were signed by them in the visit. The agreements were on water, technology, satellite and agriculture. The agreement was made to provide help for the cleaning of the Ganga.
The international policy of the Indian government is very unique and progressive. The Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a great leader and he can do lots for the international relations strengthening and developing our country by the help of technologies across the world.
Author: Shivani Sinha
College: Amity Law School, Delhi
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