Diplomatic Blitzkrieg! Modi Means Business, to Meet Obama

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That India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi means business is apparent from Day 1. The diplomatic carpet bombing strategy of the new prime minister is creating a buzz globally.

On the very day of swearing-in, Modi’s out-of-the-box thinking came to the fore. India’s outreach to eight neighbours, including Pakistan is a reflection of his resolve to engage more and more with the world.

All the speculations on how a Modi-led India is going to deal with the world have been put to rest, thanks to the diplomatic blitzkrieg Modi indulged in soon after taking over the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).

India’s new prime minister has a penchant for springing surprises. Be it making a visit to former PM Manmohan Singh’s residence after taking oath, or inviting Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif, he made sure to start on a promising note.

PM Narendra Modi, fully aware of the strategic and economic implications of an inclusive foreign policy, is missing no time in acquiring invaluable experience in high-table diplomacy. After having met top leadership of the SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) countries, the new Indian prime minister will be in a better position to deal with future challenges.

By adding diplomatic dash to his swearing-in, PM Narendra Modi has baffled many, while winning over some of his critics.

The decision to visit the United States in September for a summit meeting with President Barack Obama is a reflection of the sense of purpose from the new dispensation in New Delhi. After all, it is the same country that has denied him visa for close to a decade when he was Gujarat chief minister.

By accepting Obama’s invite and conveying his availability for his maiden visit to the US in September, Modi has indicated his willingness to better the ties between the world’s oldest and largest democracy.

Row over diplomat Devyani Khobragade has worsened the relation. However, Modi has made a bold and emphatic statement that India has moved on with the US on the most contentious bilateral issue.

Modi is reinforcing his business-friendly image. While dealing with Obama, his focus will be economy-centric. The US is India’s largest trade partner with bilateral trade of $100 billion. The two leaders will be looking at multiplying these figures several times over the next couple of years.

A promising beginning has been made. Watch out this space for more!

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