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First Foreign Policy Steps Taken by Narendra Modi After Election

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The scheduled general election to decide who sits in India’s lower house of parliament (the Lok Sabha) ended on 23 May of this year. The Bharatiya Janata Party (the BJP) and its leader Narendra Modi, who will retain his post as Prime Minister, emerged victorious once again. This time around the BJP’s win (and its scale) even surpassed their previous record, i.e. the outcomes of the 2014 election.

We can, therefore, state with confidence that the victory boosted the already high standing, enjoyed by Narendra Modi in the international arena, and his status as a leader of a “Premier League” member-state and a participant of the global political chess match. In the author’s opinion, India’s Prime Minister is aware of this. As a result, his demeanor has become more confident at meetings with his foreign counterparts. These gatherings have taken place during his first (after the election) trips abroad, and his choice of destination has been quite noteworthy.

It is quite a normal practice for a democratically elected leader of any given“independent” nation to quickly make an appearance in a “reception area” of an actual global-level decision maker with the following message “Here I am, from now onwards, you will have to deal with me as you play against your unpleasant opponents”.

Modern India and its current leader (who, according to journalists, is already unofficially viewed as the nation’s President have little to do with such nations and their “fiefdoms”. Still, Narendra Modi’s first foreign trip after he became the Prime Minister in 2014 was to the United States.

The visit occurred under the guise of attending an opening plenary meeting of a scheduled U.N. General Assembly session, and at a time when Washington created the best conditions for it.

Six months prior to the 2014 election (in which the BJP’s victory was already assured), the USA lifted a visa ban on Narendra Modi, which had been instituted on account of the infamous 2002 events that had transpired in the state of Gujarat, then headed by India’s current Prime Minister. In addition, various branches of the U.S. government sent clear signals to Narendra Modi indicating how highly anticipated his visit with the aim of strengthening bilateral ties was.

After the 2019 election, the Indian Prime Minister’s first foreign trips were prompted by the country’s key (long-term) foreign policy issue stemming........

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