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Modi Government and Changing Patterns in Indian Foreign Policy


  • Vikash Chandra


This article examines continuity and change in Indian foreign policy since Narendra Modi took office. It proceeds with analyzing six issues that dominated India’s foreign engagement between the prime ministerial regimes of Narasimha Rao and Manmohan Singh as a reference point. To evaluate the level of change, it defines major change as a major shift in the goals and strategies of a state’s foreign policy and argues that most often a major change in foreign policy is a result of changes in the systemic variables followed by a change in either state- or individual-level variables. Indian foreign policy under Modi is witnessing a proactive turn infused by a strong leadership. The new government has redefined India’s foreign policy priorities, and the level of external engagement has also gone up. However, areas like democracy promotion have not upheld their momentum, and the government’s regional policy has failed to utilize the opportunities that were available to it when it began its tenure. Also, foreign policy changes under the new government cannot be regarded as a major change because the goals and strategies of Indian foreign policy have not changed.

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  • Vikash Chandra, 2017. "Modi Government and Changing Patterns in Indian Foreign Policy," Jadavpur Journal of International Relations, , vol. 21(2), pages 98-117, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:jadint:v:21:y:2017:i:2:p:98-117

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