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Indian foreign policy: Modi's bold reinvention

India's relations with foreign partners have not escaped Indian PM's bold and muscular approach to politics

In campaigning hard for a second term as India's prime minister, Mr Narendra Modi has generated much controversy, not least his vigorous rallying of nationalist sentiments against Pakistan.

But a careful review of his foreign policy record over the last five years reveals the bold new directions he has set for India's external engagement. Seen together with his muscular diplomacy, Mr Modi's tenure has been a definitive moment in India's slow but certain emergence as a major power.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 11, 2019, with the headline 'Indian foreign policy: Modi's bold reinvention'. Print Edition | Subscribe