8Bolstering Foreign Relations:
Narendra Modi has always been touted as the master of diplomatic relations. And looking at his stellar work these past 4 years, it is safe to assume that it was no eyewash. It started off with his swearing-in ceremony on 26th May 2014 when the leaders of almost all South Asian countries were in attendance looking dapper sitting in the first row. Even Pakistan’s Nawaz Sharif looked on from the first row as Narendra Modi was sworn in as the Indian Prime Minister. We have witnessed a considerable foreign policy shift under Modi, where he bases his approach on realpolitik and is working with countries which can benefit India. Towards the West, he has been able to carry forward the work done by the former Prime Minister through his dialogue with the United States of America. He had a great working relationship with Barack Obama and has been able to sustain it despite Trump coming into power.
He has also been able to make significant headway into relationships with the European powerhouses. When the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel visited India in 2015, the two countries signed a US $2.25 billion deal for solar and clean energy. India then went on to sign a multi-billion dollar deal with France to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets. Narendra Modi’s foreign policy has been equally successful in the East as well. He has travelled to Australia, China, Japan, Thailand, Myanmar, Fiji, Vietnam, South Korea, Laos and Singapore in a bid to bolster relations in the Easter part of the world. Social and economic relations with the key partner, Japan have been strengthened with only Pakistan and China being the notable misses for Modi.