Listen: Pakistan, Mody, India discussed on Monocle 24: The Briefing
"Syndrome ODI has not been shy about selling his idea of India and selling himself on the world stage when he was allowed back into the United States. He held a rally at New York City's Madison Square Garden like any Indian prime minister, he faces difficult relationships with the neighbors, Pakistan, and China, but moody has thought an reached beyond that message for new allies and partners. Shush. Joshi defense editor at the economist and author of Indian power projection ambition, an influence explains how Modi's government's foreign policy is different. I think Modell's have you of how he wants the will to see India. I think he wants to see India a country that is back on the world stage that has overcome what he would see that's the kind of. Coucil animus reticence of the mon- Mojo sing years. The years of the congress party led government when he would say India didn't hit back against Pakistan didn't come on respect with China with slow to develop its relationship with the United States. Very careful about reaching out to countries like ease Rayle who may have sensitivity in India. And I think Mody would see himself as engaging in a project of making India grace, again, a project of nationalist often, religiously chauvinist rejuvenation putting India back on map engaging with the big powers like Japan and China in America and effectively being willing to take steps like conducting special forces rates against Pakistan pushing back against Chinese boulder incursions in a way that he would say the previous government perhaps old freebies Indian governments failed to do. Now. There's a bit of mythology in that. But I think that's his idea of Modi's rely. Nations with India's tonal antagonised we have to remember Mody began his time in office his inauguration by inviting all the leaders of the South Asian Association for regional cooperation sock and that includes Pakistan, so the then prime minister of Pakistan Sharieff went to Delhi. And that was a big move later. We also saw Mody turn into the hole in shock visit to drop into the wedding. If none are cherise Dorsey. So he surprised us very early on in his tenure with a willingness to I think talked to Pakistan open up to Pakistan all of of course, collapsed in the course of twenty sixteen after we saw a series of terrorist attacks Indian retaliation, the intensification of a rebellion uprising in Kashmir and all of that talks, find the mood. So now India-Pakistan relations on the Mody are at a low ebb, but I think Mody realizes beyond repeatedly punishing Pakistan and isolating on the world stage. There's not much more. He can do. So he is trying to. She ate some kind of Thole, and I think under the new government in Pakistan, led by com, another nationalist. Of course, who has the backing of the army we may yet see Mody off to the elections. If he still prime minister any probably will be reach out to Pakistan and begin that traditional cycle of India-Pakistan, hostilities and friendship is that hostal ty- actually useful to Mody politically. He had big elections coming up just off to the surgical strikes in twenty sixteen big state elections and indeed the popular success of those operations was trumpeted in those elections that sort of evidence of his muscular foreign policy, so certainly these political uses, and of course, I think that, you know, people remember Mumbai people. Remember fact, the perpetrators of the Mumbai attacks, free and Pakistan. So yes, it is electorally useful. There's no doubt about that. But I would also say Mody wants to be seen perhaps you could say the manner of Trump as a sort of peacemakers as someone who is also able to strike deals and bargains and. Deliver what his predescessors couldn't? So I think if politically useful to stand up to Pakistan, but I think they may also be political incentives in trying to show he is the one who may be able to tame Pakistan. Stay.."