Book on Modi’s foreign policy released at ICG

By on October 08, 2015
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Book on Modi’s foreign policy released at ICG

International Centre Goa (ICG) played host to the recent release of foreign policy analyst C Raja Mohan’s book Modi’s World: Expanding India’s Sphere of Influence last month.

The event was organised by the International Centre Goa and Goa Writers’ Group in association with Harper Collins, University Grants Commission Centre for Latin American Studies and Goa University’s Department of Political Science. It was a curtain raiser programme for the Goa Arts & Literary Festival (GALF) 2015.

Mohan said, “Compared to previous prime ministers, Narendra Modi is a much younger PM even at his age. Having this young and energetic leader has made a lot of difference about how the world today perceives India.”
The book highlights how Narendra Modi surprised India and the world with his enthusiasm for diplomacy and the capacity to reinvigorate India’s foreign policy after he took over as the prime minister in May 2014. Despite his lack of political experience in Delhi and taking full advantage of his extraordinary mandate, Modi overcame the negative dynamic with America, recast the approach to China and Pakistan, deepened the strategic partnership with Japan and Australia, rejuvenated India’s neighbourhood policy, wooed international business leaders and reconnected with the Indian diaspora. Modi’s World tells the story of Modi’s unexpected success
on the foreign policy front and its potential consequences for India’s place in the world. It offers insights into his inheritance from the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance, his own foreign policy conception and diplomatic execution.

Also present at the release were Admiral Sureesh Mehta, Consul General of Portugal in Goa Dr Rui Carvalho Baceira and ICG President Yatin Kakodkar, among others.

The author is Consulting Editor on foreign affairs with the Indian Express and a distinguished Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi. Before his association with the Indian Express in 2004, he worked for The Hindu as its Washington correspondent and strategic affairs editor. In his academic avatar, he has been professor of South Asian Studies at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

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