A Modi-fied India Has Weakened on the World Stage

June 11, 2021

Narendra Modi, the prime minister of India, has completed seven years in office. At the same time, his autocratic leadership has brought the simmering discontent in the foreign policy establishment out in the open. Some members of the Forum of Foreign Ambassadors of India signed an open letter...

Defense Is Becoming More Integral to India’s Diplomacy

August 13, 2019

In May, Narendra Modi was re-elected as the prime minister of India in a landslide victory. India’s foreign policy became a salient issue during these elections due to the regional tensions with Pakistan. Beyond its immediate regional priorities, the Modi government has explicitly articulated a...

India Is the Biggest Democracy in the World

December 10, 2018

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Brahma Chellaney, a prominent Indian intellectual and author. Bordered by the Indian Ocean, the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal, India is the second most populous country and, arguably, the biggest democracy in the world. The World Bank...

Indian Elections 2014: A Foreign Policy for Modi (Part 1/2)

April 08, 2014

On what should Narendra Modi base his foreign policy? Foreign policy seldom occupies an important position in political agendas during electoral campaigns, and 2014 in India is hardly any different. The Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) prime ministerial candidate has, however, evoked a little more...

Modi’s Pivot to Asia?

April 06, 2014

If Modi can address key issues in Asia, India can fuel a regional dynamo. First, it was the Americans who spoke of a "pivot" to Asia; then, it was the Russians' turn to consider prioritizing the region. The Europeans, not to be left far behind, also debated following suit. Now, it seems...