In the last nearly one year as PM Narender Modi has set established new milestones in India’s foreign policy. He was the first Indian PM to visit Australia in 28 years; first Indian PM to visit Fiji in 33 years and first Indian PM to visit Nepal in 17 years. Since the day he became Prime Minister, Na Mo has visited Japan, USA, Myanmar, Australia, Fiji and Nepal, meeting over 45 leaders from every inhabited continent of the world. In addition to participating in the crucial Summits India-Asean, East Asian, G20, Saarc and UNGA, he played host to the Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Chinese President Xi Jinping in India. As External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said in the parliament, all these have “rekindled” international interest and restored “global confidence” in India but should that be at a cost of Narendra Modi’s absence in Parliament? Or is that a price India will have to learn to pay?
Vijay Sanghvi is political journalist working from Delhi for the past 45 years. Worked for Gujarati dailies but also has been contributing to English medium media.