Foreign Policy

From non-alignment to strategic partnership

Print edition : September 01, 2017

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with U.S. President Donald Trump on his visit to the White House, on June 26, 2017. He hailed the U.S. as "our primary partner for India's social and economic transformation". Photo: Carlos Barria/REUTERS

April 16, 1955: Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru with Afghanistan's Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sardar Mohammad Naim and Egyptian Prime Minister Gamal Abdel Nasser acknowledging the crowd that had come to see them off for the Bandung Conference, at Palam airport in New Delhi. Photo: The Hindu Archives

March 7, 1983: Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, Cuban President Fidel Castro and Secretary General of the Non-Aligned Movement Natwar Singh and other delegates at the Seventh NAM Summit, at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi. Photo: The Hindu Archives

April 7, 1997: Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda with Palestine Liberation Organisation leader Yasser Arafat at Hyderabad House in New Delhi. Photo: PTI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attend an innovation conference with Israeli and Indian CEOs in Tel Aviv on July 6, 2017. Modi is the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Israel. Photo: Oded Balilty/AP

Narendra Modi with Chinese President Xi Jinping during the G20 Summit in Hangzhou, China on September 4, 2016. Under Modi, for the first time in more than two decades, there is a danger of open hostilities once again breaking out wiht China. Photo: Damir Sagolj/REUTERS

With his actions in the foreign policy arena in the past three years, Modi has distanced himself and his government from the Nehruvian legacy. The Washington-Tel Aviv-New Delhi axis in international politics has now virtually become a reality.
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