Ranjit B Rai
India’s oratorical & confidence oozing Prime Minister Narendra Modi well hosted the 10 ASEAN seasoned leaders who have a tougher job than him leading their countries combined 1.8 bill people with $ 2.9 Trill economies. The ‘show sha’ and RD parade was outstanding as India is now rich to splurge money, but where & what was the substance is the question, IDF grapples with.
ASEAN sees India not able to solve its poverty and now divisiveness as Padmavat was raging, experience changes in policy and is unable to display a strategy to deal with China and Pakistan, or reduce red tape. They worry.
Their concerns will never come out in the open and Indian MEDIA REPORTED THEY FEEL INDIA IS NOT DOING MUCH FOR MARITIME SECURITY TO MATCH CHINA. This is only partly true as they look for stability more than a India China slanging match as China sustains their economy and business is inter twined. China has a clear cut policy to re-ascend the world and is the richer that USA or EU.
ASEAN know the 21st Century is poised to be a Maritime Century and the litmus test of how India performs to protect its maritime interests and those of its friendly ASEAN and Indian Ocean Region (IOR) nations as the Net Security Provider of the latter, is dependent on how India steers and peaceful balance in the China-India power play in the Indo-Pacific. ASEAN wants to see India solve its problems especially border with China and Pakistan and keep the peace. Continue reading