Ranjit B Rai
PM Modi has returned from the resort of Sochi after an informal meet with President Putin at his request like with Xi Jinping in Wuhan in world changes, caused by President Trump.
In four years PM Modi has traveled to near 50 countries, like an NRI does, variedly hugged leaders, received hundreds with Chai (No liquor not even Asha) not taken Day’s leave as he is bereft of family, dressed nattily to make Indians proud and led India’s foreign affairs as ‘a personally driven and RSS planned policy’, to USA’s delight in what IDF calls- the Honeymoon period. It was consummated.
The marriage has to now survive and make babies. All marriages go through good and bad times. India has gained immensely with $ 15 bill military toys, technology, FDI and standing as the key to QUAD. No India—– no QUAD ? Russia and China know that ?
Hence United States has placed many eggs in India’s role in the newly coined Indo-Pacific aimed at containing China. India in return got support for NSG the last hitch, for acting as a counterbalance against China and its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). But IDF asks, does Trump administration’s policies on Iran, Afghanistan, trade and climate change in sync with India’s circumstances of poverty. If there is a conflict or differences between China and India, as on CPEC through POK will India have to face the pressures from China alone, as at Doklam. The worry is India runs in compartments.