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Modi’s Foreign Policy

Modi’s Foreign Policy

First Edition
  • Reeta Chowdhari Tremblay - Professor, Political Science, University of Victoria, Canada
  • Ashok Kapur - Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Political Science, University of Waterloo, Canada

September 2017 | 272 pages | SAGE India

A discourse on the goals set by Prime Minister Modi to guide India’s foreign policy

In India, foreign policymaking has been based in the Prime Minister’s Office because of the institutionalization of the foreign policy structure since Independence. This book highlights that in the past three decades, due to the constraints of coalition politics, there has been little insight into India’s foreign policy. The ruling government effectively reverted the locus of authority to the new prime minister and his team, thereby not just avoiding a wider contestation between competing paradigms but instituting a paradigm shift—a shift which is a response to previous policy anomalies and failures, and creating newly articulated goals in a short time. 

Breaking with the past, Modi’s Foreign Policy aims to create a symbiotic relationship between the domestic goals of India and its foreign policy agendas.


A New Interpretative Framework of Foreign Policy: A Paradigm Shift
The Nehruvian Legacy: Policy Anomalies and Policy Failure
Extended Neighbourhood and Multilevel Alignments
Modi and Xi Jinping’s Slow Dance Towards Cooperation
Pakistan Policy—Déjà Vu or Something New?
Concluding Reflections

“[This] is elaborated in this readable and tightly argued volume consisting of an introduction and five substantive chapters.”

Pacific Affairs, December 2019

The central claim of this book is that India’s foreign policy has seen a “paradigm shift” under Modi’s strong and centralized leadership. This claim is elaborated in this readable and tightly argued volume consisting of an introduction and five substantive chapters.

Pacific Affairs, 92 (4), 2019

Reeta Chowdhari Tremblay

Reeta Chowdhari Tremblay is Professor of Comparative Politics and Global South in the Department of Political Science at the University of Victoria, Canada. She holds an MA and a PhD degree in Political Science from the University of Chicago, IL, USA. She also has an MPhil degree from Jawaharlal Nehru University, India, and an MA and a BA degree from the University of Kashmir, India. Her major areas of research are identity-based politics and secessionist movements (Kashmir) in South Asia, the politics of subaltern resistance and accommodation in post-colonial societies, democracy and governance, and comparative federalism. During her... More About Author

Ashok Kapur

Born in Lahore, Ashok Kapur had his early schooling in Shimla and then he went on to earn a BA Honours degree in Political Science from Panjab University, India, and MA in International Relations from The George Washington University, Washington, DC, and a PhD degree in Political Science from Carleton University, Canada. He is the author of several notable books such as Pokhran and Beyond, 2nd edition, Pakistan’s Nuclear Development, India and the South Asian Strategic Triangle and India’s Strategic Problems. His research and conference travels include visits to countries such as China, India, United Kingdom, United States, USSR, Iran,... More About Author

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