Modi's Third Term: Strengthening India's Global Stature

With stable foreign policy and coalition balance
Modi's Third Term: Strengthening India's Global Stature

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's third consecutive victory has bolstered his global image. His international influence is set to enhance India’s geopolitical standing.

Significant changes in India’s foreign policy are unlikely, given the stability among key influencers: PM Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, and Defense Minister Rajnath Singh.

However, subtle improvements may occur. Despite Modi’s global presence, his government is often perceived by Western media as a Hindu right-wing, majoritarian administration. This perception occasionally affects India's relations with Muslim-majority countries, despite strategic ties with the Gulf nations.

Recent events, like the 'India Out' campaign in the Maldives, highlight these challenges. Mohammed Muizzu, who leans towards China, won the presidency in November 2023, partly influenced by this campaign. Similarly, opposition groups in Bangladesh attempted a similar campaign with limited success.

The inclusion of secular and minority-friendly parties like TDP and JDU in the coalition could soften the government's image, countering the BJP's stance on issues like the reservation for Muslims under the 'Hindu' OBC quota. BJP leaders are advised to avoid inflammatory rhetoric against Muslims in the current political climate.

Another key issue is Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK). Home Minister Amit Shah has asserted that PoK belongs to India, though he has not specified whether the approach will be diplomatic or military. The new NDA government, resembling the previous BJP administration but with coalition checks and balances, is poised to uphold India's interests on the world stage.