The nature and magnitude of Narendra Modi’s foreign policy departures5 min read . Updated: 15 Sep 2016, 08:10 PM IST
Will the changes to India's foreign policy being introduced by Narendra Modi be embraced by the successive governments led by parties other than the BJP?
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not attend the 17th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in Margarita, Venezuela on 17-18 September. This has been widely seen as a radical departure from India’s foreign policy, which was once centred on the concept of non-alignment. However, it is not a neat departure — for two reasons. Commentators have indeed dwelled on one of them — Modi is not the first Indian prime minister to have skipped a NAM summit. Charan Singh did so in 1979. More famous as an answer to a popular quiz question—“Who was the only prime minister of India to have not faced Parliament during his/her tenure?"—than for his contribution to India’s strategic vision, Singh’s absence at the summit was hardly of any policy significance.
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