India’s foreign policy: a new normal
Not only is India willing to engage countries that are otherwise opposed to each other, it is also willing to cooperate with and challenge countries simultaneously
Since the 2000 New Delhi summit between prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led coalition and US president Bill Clinton of the Democratic Party, followed by the 2005 Washington summit between prime minister Manmohan Singh of the Congress-led coalition and Republican president George W. Bush, there has been bipartisan support and remarkable continuity in progressively widening and deepening Indo-US relations. Despite the marked downturn in relations between 2008 and 2014, the two summits between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Barack Obama are reflective of the trend towards steady enhancement of relations irrespective of domestic political leanings. This continuity is also evident in India’s bilateral relations with other key global powers.