Until mid-December, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was neck and neck with Japan’s Shinzo Abe as the most travelled leader of an Asian country in 2015. Both had notched up visits to 23 countries, but with the current visit to Russia, Afghanistan and Pakistan, Modi has an edge.

In March, Modi undertook a quick trip to three key Indian Ocean countries—Seychelles, Mauritius and Sri Lanka—to counter an increasing Chinese influence in what is viewed as India’s backyard. There was a hand stretched out in friendship as well when Modi visited China in May. He also travelled to five Central Asian republics in July.

The year also saw India re-engaging with post-recession Europe, with Modi touring France and Germany in April and Britain in November. The visits to France and Germany yielded a big push for many of Modi’s marquee projects like Make in India.

When Modi went around the world, we went with him.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Narendra Modi arrive for a meeting with Russian and Indian businessmen at the Kremlin in Moscow on 24 December. (Alexander Nemenov/AFP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Narendra Modi arrive for a meeting with Russian and Indian businessmen at the Kremlin in Moscow on 24 December. (Alexander Nemenov/AFP)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Nawaz Sharif in Pakistan on 25 December. (PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Nawaz Sharif in Pakistan on 25 December. (PTI)
Modi and the Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong, at Komala Vilas Restaurant, Little India, Singapore, in November. (PIB)
Modi and the Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong, at Komala Vilas Restaurant, Little India, Singapore, in November. (PIB)
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth meets Prime Minister Modi at Buckingham Palace, London, in November. (Reuters)
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth meets Prime Minister Modi at Buckingham Palace, London, in November. (Reuters)
The PM listens to a guide as he visits the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, in August. (Kamran Jebreili/AP)
The PM listens to a guide as he visits the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, in August. (Kamran Jebreili/AP)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Gandan Monastery in Mongolia in May. (PIB)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Gandan Monastery in Mongolia in May. (PIB)
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