World wants India to do well. But compulsions of domestic politics are leading to revival of Cold War bogey
Let’s first list all the things that have gone right for the Narendra Modi government on strategic and foreign policy. The relationship with the US is on top of that list. As the Chinese turned nasty, the US is the only country in the world that spoke out loudly and unqualifiedly for India. Also, at this juncture, in a purely non-transactional manner. That hasn’t happened often in Indian strategic history. Not since the end of the Cold War more than three decades ago. It isn’t even just the shared dislike of China. Beginning with Uri, the surgical strikes, Pulwama, Balakot, Article 370 changes and now to Ladakh, the American support has been quite evident and unconditional. It is not a relationship hyphenated either with Pakistan or China. We continue with good news. The larger regional allies, essentially in the Indo-Pacific, have held firm. Japan and Australia, in particular — the two other members of the Quad. There, the shared threat of China is a binding factor. The unequivocal support, however, is heartening.