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Analysing three years of Modi government especially in perspective of its foreign policy vis-a-vis Pakistan & China
Just recently, the Indian Army released a video claiming that it had taken punitive action by destroying a few Pakistani posts in the Nowshera sector of Jammu & Kahsmir along the LoC. The army also claimed that it constantly takes such actions in order to maintain its domination along the LoC as a counter measure against insurgency.

As Narendra Modi government completes three years of its governance many people are analysing its performance. My article is intended to do an audit of Modi government's foreign policy vis-a-vis Pakistan & China.

To start with Pakistan, the beginning paragraph itself is a clear indicator of how the present Indian government's policy is different from all the previous governments. It was Narendra Modi, who had invited Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif to his oath-taking ceremony. It was him, who made an unscheduled stopover at Pakistan while returning from Afghanistan to wish Pakistan PM Sharif a happy birthday. Albeit, his this gesture invited heavy criticism from all quarters especially the opposition parties. But Modi's sole intention was to show the world that for peace, India would go to any extent.

However, unfortunately, all these overtures didn't stop Pakistan from sponsoring terror against India. First, Pathankot happened which led to India taking a tough stance against Pakistan. But, it was, in fact the Uri attack, which became the flash point for Modi, compelling him to drastically change his policy towards Pakistan. He immediately ordered a surgical strike, giving complete freedom to the Indian Army to retaliate against Pakistan.

The present destruction of bunkers in Nowshera is continual of proactive action by the Modi government to show Pakistan and the world that India shall neither tolerate Pakistan's misadventures against it nor approach the global powers to pursue its case against Pakistan. These proactive actions might escalate into a war, but India has shown that even if there's a war, it's completely ready. In fact, since India has been fighting a proxy war for decades against Pakistan, it should not have any hesitation to go for a decisive war once in for all.

India's aggressive diplomatic offence has almost isolated Pakistan in south Asia. Even in SAARC, all member countries have boycotted Pakistan. Iran has already hammered mortars on terrorist hide outs in Pakistan. Regular drone attacks are being carried out over Pakistani territory from Afghanistan. US President Donald Trump refused to meet the Pakistani Prime Minister at Riyadh. All these developments put India in a dominating position globally. Interestingly, world powers are not reacting to India's proactive military actions against Pakistan realising that India has no other option.

It's true that Pakistan has refused to accept that the Indian Army carried out any surgical strike or demolished any bunkers, but then, Pakistan has always remained in denial mode, be it 26/11, Kargil or Pathankot. Thus, India's present foreign policy on Pakistan, is in fact, the best one, as never had Pakistan been isolated in such a manner.

Whenever we talk about Pakistan, the topic of Kashmir, crops up by default. The point to be noted is that the present unrest is only in five districts of the Kashmir Valley. Modi government, without saying much, is quietly engrossed in taking strong measures to control the situation by killing militants and at the same time taking step-by-step action to counter the separatists. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh recently said with confidence that the situation in the Valley would be brought under control very soon.

Modi government's China policy is also quite different from the policy that India had been following since decades. India has shown that it's no more a soft country which will allow China to dictate terms. India is willing to be friendly with China but not at the cost of national interest. India showed its spine when it permitted His Holiness the Dalai Lama to visit Arunachal Pradesh. India recently boycotted the OROB summit which was held in Beijing, clearly citing that it had sovereignty issues. India's main concern is over the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) passing through PoK, which India considers as its integral part.

Never before had India directly confronted China. This time, India has categorically stated to China that you can't take it for granted. This stance has also resulted in other countries backing out of China's highly ambitious One Road One Belt (OROB) venture. The European Union (EU) hasn't endorsed the statement of Chinese premier. Even Sri Lanka supported India's boycott of the OROB summit. Most interestingly, despite all these diplomatic confrontations between India and China, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) continues to flow in from China into India. China is now the 16th largest investor in India, jumping from its previous position of 35th in 2014.

The world at present is passing through a difficult phase facing the worst from of terror. In this situation, Narendra Modi has been successful in projecting India as a victim of terror. But at the same time, also a country strong enough and ready to fight back against terror. That speaks volumes about how successful Narendra Modi's foreign policy towards Pakistan & China has been. Let's hope that this government does everything to maintain India's reputation as a strong country.

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