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One year of PM Narendra Modi: Foreign policy analysts say his performance is better than the previous government
BJP-led NDA government will celebrate its first anniversary on May 26. Expert analysis of Narendra Modi's government is already underway. The government is claiming that it has done well during the first year in power. On the other hand opposition in its verdict is saying that the first year was a failure.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been also targeted for his frequent foreign visits by the parties like the Congress. But the government while rejecting the criticism of the opposition parties and terming it as baseless has to say that these foreign tours have helped in rebuilding the ties with neighboring countries as well as other developing and developed nations.

How the Modi government has performed at foreign policy front? We spoke to few analysts to get their opinion on this.

K. Natwar Singh, an ex- foreign minister: "I think in the last one year in the foreign service arena he has not made any mistake and his international image is very high as he has taken the right steps. He began with inviting our neighbors on his swearing-in ceremony last year. Then he has been to 14-15 countries and has left a very good impression. He went to China recently. Its good that he visited China as the Chinese president had visited India last year. Both of them have talked about a friction free workable relationship."

Parikshit Manhas, an Academician, Researcher and Foreign Policy Analyst: "According to me I think they have been able to do substantially good. As far as the politics within the Indian sub-continent is concerned, they are able to hold up very basic issues and have been able to get hold of our neighbours, that is Afghanistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bhutan. So they are in a way able to isolate whosoever is against India and they are in a way able to forge an alliance with all the partners within the Indian sub-continent. I think this will repute whenever the economic as well as political ambitions of India are concerned. Based upon this I think Pakistan and China are also looking positively towards India. Based upon these factors they are in fact forced to change their view towards India and they are not being able to fight, but in a way we are able to position ourselves better than them."

Dr. Chintamani Mahapatra, a professor of International Studies, Centre for Canadian, US and Latin American Studies at JNU: "Very good, he met most of the leaders of G7 and even the security council members. He has attracted so much of foreign investment from Japan, USA, China etc. and this would be good for the Indian economy. Overall I think it is an excellent formula."

Kharat Rajesh Shrikrishna, a professor at Centre for South, Central, Southeast Asian and Southwest Pacific Studies at JNU: As far as the foreign policy front is concerned, the Modi government is personally and individually doing far better than the previous one. He is not only going personally and visiting the countries, but also making India visible. So visibility of Indian Foreign Policy can be seen with his presence and attaining so many programs, signing the agreements. At least somewhere India is in the picture in the world politics. At the same time while doing so this government has actually sidelined the present foreign minister. But what has happened is the stature of India has gone up because the head of the Government is going personally to different countries and making some commitments."

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