New Delhi: The BJP’s spectacular performance in UP —India’s most populous state accounting for a whopping 80 seats in the Lok Sabha — spearheaded by none other than Prime Minister Narendra Modi may well give him the over-reaching political authority for bolder foreign policy initiatives including re-starting the frozen peace process with Pakistan.
Some foreign policy watchers feel that with Mr Modi’s charisma now at its peak once again following the massive mandate in UP after his extensive campaign in the state, it will be much easier for the Indian Government to hold talks from a position of strength without having to worry about internal opposition.
Foreign embassies and high commissions in New Delhi including diplomats from countries such as the US, China and Pakistan, have been watching the electoral contest closely.
Also, a continued strong performance in UP is being seen as having a greater chance to return to power at the Centre in 2019. Experts point out that with the BJP and Mr Modi’s massive win in UP, he will be seen globally as an Indian leader who is here to stay.
To that extent, Mr Modi’s global stature as a popular leader representing the collective will of 1.2 billion people is certain to receive a big boost. There had earlier been criticism from some quarters that Mr Modi was too preoccupied with foreign policy and visits abroad compared to domestic issues but the victory in UP has now dispelled much of this perception.
Already, ties with Pakistan seem to have improved following the release of an Indian soldier by Pakistan and release of two Pakistani civilians by India who had strayed across the Line of Control....