On May 16 Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP, Indian People’s Party) and its allies won 336 out of 543 seats in the Indian parliament, giving them India’s strongest political mandate in over 30 years, and putting them within reach of the 2/3 majority needed to change the Indian Constitution.
The decisive win means Prime Minister Modi can now reshape India’s listless foreign policy.
Modi is credited with being an exceptionally focused administrator, with over a decade of experience running one of the country’s key states, Gujarat. While Chief Minister of Gujarat, he spurred growth by tackling corruption, leveraging the Gujarati diaspora to increase investment and business opportunities, and successfully worked with a range of international partners, including China, Japan, Israel, and yes, the US.
Modi and his experienced team have had a lot of time to craft a national foreign policy and plan its implementation. Modi’s main drive is stable and secure growth that makes India — all of India — stronger. According to the BJP’s election manifesto: