July 23, 2017
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Filling vacuum
Modi’s splash in India Ocean The much awaited and desired maritime thrust to India’s foreign policy was witnessed during the three island nation’s whirlwind tour to Seychelles, Mauritius and Sri Lanka taken by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the month of March 2015. Maldives was the significant omission from his latest splash in the Ocean and was noted by the international strategic community. Critics may say that Modi’s sojourn to the three island nations was in response to the success China achieved in making deep inroads in the Indian Ocean. Undoubtedly, a concerned India woke up late, but analysts say that it was never too late. The Island nations are India’s maritime neighbors and sooner or later they will realize the importance of increasing their dependence and proximity to India for meeting their economic, defence and security needs. Over the years India remained a mute spectator to China’s successful moves to acquire contracts for mega infrastructure projects in the island nations of Indian Ocean. Strengthening partnership After the conclusion of the three nation tour India can also claim to have expanded its footprint on these island nations, which will go a long way in reducing the Chinese influence in the Ocean. Analysts say that India had over the years not been very proactive in promoting its security interests and almost ignored these island nations which is evident from the fact that last Prime Mini
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