July 28, 2017
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Bolstering presence
Implications of PM Modi’s Central Asia visit Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid a whirlwind tour to Central Asia on the way to attending the BRICS and SCO summits in Russia in the second week of July. Though the visit cannot be termed as a game changer, Prime Minister Modi was able to convey  the Central Asian leaders that India  has revived its interest in Central Asia and has  made sincere moves.   India has till now lacked a cogent Central Asia policy. However, the Prime Ministerial visit to the five States (Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan) has shown India’s resolve to strengthen economic and strategic relations with the region.  After the conclusion of the visit, the political leadership and the officials needs to follow up with the lofty joint declarations made during the five Central Asian Republics with an action plan. Though, Central Asia has been in the thought process of Indian leaders ever since Jawahar Lal Nehru traveled to Central Asian Republics in mid fifties, then  under the Soviet Union. Even after they gained independence from the Soviet Union in the early nineties, India failed to make swift moves, as connectivity issues prevented Indian leadership from taking actual movements on the ground. Though Central Asia is the extended neighborhood for India,  the doors for India has been closed because of unstable political situation in the region and the areas adjoin Taj
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