No Hindutva orientation in foreign policy

Shortly before the 2014 elections, Narendra Modi — at that time practically a novice in foreign affairs — stated in an interview that “my Hindutva face will be an asset when dealing with foreign affairs with other nations.”

This statement might have been indicative of a strict ideological, assertive foreign policy posture that put India first in all its future engagements. Yet, an analysis of five years of National Democratic Alliance’s (NDA’s) foreign policy only reveals changes in direction and scope, but no traits of strict adherence to a genuine Hindutva ideology, or any ideology for that matter.

In the BJP Election Manifesto 2014, the party did not use the term “Hindutva foreign policy” and dealt with international affairs in three pages only.  Read More

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