Testing times ahead for India’s new foreign minister S Jaishankar

It’s good that India’s new foreign minister S Jaishankar embraces change & tries to read the world as is — not as it was or should be. Sticking to dogma can be dangerous, especially in these turbulent times. The US is changing the rules of engagement with friends and foes alike. China’s rise is no longer ‘peaceful’ as promised. Russia is maximising its clout, and Europe is struggling.

The existing world order is breaking down in front of our eyes. Few ‘set plays’ can be deployed in this minefield of competing interests, rising tensions, tariff wars and diminished international institutions. The new normal demands new responses.

India will position itself by optimising ties with all major players, said Jaishankar two weeks before being named external affairs minister. It means ‘cultivating America, steadying Russia, managing China, enthusing Japan and attending Read More

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