Instead of defending India’s borders or the lives and livelihoods of Indians, the BJP government is hell-bent on defending its petty and partisan political narrative.
A few months after he became the external affairs minister, S. Jaishankar smugly said that the Narendra Modi government’s foreign policy in a multipolar world is about “having many balls up in the air at the same time and displaying the confidence and dexterity to drop none”. Four years later, it is a good time to ask the jugglers where those balls currently are—they seem to be all lying on the floor.
Chinese President Xi Jinping treats Modi with disdain as Beijing refuses to engage constructively with New Delhi on the 42-month-old border crisis in Ladakh, where Indian soldiers are …
Sushant Singh is a senior fellow at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi. He has taught at Yale University (Fall 2019 and Fall 2021) and was deputy editor of The Indian Express. A winner of the prestigious Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards in 2017 and 2018, he had earlier served in the Indian Army for two decades. He is also the author of Mission Overseas and co-author of Note by Note: The India Story.