Modi government's troubled vaccine policy has meant that India is short of a diplomatic route that could have helped strengthen ties with Maldives and keep China out.
While Modi waxed eloquent on India-EU trade talks, European leaders were unhappy at US for supporting Delhi's demand to waive Covid vaccine patents.
Despite Modi’s hubris in declaring victory on the virus, the world recognises that the prime minister remains the tallest leader on the national landscape.
From ‘America first’, the Biden administration took a quick U-turn to offering support to India in its time of Covid crisis. But why the belated reply?
For the moment, Bangladesh is stuck between a rock and a hard place, although foreign minister S. Jaishankar has said that India will fulfil its commitments.
Tensions between Jaishankar and Lavrov are a tell-tale sign that 'time-tested' India-Russia ties are shrinking because both sides are not willing to be sensitive towards each other.
What can India and Pakistan give each other to save face? This jockeying for a framework of give-and-take is likely what’s going on today.
By honouring Sheikh Mujibur Rahman with the Gandhi peace prize, Modi is also showing that he is completing the task that the Congress forgot to do over the last 50 years.
Modi’s India is now firmly sitting on the Afghan table, talking to Pakistan about Indus waters, no longer calling Bangladeshis ‘termites’ — a new Great Game is afoot.
The coronavirus pandemic taught Modi a key lesson in realpolitik – that the rules are different for the strong and powerful.