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Shekhar Gupta: Losing the world, one country at a time

Mr Modi's diplomatic 'conquests' are history and India's foreign relations resemble a train-wreck. Here's how the government's missteps have broken its own momentum

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Shekhar Gupta
India’s external and strategic environment is looking like a train-wreck and it isn’t just to do with the American humiliation of “postponing” the vaunted “two-plus-two” dialogue for the third time.
 
The picture today has no resemblance to what we saw until about a year earlier. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was then hopping from one capital to another, hugging heads of states. India was a rising power and Mr Modi, its powerful, extrovert, energetic new leader, a star. He wowed the world with his decisive, and positive intervention on the Paris climate deal, for example.
 
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First Published: Jun 30 2018 | 3:05 AM IST

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