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Modi's Neighbourhood Initiative

The initial optimism about an improvement in bilateral relations with Pakistan and Nepal has largely evaporated. The Hurriyat imbroglio fi rst stalled the Pakistan initiative and with Nepal greater sensitivity needs to be demonstrated to the concerns of that country. Bureaucratic and political hurdles have to be fi rst overcome and the shadow of Hindutva hangs over India's ties with all of south Asia.

The euphoria generated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s invitation to the SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) leaders for the inaugural function of his regime has started fading out. Two countries seen as most critical to this initiative are Pakistan and Nepal: Pakistan where after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit, India initiated the dialogue process stalemated since 2012, by fixing the date of foreign secretary-level talks and Nepal, where both Prime Minister Modi and Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj paid official visits in early August and late July, respectively.

End to Pakistan Initiative?

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