Nation at 9: Is the well acknowledged vigour the PM brought to India's Foreign Policy cosmetic or substantive?

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| Saturday, September 26, 2015 - 09:11
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi's romance with the Czars of the United States and much of the global community continues. US President Barack Obama has offered an 'exclusive' and path-breaking strategic pact with India. The G-4 countries have given the Prime Minister Modi the rare honour of leading a historic campaign to reform the UN Security Council. 
 
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Google CEO Sundar Pichai have rolled out the red-carpet for the Prime Minister. He's charmed fortune 500 CEOs to stay invested in India. He's melted Rupert Murdoch and even managed to get the normally Acerbic Donald Trump to mind the pun trumpet India's credentials. 
 
Modi watchers and the BJP are saying that all of this testifies to the fact that Modi's 2nd US visit is bigger both on diplomacy and deliverables. The BJP's response to the Congress has failed to impress the opposition party. It's lead spokespersons are convinced that the Prime Minister is passing off as they claim showmanship, selfies and self-promotion as real diplomacy. That there is little delivery and instead of providing succour to the nation's 130 crore poor the Prime Minister has blown up nearly 200 Crs on jetsetting for a cumulative period of three and a half months of his 16 month tenure. 
 
Is there truth to this? Is the goodwill towards the PM all hype and hoopla? Is the well acknowledged vigour the PM has brought to India's Foreign Policy cosmetic or substantive?

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