PM Modi explains the ‘India First for Global Good’ ideology in Europe

4 May, 2022 | Riya Girdhar

The India First doctrine can only be sustained if the Indian private sector delivers in the defence manufacturing sector by collaborating with defence majors from India's close allies, such as Fran...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, speaking to the Indian diaspora in Berlin this week, positioned India as a global solutions supplier or a force for world good. He also promoted his India First concept by promoting his “Make in India” manufacturing programme, which was built on the foundations of solid government, enabling laws, and rapid infrastructure development.

Because it is an active rather than an inert philosophy, Prime Minister Modi’s India First for Global Good concept is a long cry from the country’s involvement with the non-aligned movement during previous Congress administrations. Many foreign policy wonks today define Indian foreign policy as strategically independent, multi-aligned, and aligned on specific issues, with some still believing in non-alignment after India, China, and the United Arab Emirates abstained from the UNSC vote on Ukraine. India also voted no in the UN decision to expel Russia from the Human Rights Council for its invasion of Ukraine, along with South Africa and South Africa.

While the Modi government contributed significantly to global vaccine support by supplying India-developed and manufactured vaccines to 100 countries, it also provided developed countries with massive amounts of pharmaceutical drugs such as HCQ in the first wave of Covid-19, which originated in Wuhan, China. Whether it was a tsunami, a global epidemic, or an economic catastrophe, it was the first responder on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief activities in the neighbourhood and beyond. India, together with its QUAD allies, is a key advocate of open seas and freedom of passage in the Indo-Pacific, while leading by example in the worldwide fight against climate change.

Despite all difficulties and demands, India under Modi is willing to cooperate and play an active role in global peace without jeopardising its strategic autonomy.

Although India has decided to take a seat at the head of the table, the true test of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s India First strategy will be the success of the “Atmanirbhar Bharat” model in the defence sector, which will ensure that India is not reliant on any other country to secure itself. In an unpredictable world, where governments are known to alter views based on realpolitik and ruthlessness, this is the proper tactic. The Modi government recognises that India’s development would not be easy, with global powers unwilling to give New Delhi a seat at the table.

‘Committed to aatmanirbhar Bharat…’ says France’s Naval Group on the submarine project.

The French company announced earlier this week that it would be unable to join in India’s P-75I submarine project due to limitations relating to the DRDO’s AIP system.

Naval Group, a French corporation, said on Tuesday that it is “totally committed” to India’s “aatmanirbhar Bharat” marine defence ambitions and that it shares the “same bilateral trust and strategic linkages” that have defined the two nations’ relationship. “We continue to strengthen our existing commitments and close association with the industry and the Indian Navy… as such, focusing efforts on integration of indigenous technology, such as AIP (air independent propulsion) from DRDO (Defense Research and Development Organisation) in Indian Navy submarines,” the company said in a tweet.

Clarification on the company’s continued strong ties with India and the Indian Navy comes after the company announced this week that it would be unable to participate in the government’s P-75I submarine project, which calls for the construction of six conventional submarines (domestically) for the country’s naval defence.

Conditions linked to the AIP technology, which allows conventional submarines to stay submerged at higher speeds for longer periods of time, were stated in the RFP, or request for proposal, according to the group.

That declaration came just a day before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s trip to Paris to meet with President Emmanuel Macron, who was just re-elected. The meeting will be the French president’s first with a foreign leader since defeating far-right candidate Marine Le Pen.