Edited by Aryaman Bhatnagar and Ritika Passi, this publication brings to focus India’s policy towards its immediate and extended neighbourhood—South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) members, Iran, China and Myanmar—under Modi thus far. Each country-specific chapter describes bilateral ties, debates elements of continuity or change since the new government has come to power, and explores future prospects for ties under Modi given existing challenges and opportunities. Thematic chapters also intersperse this publication, which contextualise India’s neighbourhood policy and its bilateral ties in the region.
1. India, India’s Neighbourhood and Modi: Setting the Stage
Ritika Passi and Aryaman Bhatnagar
2. India’s Neighbourhood Policy through the Decades
3. Dealing with Pakistan: India’s Policy Options
4. India’s Afghanistan Policy: Going beyond the ‘Goodwill’ Factor?
Shanthie Mariet D’Souza
5. India’s Iran Policy in a Changed Dynamic
6 Why Engage in a Neighbourhood Policy? The Theory behind the Act
7 India’s China Policy under Narendra Modi: Continuity and Change
8 Modi’s ‘Act East’ Begins in Myanmar
9 China’s Role in South Asia: An Indian Perspective
10 India-Nepal Relations: On the Threshold
11. Paradigms in India-Bhutan Relations and Pathways for Cooperation
12. India-Bangladesh Relations in Modi’s Era
13 The Domestic Elements: States as Stakeholders
14 India-Sri Lanka Relations under Modi
Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
15 India-Maldives Relations: Solid Base, Shaky Structure
16 SAARC at Thirty: Integration by Parts
Sheel Kant Sharma
Citation: Bhatnagar, A. and Passi, R. 2016. Neighbourhood First: Navigating Ties under Modi. London: Global Policy and Observer Research Foundation.