Gist of Editorials: The Second Coming | GS – II


Relevance :  GS Paper II


Theme of the Article

The invitation list for the swearing-in signals government’s foreign policy focus.

Why has this issue cropped up?

Prime Minister has invited leaders of BIMSTEC to swearing-in ceremony.

What does this invitation indicate?

  • “neighbourhood first” policy.
  • regional preferences have shifted from SAARC to BIMSTEC
  • concern for India’s “Act East” initiative and outreach to East Asia.
  • invitation to SCO chairperson indicates commitment to Central Asian grouping
  • invitation to Prime Minister of Mauritius indicates close affinity

BIMSTEC and SCO

  • India’s engagement with both BIMSTEC and the SCO is at incipient stage.
  • BIMSTEC didn’t even have a fully working secretariat until recently.
  • BIMSTEC’s deliberations on subregional connectivity have been delayed
  • SCO is yet to demonstrate its utility for India..

Conclusion

The attendance at PM Modi’s swearing-in ceremony hints towards new avenues of India’s multilateral engagements.