Prime Minister Narendra Modi is back home from his three-day power-packed successful visit to the U.S. which had three elements — bilaterals with US President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris; plurilateral in participating in the first in-person QUAD summit of leaders from three other countries at White House and multilateral of addressing the UN General Assembly’s 76th session.
There are enough indications to suggest that PM Modi’s meetings with the top leadership of the US have only further deepened the India-US strategic relationship retaining the robustness in ties. As PM Modi himself remarked that seeds have been sown for further strengthening the relationship with the US, India can hope for greater engagements and benefits in terms of defence and security, science, new technologies and business cooperation.
So far as QUAD is concerned, the first-in person meeting of leaders of the US, India, Australia and Japan has reaffirmed the wide array of agendas on maritime security, climate, vaccine availability and reiterated that the grouping will work to ensure a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific region. Without naming China, it has delivered a message that QUAD is here to stay.
In his UNGA address, PM Modi covered a wide range of issues from terrorism, Afghanistan, vaccines, science and technology to the threats posed by expansionism and harbouring of terrorists by India’s western neighbour. He also used the platform to showcase the strengths of India’s democracy and described India as a “Mother of All Democracies”. His message firmly entrenched India in the frontline of the global community when he said “When India grows, the world grows and when India reforms, the World Transforms.”