A comprehensive new ranking of countries labelled “Soft Power 30” by a London-based political consultancy, Portland Communications, carries a rude awakening for India. We are nowhere when it comes to being attractive and influential in the world, falling outside the top 30 nations for universally liked culture, widely admired political values and positively engaged foreign policy.
“India is set to reap large-scale benefits from its new foreign policy of global alignment,” Goyal said at a function, to mark the Universal Brotherhood Day, on Saturday. “The shift from non-alignment to global alignment was based on long-term vision and helped India gain greater acceptability in the world,” he said.
Pakistan and India have a history of holding non-starter talks which goes back to 1960s when the then foreign ministers Swaran Singh and ZA Bhutto held successive rounds of negotiations without any output. It is therefore the need of the hour that the Foreign Office, in consultation with all the stakeholders, should prepare a well defined agenda to discuss issues at the NSA level rather than discussing peripheral non-issues.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi continued his 'selfie diplomacy' as he visited the Sheikh Zayed Grand mosque, the UAE's largest and the world's third largest, on his first visit to the Emirate. [...] The Prime Minister, who has a penchant for selfies, has clicked them in the past with several leaders and the 'selfie diplomacy' has emerged as an integral part of his overseas trips.
So in this background, no instrumentality like diplomacy, intelligence, perception management, media, use of soft power, influencing minds of the people, that have become new instruments of the statecraft.