W.P.S. Sidhu is a Senior Fellow at the Center on International Cooperation. He writes a regular column for LiveMint.com, a leading business newspaper in India.
Narendra Modi’s ambitious development plan, anchored in investment, infrastructure and job creation, requires two fundamental external conditions. First, ensuring a no-war environment, particularly in India’s immediate neighbourhood and, second, encouraging the foreign and security establishment to effectively contribute to promoting infrastructure investment and use foreign deals to create jobs domestically. Ironically, the previous technocrat government of Manmohan Singh was somewhat better at creating the first condition but abysmally failed in its efforts to establish the second.