Mr. Modi, a Hindu nationalist who promised in his campaign to make India a more muscular presence on the world stage, has broken new ground by inviting top officials from all the members of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation to Monday’s swearing-in, which has traditionally not included any foreign leaders.
Mr. Modi’s invitation also sent a jolt through Indian domestic politics, sending the message that he would act independently on foreign policy, not allowing decisions to be swayed by the interests of the country’s regional heavyweights. Political leaders in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, who have long defended the rights of Sri Lanka’s Tamil minority, were harshly critical of the decision to invite President Mahinda Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka.. . . . . . . . .
Very good news.setting the tone for Mr. Modi’s new leadership position and also showing the willingness of Mr. Sharif to also step forward ! Bravo, Mr. Modi, and Mr. Sharif !