France has emerged, steadily since the 1990s, as India’s most trusted international partner.
- The participation of French troops in the Republic Day parade is significant as it marks the end of India’s prolonged military isolationism.
- Modi recognises the potential of military partnerships in modernising India’s defence-industrial base.
- And enhancing India’s strategic weight in the international system.
- Resuscitating India’s defence diplomacy and global security engagement has been at the centre of his foreign policy.
- Modi sees a special role for Paris in Delhi’s global calculus for three important reasons.
- One, France in contrast to US, Britain, Russia has made a clear choice in favour of India over dalliance with pak military.
- Two, France can be a privileged partner for India in strengthening peace and security in the maritime domain.
- Third, while India’s quest for multi-polarity remains, exchanging American global primacy for Chinese domination makes little sense for Delhi.
- As a leading Western power with shared political values, France is a more credible partner for India in constructing a more equitable world order through a new concert of global powers.