A great deal of debate on Indian foreign policy has centered on the extent to which Prime Minister Narendra Modi has transformed India’s foreign relations.
This talk looks at Modi’s foreign policy, suggesting that it is revolutionary not for its content but for its performance.
This is more complex, though, than just the sale of national pride. Davis will look at the visuals, discourse and performance of Modi’s foreign, public and diasporic diplomacy. Drawing on images, public diplomacy videos and the language of Indian foreign policy, this talk will examine how Modi evokes particular ideas of India abroad, and uses his frequent foreign trips and public diplomacy to speak simultaneously to domestic and foreign publics, with varying implications for our understanding of India today.