Sunday, October 2, 2016

ET Awards for Corporate Excellence: India's top envoy S Jaishankar is this year's policy change agent


"ET Awards for Corporate Excellence: India's top envoy S Jaishankar is this year's policy change agent," economictimes.indiatimes.com


Image from article, with caption: The relationship developed with the defence partnership acquiring momentum, an area on which Jaishankar had worked on since his days as head of the US desk in the Ministry of External Affairs


Excerpt:
MUMBAI: When Narendra Modi took over as Prime Minister in 2014, one of the first things on the foreign policy agenda was establishing the right equation with the United States. This was a delicate matter . ...
As Indian ambassador to the US then, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar was the one who piloted the course. Very quickly, the US had come around to the fact that it would not be weighed down by the past. Washington respected the election verdict and Jaishankar facilitated a smooth start to a new relationship by seeking to redefine the contours of the partnership in tune with Modi’s own public personality.
The Madison Square event was one such innovation, one that repositioned the approach to public diplomacy. From then on, every significant PM visit had to have a public event in the itinerary, particularly if it was a country with large Indian population. ...

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