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India after 4 years of PM Modi: what next?

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Melbourne School of Design

University of Melbourne

Melbourne, VIC 3053

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Since winning a stunning majority in the Lok Sabha in 2014, the NDA government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah has expanded its political footprint dramatically. In 2014 the BJP governed in just seven states; by 2018 it governed, alone or in partnership, in 21.

As it approaches the next Union election, due no later than early 2019, and with Prime Minister Modi's popularity maintained, it has established itself as India’s dominant political force.

However, while continuous campaigning has brought big political rewards, the tasks of making and implementing policy remain formidable. While the prime minister’s personal diplomacy has lifted India’s profile internationally, foreign policy and security challenges in its immediate region are intensifying.

At home economic and other policy fields, especially measures to support growth and create employment opportunities, remain sensitive. Questions arise about whether political strategies are overshadowing strategies for governing.

To open discussion the panel will consider briefly: current challenges in foreign policy; how the Prime Minister has used foreign policy in domestic identity building; possibilities for India in the knowledge economy; and how suited are public institutions to help deliver the Prime Minister’s promise of Acche Din.

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  • Dr Pradeep Taneja lectures in Asian politics at the University of Melbourne and is also a Fellow of the Aii and an Associate of the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies. Current research interests include the rise of China and India as regional and global powers, Sino-Indian relations, and the relationship between democracy and development in Asia. His forthcoming book looks at India’s China Challenge.
  • Dr Alex Davis is an NGN scholar with the Department of Politics and Philosophy at La Trobe University and the Aii. His research interests include Indian foreign policy, postcolonialism and constructivism in international relations, and IR’s disciplinary history.
  • Dr Anand Kulkarni is a Consultant/Principal Adviser to Victoria University in planning and strategy. He was formerly at RMIT in a senior management role in planning and research, and before that in State and Federal Government leading policy in innovation and industrial development. He has an interest in the Indian economy from a knowledge economy perspective.
  • Dr Bob Smith is an Adjunct Professor at RMIT University and has worked in universities (public policy and management), state public services and as a consultant in public management. He has been a regular visitor to Delhi, Jaipur and Varanasi where he has studied Hindi.
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