As India returned the incumbent Bharatiya Janata Party to office, the country’s renewed strategic orientation under Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be of interest to the countries in the Indo-Pacific, including Australia. It is expected that the new government will focus on expanding its strategic presence in the Indo-Pacific while simultaneously ensuring that it attains a credible strategic deterrence against both China and Pakistan. It is believed that the new government will undertake the above measures as a part of its Grand Strategy without altering the existing civil-military relationship.
It is expected that the new government will focus on expanding its strategic presence in the Indo-Pacific, while simultaneously attaining a credible strategic deterrence against both China’s and Pakistan’s conventional and nuclear threats.
India will strengthen its capacity to engage in limited warfare against both China and Pakistan.
India’s maritime strategic outlook will be a major element in its conception of the Indo-Pacific and that will constitute a part of its Grand Strategic outlook.
The new government will appoint a Permanent Chairman of the Chief of Staff Committee as an interim measure to creating the office of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS).