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).