As the first year of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s second term draws to a close this week, his determination to change the terms of India’s engagement with the world is quite apparent.

Whether it is in redefining India’s approach to economic globalisation or discarding India’s political defensiveness on the Kashmir dispute that involves Pakistan and China, or shedding Delhi’s historical inhibitions on strategic cooperation with Washington, Mr Modi is steering India onto a bolder path.

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