Increasingly, many countries are drawing a distinction between engaging with India on issues such as trade and embracing India as a partner with shared values.
That could pose a problem for an India whose appeal as an alternative to China is in part a reflection of its position as the worlds largest democracy a distinction that Mr.
Modi lauds regularly even as he tightens his grip on power.
It is uncertain how much this moment, geopolitically and demographically, will turn into a lasting pivot toward India, bringing with it expanded economic opportunity for its vast work force.
Even as India tries to align its growing technological and economic capacity to capitalize on the Western tensions with China, it is determined to stick to its neutrality and maintain a balancing act between the United States and Russia.
The very plurality of the country is like a safety valve, he said.
As Indias democracy has eroded, Western powers have remained largely silent, prioritizing trade deals and courting India as a security ally.
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