Re-(Modi)fying Indiaâ€™s Israel Policy: An Exploration of Practical Geopolitical Reasoning Through Re-representation of â€˜Indiaâ€™, â€˜Israelâ€™ and â€˜West Asiaâ€™ Post-2014
Journal of Asian Security and International Affairs, 2020, vol. 7, issue 1, 7-35
Abstract Narendra Modi became the first Prime Minister of India to undertake a stand-alone visit to Israel from 4 to 6 July 2017. Although Indiaâ€“Israel relations had been normalised in 1992, the nature of this bilateral relationship remained murky as India avoided any explicit recognition. However, with Modiâ€™s visit, the policy of â€˜equidistanceâ€™ or â€˜de-hyphenationâ€™ of â€˜Israelâ€™ and â€˜Palestineâ€™ was formally operationalised proclaiming that Indiaâ€™s relations with one country will have no impact on relations with the other. Conventional academic wisdom attributes causal determinants to Indian foreign policy vis-Ã -vis Israel as guided by international and domestic factors. This article contends that a constitutive approach to understanding Indiaâ€™s foreign policy towards Israel and the Middle East offers a viable alternative. Adopting Gearoid O Tuathailâ€™s theoretical framework of practical geopolitical reasoning , this article critically explores the geopolitical representations of â€˜Indiaâ€™, â€˜Israelâ€™, â€˜Palestineâ€™, â€˜West Asiaâ€™, â€˜South Asiaâ€™ and â€˜Middle Eastâ€™ in the National Democratic Alliance governmentâ€™s foreign policy discourse through an analysis of â€˜grammar of geopoliticsâ€™, â€˜geopolitical storylinesâ€™ and â€˜geopolitical scriptâ€™. The article demonstrates that re-representation of â€˜Indiaâ€™ as a â€˜global actorâ€™ and re-representation of â€˜Israelâ€™ as a country in â€˜West Asiaâ€™ have enabled the Modi-led government to implement Indiaâ€“Israel bilateral partnership which underscores strategic cooperation in full visibility via overt normalisation.
Keywords: India; Israel; West Asia; critical geopolitics; representation; foreign policy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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