Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the globetrotting leader of India. He has galvanised external affairs and diplomatic relations. Diplomacy is a sensitive issue, where every moment and action indicates different nuances. Modi is aware of it. It is learnt that the PMO plans months in advance before each of the prime minister’s visits. Modi, despite his busy schedule, keeps track of the developments. He has an added advantage: even as the official machinery fine-tunes his itinerary, the backroom boys of the committed RSS diaspora keep feeding the Prime Minister. The diaspora is of great help to get social and political inputs, but diplomatic background preparation is the work of senior officials of the Ministry of External Affairs. It’s interesting to see the documents that are prepared as briefs for the Prime Minister. Every document narrates the socio, economic and political scenarios of the country he plans to visit. Apart from this, there a detailed dossier on the leader of the host country, which includes details about his or her habits, family, likes and dislikes and his association with the external world. The most interesting portion of the documents is the detailed brief related to the meetings of the two heads of states. They minutely describe which side of the PM has to take and which walk he needs to talk. The time taken for the walk, and the items to be discussed during the walk, are sketched out. Even the breakfast, lunch and dinner details are typed and highlighted for the PM’s ready reference. The officials in the external affairs ministry are cautious to mention the points, which should not crop up during the meetings. In case, the host leader puts such subjects on the discussion table, the PM’s proposed responses are mentioned.
VOL. 12 | ISSUE 3 | JUNE 2018