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2016 Annual Assessment

Numbers are not everything. India has many assets that cannot be measured by statistics. It has considerable soft power across the world. Its people, colors, food, culture, music, dress, religions and the memory of Mahatma Gandhi remain popular in the West. As the demonization of Israel in various countries continues, India’s friendship might be helpful. Already, Modi’s first public steps to improve relations with Israel have been widely noted in the international media. But it is not only the West that matters.  India may also become a gateway to other Asian nations with strong links to India and with large Indian minorities.

The Indian diasporas, particularly in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and South Africa, are an important asset for India. Their voice is heard in Delhi. They could be influenced by Jewish diaspora outreach in their respective host countries and by India’s Israel policies.