What is the purpose of Narendra Modi's visit to Seychelles, Mauritius and Sri Lanka? by @balajivis
Answer by Balaji Viswanathan:
Here are Indian Ocean trade routes in pink and my own drawing in yellow are where Modi is making his key geopolitical moves. The 3 circles are the 3 countries Modi is currently visiting. Making connections?
Indian Ocean is the key to India's survival. It provides our monsoons and it is our only connector to global trade. 1000 years ago legendary Indian king Raja Raja Chola and his son Rajendra took enormous pains to protect these routes and ensure the prosperity of Tamil culture. Most other kings ignored this strategy and paid the price. Later, the British used the same ocean to make sure India stayed colonized. Without dominating the Indian Ocean with her navy, Britain would have never been able to control India.
Geographically, politically and economically, Indian Ocean is key for India. Unlike his predecessors, Modi acutely understands this importance. And there are only a handful of islands on this. What he is doing there is to help secure the friendship of these key islands and preventing them from falling to any anti-Indian activity in the Ocean.
For a long time, Prime Minister visits abroad were dull affairs. Prime Ministers often visited the West, got some promises and came back with nothing more than tourist sightseeing. They would seldom visit small countries. Modi has truly revolutionized foreign policy and there is a huge strategic plan in each of his visits. Almost every visit brought some new gain to India and new friends. For instance, Modi's one visit to Sri Lanka has made the Lankans prevent Chinese submarines from docking there.