С Raja Mohan on India as Maritime Power
After the British rule collapsed, India was more of continental that maritime power, but when in 1991, it changed its orientation back to exports, globalization, and liberalization, the seas immediately became important, suggests. С Raja Mohan, Director, Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore. According to him, the current Indian Prime Minister managed to give this shift a real political form. “The essential role of maritime domain is built into India’s transformation, but we needed a big leader, who can actually give it a political voice – and Modi did it,” the expert says.