This was no ordinary visit, but one replete with political symbolism anchored in India’s North-East, right next China’s zone of influence in East Asia.
In fact, it was worked out in a way that Abe undertakes the India visit before he heads for China later this month.And that, it emerges, was just a part of a larger message.
This explains Shah’s positive reference to Bangaldesh founder Sheikh Mujib-ur-Rehman in both his Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha speeches.
India’s relations with Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar, Oman and other countries in the region are on a strong footing.
In other words, what’s clear is that India’s diplomatic priorities have been completely reordered for the time being.