What significance does the swearing-in ceremony carry for the BIMSTEC?
Leaders from BIMSTEC will be attending the swearing-in ceremony of PM Modi. Leaders from Mauritius, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Kyrgyz Republic, Myanmar, Nepal, Bhutan a Thailand will join for the occasion. PM of Pakistan has been given a deliberate miss in order to reinforce the eastward inclination in the policies of the new government. The Indian government has concluded that the building bridges in the east have more chances of giving fruitful conclusions in terms of trade and connectivity to Southeast Asia, than the same in the western front. India also shares ancient ties with the region supported by the spread of Buddhism and Hinduism. The latter is also in line with Indiaï¿½s growing geopolitical profile especially with initiatives like BBIN and India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highway. India has to show much in terms of delivery and show greater involvement in Act East goals.