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India's Bharatiya Janata Party, led by Narendra Modi, has stormed into office, winning its first absolute majority and reducing the formerly dominant Congress party to a rump, with just 44 of 543 seats in the lower house.Although India's sputtering economy was the dominant issue in the campaign, Modi's victory implies a significant transformation ahead for India's foreign policy as well. India's most important partnership remains that with the U.S. The problem is that former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh did not seem to recognize this, leading to a growing divide that has cost India dearly.Given the bilateral relationship's economic and strategic importance, Modi must reinvigorate ties, and quickly. For starters, he must work with the U.S. to address commercial and economic issues, including American concerns over India's weak intellectual-property protections and fears within India's information-technology industry regarding proposed U.S. immigration reform.Modi must now assess what relationship can reasonably be expected with Vladimir Putin's increasingly assertive administration, while recognizing it is not in India's interests to have Putin view China as Russia's only potential strategic Asian partner.Modi faces major foreign-policy challenges.
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