PhD Doctor of Philosophy
Has Modi’s government implemented a more decisive political agenda for the rise of India as an economic and international power?
India has reached a phase of accelerated economic growth rate, becoming, according to the International Monetary Fund, the tenth world economy in nominal terms. For this reason, this thesis aims to underline the new role acquired by India in the globalised economic and political world, and in particular, the specific role that the Modi government is playing in this context. Therefore, the key objectives of this research are: a) To determine, if in the new globalised world, the changing patterns of National Identity in India are having also an impact on the improvement of its territorial infrastructures, on its political stability and on the improvement of its military capabilities; b) To determine to what extent the Indian local elites perceive their position in both Asia and in the new globalised world; c) To understand if the Modi government is facilitating the rise of India as a new economic and political power within the international context; d) To understand if Modi's administration represents a decisive break with the liberalisation policies of the past 20 years, or if its apparent new nationalist tone is only a mask for continuity; e) To understand to what extent Modi's ideological leanings is influencing India's foreign policy. In short, this thesis represents an exploration of Indian nationalism and its implications for the development of India and its growing role as a fundamental international power.