Leading the Change
Salman Khurshid is India’s first Muslim External Affairs Minister in sixteen years. Will this monumental change usher in a deeper Indo-pak relationship?
The new Indian External Affairs Minister, Salman Khurshid - also the first Muslim to hold this position in sixteen years - faces many challenges at home and abroad. Communal biases and religious orthodoxy are still prevalent in the world’s largest democracy of the world and pose a serious threat to the veteran leader. Mr. Khurshid has faced criticism from the Muslim community, liberals and Hindu extremists alike. Despite all odds against him, he has held numerous ministerial positions spanning corporate affairs, minority affairs, water resources and law and justice. The external affairs ministry is not new to him, having served as minister of state [1993-1996] during P. V Narasimha Rao’s government, when the “Look East” policy was formulated.
As External Affairs Minister, Khurshid’s main priority will undoubtedly be to secure economic, energy and security interests in Southeast and East Asia. A normalization of relations with Pakistan, influence in Afghanistan