It is indeed a welcomed change in that Mr Modi, unlike the passivity of Manmohan (Singh said last year on a visit to Beijing. "Frankly, old theories of alliances and containment are no longer relevant. India and China cannot be contained and our recent history is testimony to this. Nor should we seek to contain others."), has publicly referred to the desire to ensure "balance" in the region, subtly indicating the awareness that the word fits in with attempts by the US and Japan in particular to build a coalition countering the growth of China, the only power in the Asia Pacific that is altering traditional power equations. Modi's forays abroad, which high profile, high decibel signature has invited the shrill protestations from the Opposition, mainly from the Congress that is evanescing (dissipating like vapour). The Congress' contention is that the PM should spend more time at home and address the problems of the Nation, rather than make forays abroad to high profile himself. It is obvious that the Congress is discomfited that Modi is becoming the toast of the world unlike his predecessor who was propped up so that India toes the foreign line. It is important to note that India has to highlight its potential abroad that is on the way to economic recovery and was open to foreign collaboration, made easy by reducing red tape. There is no doubt that foreign collaboration and investments will engine the Indian economy. Yet, Modi's unflinching resolve to ensure it is favourable to India too is what will ensure a fair deal and what could be better than interacting with the world and regional leaders personally. Once the money and technology flows in, it will easier to put India back on its feet. And bold statements abroad also indicates that India is no longer a pushover and pusillanimous as it was appearing to be before.