Prime Minister Narendra Modi embarked Sunday on a two-day visit to Bhutan, his first destination abroad after assuming office, underscoring the importance India attaches to its ties with Bhutan, whose prime minister, Tshering Tobgay, was among the leaders from the neighboring countries to attend the new government's swearing-in on May 26.

It is an indication of the ham-handed manner in which Indian foreign policy is managed that even India's relations with Bhutan have seemed troubled in the last few years.

The withdrawal of subsidies to Bhutan on petroleum products in the midst of its 2013 elections was merely a manifestation of how poorly conceived and executed India policies have become, as if completely disconnected from any strategic thinking.