• India-Nepal FuellingTheir Partnership with 1st Cross Border Oil Pipeline

    India and The World

    The Motihari-Amlekhgunj oil pipeline, the first cross-border petroleum products pipeline in South Asia, was inaugurated by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Nepalese counterpart K.P. Sharma Oli on September 10, 2019. The 69 km India-Nepal pipeline will transport fuel from Barauni in Bihar to Amlekhgunj in Nepal. Construction of the pipeline was undertaken by Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL), India’s largest refiner, with an investment of over ₹324 crore, in collaboration with Nepal Oil Corporation Limited (NOCL). Constructed in a record half-time, i.e. 15 months ahead of the scheduled 30 months, the pipeline will carry two million metric tonnes of clean petroleum products at an affordable price to Nepal every year. […]

  • Long Term Friendship Goal, India-Myanmar

    India and The World

    Myanmar-India relations have been long ignored due to our obsession of looking to our western border. It was a masterstroke by the P.V. Narasimha Rao’s government to inaugurate the Look East policy in 1993. This paradigm shift brought us to a region where we have no conflicts with any of the countries. Myanmar is our gateway to South East Asia and the Indo-Pacific regions. Our North East is culturally closely knit with Myanmar and so is the Indian civilization and culture through Buddhism and Hinduism. The Look East policy became the Act East policy in 2014. This has in Bertil Linter’s words inaugurated the Great Game East between India, China for the struggle of Asia’s Most Volatile Frontier. In civilizational terms between Islam and Buddhism, the power and control of Myanmar for its gas and mineral resources and the access to the blue waters of the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean regions through an isolated Myanmar by China. […]

  • Enhancing India-Bangladesh maritime connectivity in the Bay of Bengal Possibilities and challenges

    India and The World

    Covering more than 2,173,000 square kilometers the Bay of Bengal has gained its salience over the past few years. Bay’s growing strategic and economic imperatives necessitate that it be officially recognised as a geopolitical region. Growing economic interdependence in the post-globalization world coupled with the rise of India and China in the strategic scenario have brought the significance of maritime connectivity back to the fore. This is especially true for the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) which is fringed by many littoral countries that are becoming economically stronger and politically more visible. Against this backdrop, the essay focuses on possibilities and challenges in India-Bangladesh maritime connectivity. […]

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