• India's NSG Bid

    Global Centre Stage

    The Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) meeting in Seoul on June 23 ended without any decision on India’s application for membership as a consequence of China’s refusal to accept India into the group. India’s chance of being admitted into the NSG was always slim because of China’s opposition, but that was not a reason for not trying […]

  • South China Sea: The Future of International Arbitration

    Global Centre Stage

    The India International Centre at Delhi – considered the hub of cultural and intellectual activity in the capital city – was witness to a unique event on the afternoon of 17th May 2016. Organised by the Chinese Embassy in Delhi, the public lecture saw six speakers articulate their views on the South China Sea (SCS) maritime disputes. Five of the six speakers were from think-tanks – either based in China or funded by Chinese entities – and one speaker was a scholar from the Chinese Navy. As could be imagined, espousal of the Chinese perspective dominated the proceedings. […]

  • Laying Foundations for a Better Tomorrow
    Plugging Leakages: Ensuring Efficiency


    PM Narendra Modi's philosophy of economic development is growth through empowerment. The government has not only been successful in generating resources for the benefit of the weaker sections of the society like Dalits, women, farmers etc. but has also been able to spend this money to reach the target beneficiaries in a transparent manner. […]

  • BREXIT: The Rise of Nationalism and Exceptionalism

    Cover Story

    In the press conference ensuing the vote in favour of the departure of the United Kingdom (UK) from the European Union (EU) (known as Brexit), a reporter asked President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, who had just concluded a brief speech, if it was the beginning of the end of the EU. President Juncker looked at her, paused, rolled his speech and simply left the podium wishing the audience a good afternoon. Since the referendum, the positions have been as follows: the EU is pushing for a quick divorce, the UK is trying to slow down the process, and the rest of world is observing. […]

  • BREXIT: The NEW Reality

    Cover Story

    Shockwaves rippled through Britain in the early hours of 24th June, 2016. It will be a day few will forget. Despite all of the polls showing the opposite; despite the arguments of the Prime Minister, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pretty much every leading world organisation and world leader, the British public voted for Britain to leave the European Union.[…]

  • BREXIT: The Verdict

    Cover Story

    In 1945, the European Great 30 Year Suicidal War of the 20th century finally ended. In the previous 30 years, Europe unsuccessfully had tried to commit suicide during World War I, and then finally had succeeded during the World War II. The continent was razed to the ground and Britain was bankrupt. The best illustration of this could be seen in Figure 1, which shows the share of the world GDP in 1913, just before the World War I and in 1950, five years after it. In 1913, Europe represented here by UK, France and Germany produced 22.3 percent of the global GDP. In 1950, including 5 year reconstruction, it constituted only 15.6 percent. […]

  • Brexit: Good news for Indian companies?

    Cover Story

    The days following Britain's vote to leave the European Union, a perceptible gloom settled over its capital. In Underground stations, over a beer after work, in sandwich shops at lunch, I could hear dismayed Londoners wonder how Brexit could be good news for anyone. […]

  • The European Union and Britain: The End of the Road

    Cover Story

    The result was a political earthquake and the aftershocks are still being felt. Britain’s decision to leave the European Union after 43 years of membership took many by surprise but for those of us who have studied closely that relationship, the outcome was somewhat inevitable. This article seeks to not only historicise the referendum result but also, and perhaps more importantly, to explore the road ahead for the United Kingdom as it seeks to navigate a new path outside the world’s largest trade bloc. The key questions that are focused on here include: Why did Britain vote to leave? What now for domestic British politics and the future of the UK? What kind of new relationship is likely to emerge between London and the remaining 27 EU member states? And what impact, if any, will the decision have on Britain’s global role and ambitions? […]

  • India Scales Swiss Alps Successfully


    "India has set a target of 175GW of renewable energy by 2022 out of which 100 GW will be composed of solar energy. Switzerland has a host of advanced renewable energy technologies including hydro-power and battery storage, which can be a game-changer in the development of Smart Villages and Smart Cities in India. The Swiss Vocational Education and Training System is one of the best in the world with even America seeking Swiss know-how in this area." […]

  • India and the United States What Lies Ahead?


    Indian PM Narendra Modi made his second official visit to Washington – and had his seventh meeting with US President Barack Obama – on June 7-8, amid an outpouring of mutual good will and media excitement. The remarkable transformation in US-India relations since the end of the Cold War has become a cliché, but it’s also true. Also true – it’s still a high maintenance relationship, in which the two countries still periodically have to work hard to get past their miscommunications and frustrations. Reflecting on events since Narendra Modi became prime minister of India, US and India continue to make their relationship deeper and more significant. They have not yet arrived at an agreed-upon template for what it ought to look like, but they are noticeably closer to that point. […]

  • Satya Nadella's India Visit of Poetry, Aspirations and Dreams


    Evoking Ghalib’s verses at Microsoft’s ‘Tech for Good, Ideas for India’ event in India, the 48-year-old India-born Satya Nadella said, “I interpret it differently each year. There is so much to it ... It also tells us that it is not just your dreams that need to be fulfilled. It's also your ability to dream that is worth dying for”. […]

  • Apple CEO Tim Cook's India visit Biting the FDI Pie


    Apple CEO, Tim Cook’s India tour started with an obeisance to Lord Ganesha in Mumbai’s Siddhivinayak temple. His schedule included meeting India’s top business leaders, partying with the King Khan, meeting with the crew of Azhar – a movie on the life of former cricketer Mohammad Azharuddin, watching an IPL cricket match in Kanpur and the final meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He ran into Anant Ambani, whose father Mukesh is rolling out a massive telecom service, and launched the new Modi app at the Prime Minister’s residence in New Delhi. The most important meetings of Cook were with Reliance Jio executives and Airtel's chairman and CEO, Sunil Mittal. […]

  • ‘Trump Still Working on his Political Ideology’


    The halfway point in the race is 270 seats. Although, there are fewer ‘Blue States’, most of the United States other than the east and west coast are, currently, ‘Red’ or ‘Swing’. However, being a ‘Blue State’ on the US west coast, California has 55 seats. The biggest ‘Red State’, Texas comes second with 38, followed by New York with 29 seats, while Illinois and Pennsylvania have 20 each. New York is also considered a ‘Blue State’. In the US presidential elections 2016, ‘Purple States’ might just make all the difference. […]

  • ‘Mexico is another India, Mexicans are second Indians’


    India and the Latin American nation Mexico have strong and robust relationship. Apart from the bilateral tie-ups, both countries also share similar backgrounds. Dating back to the time of their independence till now, both have emerged as a big economy. As on August 1, 1950, Mexico opened its first Embassy in Delhi and laid the foundation of their diplomatic relations. To show the importance of the new relations between the two nations, the first Mexican Ambassador to India was former Mexican President Emilio Portes Gill. […]

  • India-Africa Changing Relations and India’s Diaspora Diplomacy

    Africa Diary

    This summer sees an unprecedented level of Indian diplomatic activities in Africa. First, from 30th May 2016 the Vice President of India Hamid Ansari undertook a five-day visit to Morocco and Tunisia. He was followed by the President of India Pranab Mukherjee, who just a few days later visited 3 African countries – Ghana, Cote d'Ivoire and Namibia. Promising to forge ‘a new relationship’ with Africa, President Pranab Mukherjee has assured people in the continent that India is with them in "all their struggles". This message was conveyed not only during the talks with the African leaders but through the meetings with Indian Diaspora representatives. […]

  • Malawi The Warm Heart of Africa
    Gateway to Rolling Grasslands, Majestic Mountains and Shimmering Waters

    National Day Special

    Malawi is called the 'Switzerland of Africa'. With a geographically-rich landscape, the country probably has one of the most breathtaking sites in Africa. Owing to its geographical diversity, Malawi is also known for its spectacular lakes, mountains, hills, forest reserves and national parks. The country is known as ‘The Warm Heart of Africa’ for a reason. Malawi was ranked No. 3 in Africa on the Global Peace Index 2016. There are approximately 17 million people living in Malawi with a great mix of culture and diversity that includes various tribes such as Chewa, Nyanja, Maravi and Tumbuka with their unique ceremonies, traditions, dress, dances and languages. […]

  • The Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM)
    Dialogue towards Understanding and Collaboration

    National Day Special

    In the course of the past nearly 100 years, Mongolia has been marking her National Day – Naadam in July in which the audience is also a full-fledged participant. Throughout this sparsely populated vast land with a long and proud history, each of its 330 soum (administrative unit) centres turn into marvellous arenas for horse racing, wrestling and archery. Certainly, there are many other colourful events with blends of traditional and modern features from ankle bone-shooting to pageantry of beautifully trotting horses and open-air pop and rock concerts. […]

  • O Canada, Our Home and Native Land
    Canada Day - 01 July

    National Day Special

    July 1st is Canada Day – Canada’s national holiday. This is a day when Canadians across the country and around the world show their pride in their history, culture and achievements. It’s been a day of celebration, where many festivities are held across the country, since 1868. Also, each year young people aged 8 to 18 are invited to express their creativity through arts on what Canada means to them through the Canada Day Challenge. […]

  • International Yoga Day
    A Global Phenomenon

    Soft Diplomacy

    "I would like to thank UN for declaring June 21st, the longest day as World Yoga Day and especially the Prime Minister of India, who has made extra efforts to bring Yoga to the main stream. I would also like to acknowledge the Yoga teachers and Yoga schools which have been striving so hard to make people understand the benefits of Yoga, Though Yoga was born in the Indian sub-continent, it belongs to the world." […]

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