Taking a ‘Far East’ turn to deepen a friendship

Context Some 48 years ago, when the U.S. and British Navies tried to threaten Indian security during the India-Pakistan war in 1971, the Soviet Union dispatched nuclear-armed flotilla from its Pacific Fleet in support of India. Ever since then, the city of Vladivostok, located in Russia’s Far East, has had Read More …

Who are BASIC, the climate change alliance whose meeting India just attended?

Context The BASIC countries — a grouping of Brazil, South Africa, India and China — held their 28th Ministerial meeting on Climate Change between August 14 and August 16 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. India was represented by Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar, who underlined the Read More …

Rethinking the Gulf

Context: India’s relations with the key Gulf countries have never been as good as they are today. Relation with Gulf nations: The deepening energy interdependence is marked by growing volumes of energy imports into India and the prospect of substantive investments from the Gulf into the Indian hydrocarbon sector The Read More …

India and EU

Context: The European Union released its strategy on India after 14 years. India is on the top of the agenda of the EU in the field of external relations… this strategy paper reflects that EU has taken India’s priorities very seriously.  Transformative shift The new strategy underscores a transformative shift in Brussels Read More …

India and Morocco

Context: The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister has approved the Agreement between India and Morocco on Mutual Legal Assistance in Civil and Commercial Matters. Salient features: Service of summons and other judicial documents or processes; taking of evidence in civil matters; production, identification or examination of documents, recordings; The Read More …

Quad countries to focus on maritime security

Context: The “Quad” countries, namely India, US, Japan and Australia, will hold their next meeting on the sidelines of the 13 th East Asia Summit at Singapore in mid-November, with the grouping keen to step-up maritime security and disaster relief initiatives as well as economic development projects in the critical Indo-Pacific region. Importance Read More …

Protocol on Inland Water Transit and Trade

Context: India and Bangladesh signed several milestone agreements today, for enhancing inland and coastal waterways connectivity between the two countries for trade and cruise movements. The two countries have signed an agreement to use Chattogram and Mongla Ports in Bangladesh for movement of goods to and from India. A Standard Read More …

The India-Russia dialogue

Context: The India-Russia dialogue should not get inextricably entangled in the India-U.S. dialogue. The shadow of America loomed over the India-Russia summit recently held in New Delhi The question that dominated the meet was whether or not the deal for the Russian air defence missile system, the S-400, would go Read More …

What S-400 air defence system deal with Russia means to India?

Context: The Russian government has confirmed that President Vladimir Putin will oversee the signing of the S-400 air defence system deal with India after his arrival Thursday. The over $5-billion deal, whose signing during the visit is “quite likely” according to India, was delayed after it qualified for sanctioning under a new Read More …

India and Tajikistan announce nine agreements

India and Tajikistan announced nine agreements. These are: An agreement on cooperation in the field of disaster management An agreement between the Indian Council of Agricultural Research and the Tajik Academy of Agriculture Sciences An agreement on peaceful use of space technology for developmental purposes An agreement between the Ministry Read More …