‘Informal Summit’ in Wuhan

Context: Expecting a possible reset of ties between India and China in the wake of the ‘informal summit’ in Wuhan (April 27-28) between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping, but the outcome is uncertain. The Wuhan city was possibly chosen by Mr. Xi to showcase China’s progress. As Read More …

Meeting of Cultural Ministers of the SCO

Context: The Minister of State for Culture led the Indian delegation to the 15th Meeting of the Cultural Ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization(SCO) Member States  held in Sanya, Hainan province, on 16th and 17thMay, 2018. India participated for the first time at the Meeting of  Cultural Ministers of the SCO. Read More …

The dragon beckons again

Context: Prime Minister Narendra Modi goes to China on April 27, against the background of turbulence in global geopolitics and some domestic disquiet about “softening” of India’s China policy. The international backdrop: The international backdrop is worrying in many respects. The face-off between the U.S. (and its allies) and Russia is Read More …

What is H-4 visa? Why are spouses of Indian H1-B visa holders worried?

What are H-4 Visa and H1-B visa? H-4 visa is a work permit issued to the spouses of H1-B visa holders under a special order by the previous Obama administration. The H1-B Visa, meanwhile, is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to hire foreign workers on a temporary basis Read More …

India hosted India-Wiesbaden Conference

Context: The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in cooperation with Germany and the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) hosted the India-Wiesbaden Conference 2018 in New Delhi on April 16-17. Other facts: The title of the Conference is ‘Securing Global Supply Chains through Government-Industry Partnerships towards Effective Implementation of Read More …

The myth of rule-making in the international order

Context: Commentaries abound on how emerging powers like China and India are being excluded from institutions in the international order. Exclusion ostensibly prevents them from becoming rule makers that presumably would allow them to make or create rules that help address problems like climate change or nuclear proliferation that no Read More …

India-Myanmar-Thailand (IMT) Trilateral Highway

Context:  Work on the 1,000 km-long India-Myanmar-Thailand (IMT) Trilateral Highway officially started with the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) signing an agreement with a joint-venture (JV) between Punj Lloyd and Varaha Infra to upgrade the Yagyi-Kalewa section of the India-Myanmar Friendship Road in Myanmar. This is NHAI’s first international Read More …

Reappraising India-US

Context: Even as India shifts, ponderously, into damage-control mode in its neighbourhood to atone for past diplomatic maladroitness, the larger security environment is assuming complex dimensions with a US-China trade-war looming, US-Russia relations taking a nose-dive and China’s Belt and Road masterplan unfolding in the Indo-Pacific. For India, however, it Read More …