Region Focus

Trading Places: India and the UK can nuance transactional globalisation

2020-03-26T11:55:24+00:00May 25th, 2018|2017/2018, Region Focus, UK Edition- May 2018|

Ashok Malik, Press Secretary to the President of India, presents his views on Brexit’s impact on India and the UK. Background On Wednesday, 29 March 2017, the United Kingdom formally invoked Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon and began the process of withdrawing from the European Union (EU). This narrative will culminate in the summer of 2019, when the UK will cease to remain a member of the EU. The precise nature of the relationship between the UK and [...]

Who are the Middle Class in South Asia?

2018-05-25T10:24:16+00:00May 24th, 2018|2017/2018, Region Focus, UK Edition- May 2018|

The measurement and identification of the middle class in South Asia, including India in particular, remains subject to significant debate, academics point out. With high GDP growth but also high levels of inequality, South Asia identifies an elusive middle class by either exaggerating or diminishing its size, nature or effectiveness. As anthropologist and researcher of middle class consumerism in India, William Mazzarella observed, “Since the mid-1980s, one of the more noticeable symptoms of the process of social and economic liberalisation in India [...]

India’s West African safari gathers steam

2018-05-25T10:26:11+00:00May 24th, 2018|2017/2018, Region Focus, UK Edition- May 2018|

More than 100 large, medium and small Indian companies across industries have set up operations in West Africa, generating goodwill for India that is helping the country’s energy security needs. Most Indians are not very aware about West Africa beyond the fact that Nigeria, the major economy in the region, is a major producer of oil. A vast majority of Indians have only a very hazy idea of countries such as Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Benin, Burkina Faso, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, [...]

US, South Africa, Sri Lanka: Indian firms on a global march

2020-03-26T12:01:41+00:00May 24th, 2018|2017/2018, Region Focus, UK Edition- May 2018|

Companies from sectors such as FMCG, automotive and technology were in the spotlight. Dabur acquires 2 firms in South Africa FMCG major Dabur India completed the acquisition of two South Africa-based companies — D&A Cosmetics Proprietary Ltd and Atlanta Body & Health Products Proprietary Ltd — through its subsidiary. The company had last year announced that it will acquire the two personal care products companies in South Africa for a total cash consideration of 50 million rands (Rs 25 crores). [...]

UK-India Tech Alliance marks new age of bilateral ties

2020-03-26T12:17:01+00:00May 24th, 2018|2017/2018, Region Focus, UK Edition- May 2018|

The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the UK between April 17 and 20 was billed as an “unprecedented” affair within diplomatic circles. Modi went on to hold not just one but two meetings with his British counterpart, Theresa May, before they went into the formal deliberations as part of the multilateral Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). The Indian PM, who arrived in the UK from Sweden after the first-ever India-Nordic Summit, was among only a handful of [...]

India has traditional water management wisdom

2018-05-25T10:32:18+00:00May 24th, 2018|2017/2018, Region Focus, UK Edition- May 2018|

A UNESCO expert lays out how the ingenuity of humankind can be combined with the ingenuity of nature for a more sustainable approach to water management. India is rich in freshwater resources, yet faces drought, floods and increasingly exacerbated consequences of tropical cyclones, which disrupt the water cycle. In Rajasthan, just over 30 years ago, unusually low rainfall, combined with excessive logging, led to the worst droughts in its history. One of the poorest districts in the state, Alwar, was [...]

Transport, financial services in focus for India-UK ties

2020-03-26T12:19:33+00:00May 24th, 2018|2017/2018, Region Focus, UK Edition- May 2018|

Investment flows both ways were the highlight in recent weeks. Ola to launch operations in Manchester Bengaluru-based cab-hailing company Ola, after launching its operation in first overseas market in Australia, is all set to launch its operations in the UK. The ride-hailing firm is planning to set up operation in Manchester first and then expand to other parts of the country. Manchester is known to have a huge Indian diaspora, which the firm plans to leverage to get its first [...]

Reset with Russia?

2020-03-26T12:22:40+00:00May 24th, 2018|2017/2018, Region Focus, UK Edition- May 2018|

The Putin-Modi informal meeting in Sochi recently could help arrest a drift in India-Russia ties. writes India Inc. Founder & CEO Manoj Ladwa. The Indian Prime Minister’s recent informal summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping had analysts gushing about a so-called “reset” in ties. By contrast, his meeting this week with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Black Sea port of Sochi generated much less hype. But if any of India’s major international bilateral relationships is, indeed, in need of [...]

Scotland university ties up with India to study river pollution

2018-06-01T08:22:43+00:00May 24th, 2018|2017/2018, Region Focus, UK Edition- May 2018|

University of Strathclyde’s tie-up with Aligarh Muslim University reflects a further boost to India-UK educational and research ties. Scientists from Scotland’s University of Strathclyde have teamed up with colleagues at Aligarh Muslim University to study the impact of industrialisation on two major rivers in both countries. Researchers will analyse samples of indigenous bacteria taken from the River Clyde in Scotland and the Yamuna River in India, a tributary of the Ganges, to understand more about how they respond to industrial pollutants. The two-year study, aimed at learning more about the [...]