India will be hoping that the Biden administration retains a small military presence in Afghanistan for some more time. Without this, its $15-billion investments and its strategic calculus in the region could be completely upended, leaving the field open for the Pakistan-backed Taliban to take over.
New Delhi recently unveiled new development initiatives for Afghanistan worth $80 million, as it called for an immediate and comprehensive ceasefire in the war-torn country.
As New Delhi aims to strengthen ties with Tehran and Kabul in light of rapidly changing global geopolitics, special attention will be paid to natural resource supply chains and emerging commercial opportunities in the region.
A foreign policy expert analyses the India-China relationship in the aftermath of the recent Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping summit in Wuhan. High-level meetings between India and other countries generally result in a list of memoranda of understand (MoUs) and, relatively, concrete action plans. This could not be said of the informal summit held in late-April between the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, and China’s President, Xi Jinping. Whether the meeting reflected an Indian pivot to China; a reset of [...]
Indian project exports are gradually gaining scale by winning increasingly bigger contracts with a little help from the Indian government. When spectators troop in to watch the likes of Lionel Messi match his skills against Neymar in the 2022 World Cup Football tournament in Qatar, India will have an unseen presence in the 40,000-seat Al Rayan Stadium. A Reuters report recently said Indian contractor Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has won the $135-million contract, through a joint venture, to build the [...]
From a passive acceptance of SAARC’s irreplaceable role as a platform for economic integration and developmental cooperation in the region, the Narendra Modi led government has changed India’s approach.
In the autumn of 2016, the cancellation of the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit scheduled to be held in Islamabad was a defining moment in the life of this 30-year institution. The first SAARC summit was hosted by Dhaka in December 1985. Following that, heads of government of member countries were expected to meet every year.
Manpreet Vohra took charge as the Indian Ambassador in Afghanistan last year and has already presided over some high-profile bilateral developments. The former Joint Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has solid credentials behind him to handle the rigours of his latest diplomatic posting, also having served in the Indian High Commission in Pakistan. He took time out for ‘India Global Business’ to address some pressing questions as well as take stock of ties with Afghanistan, where India has invested over $2 billion in aid and reconstruction.