Following its positive attendance at the SCO meeting last week, Indian premier Narendra Modi will display his effective statesmanship and India’s spirit of collaboration at the Brics and upcoming G20 summits.
Grouping has come a long way from an informal venue for exchanging views to a mature and stable network of multilateral interaction and a pillar of the global economy.
The recent annual BRICS summit gave India the platform to further its ties with China and Brazil and also highlighted India’s growing diplomatic prominence and its significance in BRICS. Highlights: BRICS member nations make up almost 42 per cent of the world’s population, 23 per cent of the global GDP, 17 per cent of world trade and almost 50 per cent of world economic growth. The 11 annual BRICS summit offered a timely check on relations between India and China [...]
Strategic expert Gareth Price concludes how education could be the key to unlock the full potential of the UK-India partnership. Highlights: While Higher education is a British strength, numerous surveys suggest it is an Indian weakness. UK’s reluctant to meet India’s clear request for easier visa access to students could result in them seeking out other countries. A host of non-traditional security challenges like climate change, drug trafficking, infectious diseases, migration, disasters, resource scarcity and transnational crime will affect the [...]
A strategic expert traces the origins of what brought Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa together and what the future holds for these emerging economies of the world. Not too long ago, just about when the BRICS – Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa – group started with their first formal meetings and summits (the first of which took place in 2009),the standard line in leading Western publications was that this was an artificial construct, made up of disparate [...]
India is a crucial partner for South Africa’s economy which offers enormous trade and investment opportunities, writes an expert from the region. South Africa and India relations are enjoying an unprecedented renaissance, founded on shared economic interests and longstanding historical ties since the latter lifted economic sanctions against South Africa after the end of apartheid. Both countries are major players in the global economy and share a common vision of shaping the development agenda through multilateral engagements such as the [...]
It is time for the Commonwealth to introspect on its role for the 21st century and look at adding new members and acquiring a sharper financial focus. As a British citizen of Indian origin born in Uganda, I enjoy a triple connection with the Commonwealth. I was therefore drawn towards speaking in a recent debate on the Commonwealth in the House of Lords — almost like a magnetic field. The focus of my remarks was on two themes. Firstly, the [...]
The average spending on corporate social responsibility (CSR) by companies in India went up 29 basis points to 1.64 per cent last year, edging closer to the government mandate of 2 per cent. The overall expenditure among companies in India on CSR activity registered a significant increase of 22 per cent, latest analysis by ratings agency CRISIL has revealed. The bulk of the CSR money went into education, skills development, healthcare and sanitation initiatives. India’s Companies Act 2013 encourages corporates [...]
Arun Jaitley has carefully nursed the country’s economy back to sound health. He is equally at home rubbing shoulders with the world’s leading industrialists and investors in Davos, London and Singapore and inviting them to invest in India as he is strategising the nitty-gritty of how to win elections in hinterland Indian states. And all this when he isn’t dispensing advice on some of the thorniest legal problems of the land. Meet Arun Jaitley, India’s suave, erudite and very articulate [...]