Obama, Abe, Hollande. Each time the leader of a friendly nation visits India, a perception is created that India is closest to that country. Hence, dispassionate reflection is essential to assess the recent visit of the French president and India-France relations. First, the symbolism: Hollande’s visit as chief guest at the recent Republic Day celebrations is the fifth occasion a French leader received the honour. In January 1976, Prime Minister Chirac was chief guest. read more
The world is in the midst of growing geo-economic instability that is generating widespread global political turbulence. Even as the weight of economic activity continues to shift from West to East, the institutions of global governance remain firmly in the hands of the West. Gateway House argues that this is rendering these institutions incapable of addressing the many issues crying out for mitigation. The past year has already seen a number of upheavals flowing out of the steep fall in the price of oil, the turbulence in West Asia, the western rapprochement with Iran and the atrocities committed by the Islamic State (ISIS). read more
The film Airlift is a commercial success. I was bewildered by its repeated attempts to suppress the truth and suggest falsehood. It seems the director, Raja Krishna Menon, has no idea as to how the Government of India works. There is a deliberate attempt on his part to show the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) India, Air India, and Indian embassies in Kuwait, Iraq, and Jordan as thoroughly incompetent to deal with a national crisis. read more
It is that time of the year again. Newspapers, business channels, Internet sites are all full of ideas, suggestions and even advice for Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. The minister’s appointment diary is brimming with meetings scheduled with representatives from industry, trade unions and agriculturalists. They all come armed with wish-lists, hoping to influence the final design of this year’s Budget exercise. Jaitley is on track to present his third budget (for 2016-17) and, while patiently sticking to the routine of meeting various lobbies and representatives read more
News & Analysis
1 February 2016 - 6 February 2016
This report of Gateway House's Policy Trip to Myanmar recommends how India can participate in Myanmar’s emerging market and enhance India’s trade and strategic interests in Asia
As Iran enters its new economic status quo, the question arises as to whether the nation will realise its potential by opening itself up to the world, or whether the elite will stifle global engagement.
Oliver Stuenkel's book provides a well-researched account of the evolution of BRICS – starting from the forum’s inception in 2009 to the present – and the interactions between Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa on global issues.