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Domestic politics are impacting overall SAARC relations. As the largest SAARC economy, we must strive to minimise differences with our neighbours by understanding how they perceive our policies, and uphold the promise of this regional bloc.
The move by the Maldives to renege on Bangalore-based GMR’s $500 million investment is a classic case of geopolitics trumping geoeconomics. This is an appropriate time for India to boost its diplomatic efforts by including the Ministry of Commerce in initiatives taken by the Ministry of External Affairs.
In the past few years, the SAARC region has seen promising engagements in mutual cooperation between nations. For these developments to hold, new ideas must be put on the table for discussion. ‘Neighbourhood Views of India’ is our effort towards contributing to that process.
Amit Baruah is the South Asia Studies Fellow at Gateway House: Indian Council on Global Relations. He is an award winning journalist who has lived and reported from India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Singapore. He is the author of Dateline Read more
PolicyMic, an online news platform based in New York, republished an article on the regime change and the brimming political turmoil in the Maldives, written by Ambassador Neelam Deo, Director of Gateway House.
Despite recent regime changes and agitation in the Middle East, the international community's attention has been diverted from the Indian Ocean - via Maldives. After President Nasheed's forced resignation, the country is now in political turmoil.
India's new partnership agreement with the the Maldives marks two definitive trends in India’s foreign policy. It is up to India to match its new treaty diplomacy with domestic institutions that can respond to regional opportunities.
The inaugural South Asia Forum is poised to draw upon business, academia and non-governmental entities to provide inputs for the agenda of the upcoming South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation summit.
The new Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai, armed with professional experience and insight, has promises to keep. Whether the present dialogue with Pakistan is described as ‘composite’ or otherwise, Mathai appears determined to keep it substantive.