Influential American lawmakers in the United States have renewed efforts to draw India closer into the U.S. ambit by designating it a Major Non-NATO Ally (MNNA). This status for India reflects deepening India-U.S. security cooperation and the unprecedented surge in bilateral defence trade over the last 15 years. In April 2019, a group of six legislators, led by Congressman Joe Wilson (Republican – South Carolina), reintroduced the U.S.-India Enhanced Cooperation Act in the House of Representatives by amending the National Defense Authorization Act read more
It is difficult to imagine today that Iran was once India’s neighbour. The Partition of India and the formation of the State of Pakistan in 1947 separated the two geographically. But the Indian subcontinent and Persian Empire (today’s Iran) have had political, economic and social ties for almost two millennia. Bombay’s Iranians are an emblem of that soft border of the past. The Iranian community, made up of Zoroastrians, and Muslim Shias (about 2,500 in number today, have been a read more
High on the agenda of the recently concluded G20 2019 Assembly in Japan, was a discussion on increasing the share of hydrogen – the cleanest and the most abundant element in the universe – in the global energy budget. In Tokyo, the Paris-based International Energy Agency, presented a report on the significance of hydrogen in the global energy transition to clean and renewable energy systems, the challenges in executing it, and recommended pathways to realize it. Several global innovation efforts are focused read more
Data storage and data protection are the urgent focus areas of governments and private institutions around the world. The current debate generated by India’s stand on data localisation, has its origin in the provisions of local laws on data of countries like China, Russia and now India, in contrast to the laws of the US, Japan and some EU nations. Foreign governments and companies have strongly opposed India’s localisation norms. At the recently-concluded G20 Summit in Osaka in June 2019 read more
India and the world have watched China’s growing investment in Asia and beyond with a mix of awe and apprehension. The unprecedented scale of these investments are reshaping political arrangements around South Asia.
Although China does not want to usurp the United States’ position as the leader of a global order, its actual aim is nearly as consequential. As one Chinese official put it, “Being a great power means you get to do what you want, and no one can say anything about it.” In other words, China is trying to displace, rather than replace, the United States.
This book offers a ringside view of evolving Indo-U.S. ties under two conservative leaders, both engaged in mixing nationalism, religion and populism to advance the global capitalist order. The title points to an interesting departure from the more orthodox view of the bilateral relationship, which is usually from the prism of discord or estrangement