Gateway Features

Securing India’s interests in volatile Afghanistan

securing india's interests in volatile afghanistan Courtesy: Middle East Institute

On April 14, U.S. President Joe Biden announced that the U.S. will withdraw troops from Afghanistan before September 11, the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. He also urged other regional powers – Pakistan, Russia, China, India, and Turkey – to support Afghanistan. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) followed Biden by announcing that it too will withdraw troops from Afghanistan by the same date. President Biden’s decision will end the U.S.’ ‘longest war’ but leaves Afghanistan at the mercy of a read more

Swiss bankers have become un-Swiss

swiss banking has become un-swiss Courtesy: Shutterstock

Switzerland has the image of a placid and rather dull place. And Swiss banking can appear even duller. For decades the industry has had a reputation for the utmost of discretion and conservatism, although the bank secrecy protocol ended in late 2018, making it more difficult to hide undisclosed wealth. At the thought of Swiss banking, some people may think of “The Gnomes of Zürich,” a term of condescension for Swiss bankers first used by British Labour Party politician Harold read more

Chinese 5G: Kiss of death

BF_Final Courtesy: Uday Deb/Times of India

India’s strategic digital pushback against Chinese investments and apps has encouraged like-minded countries like the US, and some in Europe, to follow suit. Now it’s time to lasso the biggest Chinese domination tool – 5G, the umbrella under which apps, investments and soon governments could operate. This new technology from China should not be looked at in isolation, as simply the purchase of telecom technology read more

Chinese investments in India

ChineseInvestmentsinIndiaReport_2020_Cover Courtesy: Gateway House

China quietly has created a significant place for itself in India in the last five years – in the technology domain. Unable to persuade India to sign on to its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), China has entered the Indian market through venture investments in start-ups and penetrated the online ecosystem with its popular smartphones and their applications read more

Research

Digital Manufacturing in India

Digital manufacturing is the next wave of business globalisation, which, post-pandemic is not just blind automation to save costs but the smart use of digital tools to modernise industry and create good quality jobs. Digital manufacturing is the next leap for India’s tech leadership - the first being the software outsourcing movement in the 1990s. This time around, government incentives are aligning with industry interests. It offers India a chance to reposition itself globally, and play a leadership role.

Foreign Affairs

As the World Burns

A yawning gap has opened up between what countries know about the risks of climate change and what they are doing to reduce them. In the riskier new era of climate change, the longer countries take to close that gap, the more painful and deadly the outcomes.

Book Reviews

Energy Kingdoms: Oil and Political Survival in the Gulf

This book examines concisely and readably how the discovery of oil and natural gas transformed the six oil kingdoms of the Gulf, but profligate energy consumption at home challenged the basis of this very prosperity. It goes on to look at how these countries dealt with the economic crises that struck them

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