President Cyril Ramaphosa’s visit to India helped further strengthen bilateral ties. The presence of a South African president at the Republic Day parade was especially pertinent, as this year is the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, a common hero to both countries
Distinguished Fellow, Foreign Policy Studies Programme
Ambassador Rajiv Bhatia is a Distinguished Fellow, Foreign Policy Studies Programme at Gateway House. As Director General of the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA) from 2012-15, he played a key role in strengthening India's Track-II research and outreach activities. During a 37-year innings in the Indian Foreign Service (IFS), he served as Ambassador to Myanmar and Mexico and as High Commissioner to Kenya and South Africa. He dealt with a part of South Asia, while posted as Joint Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs. A prolific columnist, he also delivers lectures on foreign policy issues in India and abroad. He was Senior Visiting Research Fellow during 2011-13 at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS), Singapore. He holds a Masters degree in political science from Allahabad University. His book India-Myanmar Relations: Changing contours (Routledge) has received critical acclaim.
Myanmar, East Asia, South Asia, Indian Ocean, Africa, Regional Groupings, Indian Foreign Policy and Diplomacy
Last modified: May 29, 2019
South African president Cyril Ramaphosa, who is in India this week as the chief guest on Republic Day, and Prime Minister Modi both have elections on their minds, but the considerable diplomatic stakes in the bilateral relationship warrant his visit at this time
India’s engagement with Africa is admirable, but its scale has to be widened further
The following remarks were given by Ambassador Rajiv Bhatia, Distinguished Fellow, Foreign Policy Studies, Gateway House as the chair at a panel discussion on 'Geopolitics in the Indo-Pacific: Implications on Maritime Security for India and Vietnam', organised by the Centre for Indo-Pacific Studies, SIS, Jawaharlal Nehru University on January 22, 2019.
Norwegian prime minister Erna Solberg’s visit to India earlier this week had a central focus: strengthening economic and technological cooperation in the Blue Economy. This is an area in which her country has considerable expertise and with which Indian business needs to collaborate in managing industries, such as oil, shipping, fisheries and aquaculture in a ‘green’ way
The following remarks were given by Ambassador Rajiv Bhatia, Distinguished Fellow, Foreign Policy Studies, Gateway House as a panelist at an Interactive Session with Reginah Makgabo Mahaule, Deputy Minister of International Relations, South Africa hosted by RIS on January 9, 2019
Maldives president Mohamed Solih comes to India this week, fresh from his election win and with a host of good intentions. His aim is to recast the bilateral and restore balance in Maldives’ external relations after the previous president’s China-centric leanings. Such a reversal may not emerge instantly
A delegation of experts visiting Sri Lanka last month found that while the smaller nation needs to engage with India, it feels dwarfed by it. Its resistance to India’s overtures has to be seen as a part of its assertion of independence and self-identity
Six months after Malaysia’s parliamentary elections, its domestic affairs are still untidy. The government is combating corruption, but not bringing in constitutional reform. A successor’s name is not emerging clearly either. But Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad’s foreign relations priorities – principally, Japan and China – are in order
The recent opening of the Kartarpur corridor in Punjab and the release of a Canadian parliamentary report on the security breach during Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s India visit are important developments. They present a good opportunity for New Delhi to step up cooperation with Ottawa on countering terrorism and violent extremism