India will host the 19th meeting of the Council of Heads of Government on 30 November 2020. This will be the first meeting of the grouping’s second highest organ, hosted by India.The significance of the event lies in the timing – India’s relations with two fellow member states,China and Pakistan, are at an exceptionally low ebb; yet the clear message from the SCO Secretariat and other member-states is: India’s presence in the SCO is highly beneficial to the latter and should be fully leveraged to strengthen it as an important and upcoming intergovernmental organisation. This necessitates a fresh appraisal of options for India.
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Rajiv Bhatia is Distinguished Fellow, Foreign Policy Studies Programme, Gateway House. An author and a former ambassador, he comments regularly on various facets of International Relations.
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