Since Independence, India has been consumed by its domestic priorities. Now, with increasing integration with the world and a huge stake in global stability, it is time to focus on the global commons. India has a seat on the hightable to design and shape the rules for the governance of the global commons. In this special Independence Day Briefing, Gateway House examines India’s engagement with four global commons – technology, outer space, cyber and the oceans – and makes recommendations on how best they can be governed for our collective future.
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Border regions and communities, some of them far from the heartland, constitute India’s first line of defence, a critical link in its national security. India’s 15,000-km borders touch seven neighbouring countries: Afghanistan (abutting Gilgit), Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, China, Bangladesh, Myanmar. Border regions have their own local dynamics, often shaped by subnational and religious identities that do not necessarily align neatly with political borders. Some also serve as flourishing corridors for illegal smuggling of goods and humans. Technology plays an important role in better protecting borders, but in some cases it has made borders obsolete. Despite their importance, border regions do not receive the full attention of the Indian mainstream, except when border tensions arise.
Prime Minister Modi's Act East policy is taking visible shape as leaders of the 10 Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) take their place as chief guests at India's 2018 Republic Day celebrations. This is unprecedented as New Delhi’s January 26 celebration has never had this large a number of chief guests. The year 2017 marked 50 years of ASEAN’s creation, and also 25 years of India-ASEAN relations.
For the last fortnight, the world has been captivated by the events of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, which elevated Chinese President Xi Jinping to the status accorded to Chairman Mao. Xi Jinping has consolidated his position in the CCP, strengthened his hold over the country and provided a policy road-map for the next five years. 'Xi' Jinping Thought' is now enshrined In the Chinese Constitution just as firmly as was 'Mao Zedong Thought'.
2016 has been marked by unprecedented geopolitical dislocations and dispersals. In January 2016, Gateway House, identified the major emerging global trends. As the year comes to an end, several developments have confirmed these forecasted trends
Acting East, with intensity By Rajiv Bhatia India’s East Asia policy has been a bedrock of the country’s foreign policy, and the Modi government has deepened ties with ASEAN and extra-ASEAN powers in a significant way. As India turns 70, Read more
On 26 May 2016, the Narendra Modi-led BJP government will complete two years in office. While there will be much analysis on past deeds and actions. Gateway House seeks to look ahead at the next three years. We offer you a Read more
India’s Iran opportunity by Mohandas Pai and Manjeet Kripalani Iran has emerged on to the world stage after 36 years of isolation. India must double up its diplomacy and commercial engagement with Iran, and move boldly beyond the curtain of ‘civilisational’ Read more
The nations of the world will meet in Paris for the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, better known as COP21. The conference will be from 30 November till 11 December, 2015. Take a look at India’s climate change achievements and Read more
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in the United States from 23-29 September, his second visit there in the past year. The highlight this time will be a stop at Silicon Valley – the first Indian Prime Minister to do so in more Read more