In the last two decades, there have been three India-Africa summits, a testament to the growth of bilateral relations. Rajiv Bhatia's book, India-Africa Relations: Changing Horizons, highlights Africa’s emergence as a global powerhouse, with several countries vying for a stake in the region. India’s unique political and economic development model appeals to the African, and can be used to forge an enduring relationship with the continent.
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India has a long-standing and unique relationship with Africa. However, China's presence and influence has resulted in geopolitical competition, with the two Asian nations vying to expand and deepen their engagement with Africa. Beijing's footprint is considerable, with a long-term strategic objective. To strengthen ties with the continent, New Delhi must match Beijing's ascendancy and lay down mutually beneficial goals. The excerpt from this expansive book on Indo-African engagement examines the Chinese presence in Africa, African agency in external partnerships and the importance of recognising African needs to devise better policies by competing nations.
The new Omicron variant of COVID-19 has caused concern across the globe, especially in Africa. India has shown solidarity with the continent, extending supplies of Made in India vaccines, drugs and medical equipment. Despite some setbacks, there is vast potential for Indo-African collaboration based on strategic advantages and mutual goals.
Africa is a foreign policy priority for India, but evidence shows a recent decline in bilateral trade and investment. There is already a "third scramble" for geopolitical influence in Africa. Now is the time for India to make new commitments in the continent: developing and deepening links in health, space and digital technologies.
Our Distinguished Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies, Amb. Rajiv Bhatia, was a guest on Lok Sabha TV’s ‘Global Review’ hosted by Sachin Chaturvedi, discussing recent elections in Pakistan as well as the BRICS Summit. Watch the full programme here.
Our Distinguished Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies, Amb. Rajiv Bhatia, was interviewed by the Economic Times analysing the visits of Chinese Premier Xi Jingping and Indian PM Narendra Modi to Africa ahead of the BRICS Summit. Read the full article Read more
Our Dist. Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies, Amb. Rajiv Bhatia, mentioned in an article discussing PM Modi and Chinese Premier Xi’s visits to Africa. Read the full article here.
Our Distinguished Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies, Amb. Rajiv Bhatia, joined DD News on a first-ever, special program dedicated to India-Rwanda relations, following the first ever visit by an Indian Prime Minister to the African nation. Watch the full video Read more
Our Distinguished Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies, Amb. Rajiv Bhatia, was mentioned in an article in the Daily Monitor leading up to PM Modi’s visit to Uganda. Read the full article here.