As Iran emerges from three decade of economic sanctions, it has embarked on a quest to reunite with its traditional trade partners like India. Both countries have much to give and take as they invigorate trade ties and explore new possibilities.
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The talking points for Prime Minister Modi's upcoming visit to Saudi Arabia will include the obvious: oil, diaspora and economic engagement. What remains to be seen is how both countries differing relations with Iran and Pakistan might affect the dialogue.
After the recent WTO ruling against India on the issue of local content of solar panels, India must revise its renewable energy strategy in favour of wind power. Instead of imported solar panels, India’s renewable capacities can use locally-manufactured windmills.
Ambassador Rajiv Bhatia's article "Myanmar: the chessboard of destiny" was featured in Network Myanmar.
Sameer Patil's article 'Countering military cyber espionage' was republished by Scroll.in.
Two weeks after Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced the Union Budget 2016-2017, it continues to be a hotly discussed topic. This pro-farmer budget has laid down great plans, but in a nation where Mars Missions and farmers suicides occur simultaneously, aspirations will have to take a backseat until the way forward has been paved.
The power game in Myanmar has become clearer with the election of U Htin Kyaw as President. However unanswered questions remain as to the role of NLD leader, Aung Suu Kyi in this new government as well as how Myanmar will operate with two very different groups at the steering wheel.
Six months after a General election was countermanded, Zanzibar is set head into a reelection on the 20 March, 2016. Ambassador Neelam Deo, Director at Gateway House, who participated as an observer in the elections, shares her insights into what led to the reelection and what might come from the opposition boycott of it.
The Indian military faces persistent cyber espionage challenges, especially from social media platforms. It’s time for a pro-active approach.
For all intents and purposes, the Union Budget for 2016 is in the right direction. But what is lacking is clarity, or the nuts and bolts of how Finance Minister Jaitley intends to achieve some of its ambitious objectives.