India Abstains on “UNHRC Resolution” to Probe in Gaza Violence

What is the News? India has abstained from voting on the resolution at the UN Human Rights Council(UNHRC) on Gaza. The resolution calls for the setting up of the Commission of Inquiry on human rights violations in the recent conflict between Israel and Palestine. About the UNHRC Resolution: The resolution was moved by Pakistan and… Continue reading India Abstains on “UNHRC Resolution” to Probe in Gaza Violence

India’s Act East Policy : Issues and Challenges – Explained, Pointwise

Introduction After the end of the Cold War, the majority of countries made changes to their economic and strategic policies. It was to align themselves to the changing geopolitical realities. India also realized the importance of Southeast Asia in 1992, so it launched a ‘Look East Policy’. The policy aimed at better integration with the… Continue reading India’s Act East Policy : Issues and Challenges – Explained, Pointwise

Indo-US Synergy on Regional, Bilateral and Multilateral issues

Synopsis: The visit of the Indian Foreign Minister to the US presents an opportunity to improve the strategic partnership. It highlights the India-US synergy on bilateral, regional, and multilateral issues. Background: Indo-U.S ties are improving under the Biden administration. The relationship is now showing synergy on bilateral, regional, and multilateral issues. Earlier, They used to… Continue reading Indo-US Synergy on Regional, Bilateral and Multilateral issues

India’s Stand on Palestine and Israel Conflict

Synopsis: In its recent statement, India tried to maintain a balance between its relations with Israel and Palestine. Why is it difficult for India to take sides in this conflict? Introduction  India is a non-permanent at the UN Security Council. It attempted a subtle balancing act by repeating its traditional support for the Palestine cause.… Continue reading India’s Stand on Palestine and Israel Conflict

Future of India – Pakistan Trade Relations

Synopsis: The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of Pakistan put forward a proposal to import sugar, cotton, and cotton yarn from India. Although the proposal was rejected by Pakistan’s government, it is definitely an indication of improving the future course of India-Pakistan trade relations. Background: The two countries are undergoing restrictive trade since 2019. The Pulwama… Continue reading Future of India – Pakistan Trade Relations

Centre to set up “DD International”- A BBC-like channel to push Indian views

What is the News? National public broadcaster Prasar Bharati has floated a tender to establish a new channel named DD International on the lines of BBC World. About DD International: DD International will be the second channel of Doordarshan after DD India. Purpose: The DD International channel will aim to be a truly global channel… Continue reading Centre to set up “DD International”- A BBC-like channel to push Indian views

India’s Palestine policy

Synopsis: India’s statement at the recent UNSC meeting points towards the evolving nature of India’s Palestine policy. The country backed Palestine but without any reference to Jerusalem or its borders. Background: The violence between Israel and Hamas has intensified since the May 11 encounter. It involved the exchange of rockets between Hamas and Israel. A… Continue reading India’s Palestine policy

India’s policy on Israel and Palestine – Explained, Pointwise

Introduction India’s policy on Israel and Palestine faces hindrances due to the Israel-Palestine dispute. This dispute is one of the world’s longest-running and most controversial conflicts. It is a conflict between two self-determination movements — the Jewish nationalist project and the Palestinian nationalist project, in the same territory. This Israel-Palestine dispute has far-reaching impacts on… Continue reading India’s policy on Israel and Palestine – Explained, Pointwise

India’s Vaccine exports are guided by good diplomacy and good epidemiology

Synopsis: The vaccine exports by India have not obstructed its efforts in tackling the Covid-19 outbreak. Rather it is a strategy guided by good diplomacy, good economics and good epidemiology. That is immensely beneficial for the country.  Background: As of May 11, India exported 663.698 lakh vaccine doses to foreign countries. Out of this, 16%… Continue reading India’s Vaccine exports are guided by good diplomacy and good epidemiology

“India-UK Virtual Summit”

What is the News? Indian Prime Minister and the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom has held a Virtual Summit. Initiatives launched during the India-UK Virtual Summit: Comprehensive Roadmap 2030: The Roadmap 2030 was launched during the summit. The Road map aims to elevate India-UK ties to a ‘Comprehensive Strategic Partnership’ by 2030. Currently, India… Continue reading “India-UK Virtual Summit”

Opportunities in India-UK relations

Synopsis:  Through this article, we will discuss the contentious issue hampering India-UK relations as well as possible opportunities of convergence for mutual development. Background India- Britain summit is set to take place digitally. The two leaders are expected to announce a 10-year roadmap to transform the bilateral relationship that will cover a range of areas.… Continue reading Opportunities in India-UK relations

India UK Relations and its challenges – Explained, Pointwise

Introduction India and UK relations have deep historical connections. Both countries have maintained cordial relations since the Independence of India. But both of them struggled to realize their full potential due to various issues and prejudices. The recent developments like Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic provide an opportunity for a fresh start in India UK… Continue reading India UK Relations and its challenges – Explained, Pointwise

Prospects of India- Japan Relations

Synopsis: India- Japan relations will mainly center around the goal of containing aggressive China. A glimpse of it can be seen in the recent Japan-U. S meeting. Background Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is set to visit India as soon as the COVID-19 pandemic normalizes. Outcomes of the recent Japan-US meeting gave a glimpse of… Continue reading Prospects of India- Japan Relations

Changing dynamics of India-US Relations – Explained, Pointwise

Introduction The dynamics of India-US relations are changing. Since the formation of the Biden government, there have been many ups and downs in the relations. Initially, India and the US were seen cooperating in the QUAD summit but, in the last few weeks, the US has taken many steps that go against India’s interests. In… Continue reading Changing dynamics of India-US Relations – Explained, Pointwise

India’s “Deep Submergence Rescue Vessel” Joins Search For Submarine

What is the News? The Indian Navy sent its deep submergence rescue vessel(DSRV) to support the Indonesian Navy in the search and rescue efforts. Indonesian submarine KRI Nanggala went missing with 53 personnel aboard. Note: Indian Navy had received an alert through the International Submarine Escape and Rescue Liaison Office(ISMERLO) regarding the missing Indonesian submarine.… Continue reading India’s “Deep Submergence Rescue Vessel” Joins Search For Submarine

Why India-Russia Relations Demands Reconsideration?

Synopsis: The recent visit of Russia’s Foreign Minister to India has once again highlighted the issues in India-Russia bilateral relations. As Russia has been a good friend to India, it demands a reconsideration. Background: The year 2020 witnessed a break in the annual India-Russia bilateral summit. Before this, the leaders of two countries met every year… Continue reading Why India-Russia Relations Demands Reconsideration?

“Vande Bharat Mission” Becomes One of Top Civilian Evacuation Mission

What is the News? Vande Bharat Mission (VBM) has become one of the largest evacuation missions of civilians by a country. About Vande Bharat Mission(VBM): Vande Bharat Mission started in May 2020 to bring back Indians stranded abroad due to COVID-19 and the resultant lockdowns. The first phase of the Vande Bharat mission aimed at destinations… Continue reading “Vande Bharat Mission” Becomes One of Top Civilian Evacuation Mission

Extradition of Fugitives to India – Explained, Pointwise

Introduction Recently, the U.K’s Home Secretary approved the extradition of diamond merchant Nirav Modi to India. He is wanted in India, in connection with the Punjab National Bank(PNB) fraud. However, the extradition will happen only when the U.K’s cabinet minister approves this order. Till then, Nirav Modi can also make an appeal against the home… Continue reading Extradition of Fugitives to India – Explained, Pointwise

Reviving India-Russia Relationship – Explained, Pointwise

Introduction Recently Russia’s foreign minister visited India and Pakistan. During his Pakistan visit, he mentioned that Russia is “open for any cooperation” with Pakistan. The Pakistan officials consider this as Russia’s “blank cheque” in the relationship. Apart from that, Russia also removed few restrictions in the Russia-Pakistan relationship. On the other hand, India Russia relationship… Continue reading Reviving India-Russia Relationship – Explained, Pointwise

“Raisina Dialogue” 2021 -Prime Minister addresses the Inaugural Session

What is the News? The Prime Minister has delivered a video address at the Inaugural Session of the Raisina Dialogue. About Raisina Dialogue: Raisina Dialogue is an annual multilateral conference on geopolitics and geoeconomics. The Ministry of External Affairs and the Observer Research Foundation have been jointly organizing it since 2016. Purpose: The conference discusses cooperation… Continue reading “Raisina Dialogue” 2021 -Prime Minister addresses the Inaugural Session

Why India Needs to Balance Relations with China, Russia and US?

Synopsis: India must actively engage with all the three big powers (US, Russia, China). It is because there is no guarantee that today’s friends will not confront and today’s enemy will not cooperate in the future. This is based on the principle that change is the only permanent thing in foreign relations. Background: The recent visit… Continue reading Why India Needs to Balance Relations with China, Russia and US?

India’s Initiatives in Seychelles

What is the News? Indian Prime Minister will gift a Fast Patrol Vessel named PS Zoroaster to Seychelles during the virtual event. India’s Assistance to Seychelles: Fast Patrol Vessel PS Zoroaster: Fast Patrol Vessel(FPV) PS Zoroaster will be built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineering. Purpose: It is useful for multi-purpose operations such as patrolling,… Continue reading India’s Initiatives in Seychelles

India contributes $300,000 to “UN Women”

What is the News? India contributes USD 300,000 to the UN Women to support gender equality and women empowerment. About UN Women: UN Women is the United Nations entity, dedicated to promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women. Headquarter: New York Established in: 2010 by the United Nations General Assembly to accelerate the progress on… Continue reading India contributes $300,000 to “UN Women”

The Issues of UNHRC Resolution against Sri Lanka and India’s Stand – Explained, Pointwise

Introduction Recently the United Nations Human Rights Council(UNHRC) adopted a resolution against Human Rights violations in Sri Lanka. However, this is not the first resolution about Human Rights violations in Sri Lanka. The UNHRC earlier had adopted the 30/1 resolution in 2015. The then Sri Lankan government accepted the resolution and started working on it. But… Continue reading The Issues of UNHRC Resolution against Sri Lanka and India’s Stand – Explained, Pointwise

India’s stand on Human Rights violation in Sri Lanka

Synopsis: India maintained balance between the diplomatic relations with Sri Lanka and its support to Tamil minority people in the country. Introduction  The previous government in Sri Lanka had made some commitments to the UNHRC. The commitments include constructive engagement with the international community on the Human Rights violation in Sri Lanka. Further, the government… Continue reading India’s stand on Human Rights violation in Sri Lanka

Brief Analysis of India- Bangladesh Bilateral Relations

Synopsis: An evaluation of India- Bangladesh bilateral relation from the past to the present. Background India played an important role in Bangladesh’s independence. India provided political, diplomatic, military and humanitarian support during Bangladesh’s Liberation War. For example, India lost 3,900 Indian soldiers and provided accommodation to an estimated 10 million Bangladeshi refugees. Following Bangladesh’s Independence,… Continue reading Brief Analysis of India- Bangladesh Bilateral Relations

India-Bangladesh relations – Explained, Pointwise

Introduction Today is the 50th Anniversary of Bangladesh’s independence and also the 50th Anniversary of India-Bangladesh relations. The Indian Prime Minister has gone to Dhaka to take part in the golden jubilee celebrations of Bangladesh’s independence. This is the second time that the incumbent Indian PM has visited Bangladesh. India played a great role in… Continue reading India-Bangladesh relations – Explained, Pointwise

Assessment on India’s counter to International criticism

Synopsis: India needs to address the international criticism of declining democratic values. It will strengthen the world’s largest democracy further. Background Many countries are scrutinising the functioning of Indian democracy due to the alleged diminishing democratic space in India. For example, Recently, annual reports of the United States-based Freedom House and the Sweden-based V-Dem Institute… Continue reading Assessment on India’s counter to International criticism

Potential opportunities in better India-Taiwan relations

Source- The Hindu Syllabus- GS 2 – Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India Synopsis – There are many potential opportunities in developing India-Taiwan relations. But the political will is lacking. Introduction The India-Taiwan relations have improved since the 1990s. India and Taiwan have signed bilateral agreements in the field of agriculture, Custom… Continue reading Potential opportunities in better India-Taiwan relations

Indian Diaspora in US and its Impacts on India- US Relations

Synopsis: The stature of the Indian diaspora in the US is growing. It will have a significant impact on India-US relations. Significance of Indian Diaspora in the US Indian-Americans are the second-largest immigrant community in the US(4 million-plus). They are considered as one of the most influential groups in the US. and they have played a… Continue reading Indian Diaspora in US and its Impacts on India- US Relations

India proposes inclusion of Chabahar port in “INSTC | International North-South Corridor”

What is the news? India’s Foreign Minister addresses the Chabahar Day event organized at the Maritime India Summit 2021. During the address, the minister put forward the following proposal with respect to INSTC (International North-South Transport Corridor): Inclusion of Chabahar Port in the International North-South Transport Corridor(INSTC). Expansion of the INSTC membership by including Afghanistan… Continue reading India proposes inclusion of Chabahar port in “INSTC | International North-South Corridor”

Science and Technology in India’s foreign policies

Synopsis: Covid-19 Pandemic provided India with an opportunity to mainstream science and technology (S&T) in its foreign Policies. It became possible due to the past achievements by the country in the domain of S&T. Background: The roots of India’s scientific programs can be traced to the 1959 speech delivered at the Indian Science Congress by… Continue reading Science and Technology in India’s foreign policies

India-Australia relation: Towards sustainable future

Synopsis: How India and Australia are working towards a sustainable world. Background The year 2020 witnessed the spread of the Pandemic, bushfires in Australia as a consequence of climate change. It has taught the following important lessons to the world. The need to strengthen the resilience of our global communities. The importance of innovation, resources,… Continue reading India-Australia relation: Towards sustainable future

India, Afghanistan agreement to build “Shahtoot Dam” in Kabul

What is the News? India and Afghanistan have signed an agreement to build the Shahtoot Dam in the Afghan capital. Shahtoot Dam: It is a proposed dam in the Kabul river basin. It is one of the five river basins in Afghanistan. Purpose: The dam will provide drinking, irrigation, and Environmental water for Kabul province.… Continue reading India, Afghanistan agreement to build “Shahtoot Dam” in Kabul

Hard Sovereignty and its consequences

Source: The Hindu Gs2: International Relations Synopsis: India’s posture as hard sovereignty will be harmful to India’s national interest in the long run. Background Some recent developments in India suggest that India has developed a new posture of engagement with the world i.e. The hard sovereignty. This posture suggests that any outsider cannot involve in… Continue reading Hard Sovereignty and its consequences

India- Myanmar relations after Coup

Synopsis: India has a deep security relationship with the Myanmar military. It is not in India’s interest to intervene in Myanmar’s politics. Introduction Military rule has returned to Myanmar after a coup. Aung San Suu Kyi along with the political leadership has been detained by the Military. Similar events took place in Myanmar 30 years… Continue reading India- Myanmar relations after Coup

Coup in Myanmar and India-Myanmar bilateral relations – Explained

In a military coup in Myanmar, a state of emergency has been imposed for one year. The coup resulted in establishing military rule again in Myanmar. The military has detained democratically elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other politicians of the country. This action is condemned by the majority of countries around the world.… Continue reading Coup in Myanmar and India-Myanmar bilateral relations – Explained

Chasing National Interests at the UN high table

Source: click here Syllabus: GS 2 Synopsis: India’s mission of achieving its goals at the UNSC should have a clear plan and reveal its material and geopolitical confines. Introduction India has got a two-year non-permanent period at the UNSC. But it is almost certain that India is not getting permanent membership of UNSC  anytime soon.… Continue reading Chasing National Interests at the UN high table

India-Sri Lanka Maritime dispute – Explained

Recently four fishermen from Tamil Nadu died while fishing in Palk Bay.  The cause of death is still not clear. But the Indian government has registered its strong protest with India-Sri Lanka. The arrest and death of fishermen by the Sri-Lankan government is a frequent issue. A press note mentions, “between January 2015 to January… Continue reading India-Sri Lanka Maritime dispute – Explained

MEA’s Eight broad principles to resolve conflict with China

Source: Indian Express Gs2: India and its Neighborhood- Relations. Background: Recently, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar participated in the 13th All-India Conference of China Studies organized by the Institute of Chinese Studies. What were the observations made by the External Affairs Minister in the 13th All-India Conference of China Studies? In the conference, he made… Continue reading MEA’s Eight broad principles to resolve conflict with China

Reasons of increasing Palk Bay fishing conflict

Source: The Hindu Gs2: India and its Neighborhood- Relations. Synopsis: The recent death of 4 fishermen resurfaces the unresolved issue of fisheries conflict between India-Sri Lanka at Palk Bay. Background: Recently four fishermen from Tamil Nadu died while fishing in Palk Bay. Tamil Nadu has accused Sri Lankan Navy of that. But, the Sri Lankan… Continue reading Reasons of increasing Palk Bay fishing conflict

Taiwan-China conflict and India’s stand on it

Recently Taiwan reported a large scale incursion in its air defence zone by Nuclear-capable Chinese bombers and fighter jets. In response, the U.S. sent an aircraft carrier strike group in the South China Sea. The US claims this as an effort to support freedom of navigation in the region. The China-Taiwan conflict has larger regional… Continue reading Taiwan-China conflict and India’s stand on it

New transition in India-Nepal relations 

Synopsis: Recent Joint Commission Meeting in Delhi was a positive development for bilateral relations of India and Nepal.  Introduction   The Minister for Foreign Affairs of Nepal, Pradeep Kumar Gyawali visited New Delhi for the sixth meeting of the India-Nepal Joint Commission.  What was discussed in the meeting?  In this joint meeting discussions on the following project and assistance took place. It will strengthen India-Nepal relations: –   India assured an early delivery of vaccines to… Continue reading New transition in India-Nepal relations 

 Vaccine Maitri: India Vaccine diplomacy exercise  

Why in News?   India will officially start its vaccine diplomacy with the name “Vaccine Maitri” under  its  Neighborhood First policy.  Vaccine Diplomacy: It is the use of vaccines to increase a country’s diplomatic relationship with  other countries.   Key Features of Vaccine Maitri  India will supply Made-in-India Covid-19 vaccines to its neighboring and key partner countries Under its Neighborhood First policy.  Bhutan and Maldives will be the first to get the vaccines followed… Continue reading  Vaccine Maitri: India Vaccine diplomacy exercise  

Chabahar Port 

News: Indian government has supplied a consignment of two Mobile Harbour Cranes- MHC to Chabahar Port in Iran.   Facts:   Source: Indian Express   Chabahar Port: It is a seaport in Chabahar located in southeastern Iran, It is located on the Makran coast of Sistan and Baluchistan Province, next to the Gulf of Oman and at the mouth of the… Continue reading Chabahar Port 

Kalapani territorial dispute between India and Nepal resurfaced

Synopsis: Kalapani territory is one of the major disputed border areas between India and Nepal. But the dispute is not yet resolved by mutual terms and usually resurface time and again. In this article, you can read about the details of the dispute and the steps that India should take. Introduction: Present development Nepal has raised… Continue reading Kalapani territorial dispute between India and Nepal resurfaced

New opportunities for India in Afghanistan

Synopsis: Change of power in the US has provided India with an opportunity to re-engage with Afghanistan.  Introduction   The National Security Advisor(NSA) Ajit Doval paid a 2-day visit to Kabul. It was the first trip to Afghanistan, by a top Indian official, since the start of Doha Talks between Taliban and Afghan republic representatives.  Both sides… Continue reading New opportunities for India in Afghanistan

Importance of Reviving SAARC

Synopsis- SAARC has become dysfunctional and not able to meet since las 6 years. Reviving SAARC is crucial for countering common challenges in the region, amid COVID pandemic.  Introduction  The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is the regional intergovernmental organization and geopolitical union of nations in South Asia founded in 1985 with 7 member nations.  The group was established… Continue reading Importance of Reviving SAARC

India at the UN – challenges, significance and way forward

This article is based on the recent Indian Express article India at UN high table. Context Recently India has been elected as a non-permanent member to UN Security Council for the 8th time. The United Nations is the most powerful International Organisation that ever existed in the history of mankind. 193 members of the UN… Continue reading India at the UN – challenges, significance and way forward

Diplomatic practices

Synopsis: India is unwilling to interfere in the political turmoil of Kathmandu and Beijing on the other hand is making efforts to preserve the unity of ruling party in Nepal. Stances of both the countries are very different from their traditional foreign policies. Introduction Interventions in the happenings of neighbouring countries have been a permanent feature… Continue reading Diplomatic practices