Tag: Narendra Modi

Gaganyaan Mission: India’s Leap into Space Exploration with ISRO’s Astronaut Odessey
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Gaganyaan Mission: India’s Leap into Space Exploration with ISRO’s Astronaut Odessey

Four Indian Air Force pilots have been shortlisted for the mission: Group Captain Prashanth Nair, Group Captain Ajit Krishnan, Group Captain Angad Pratap and Wing Commander Shubhanshu Shukla. The success of Gaganyaan would mark India as the fourth nation to achieve human spaceflight capability, following Russia, the US and China.The renowned Indian LVM3 rocket, previously utilised for the Chandrayaan-3 mission, will serve as the launch vehicle for the Gaganyaan mission.The human spaceflight programme has many tangible and intangible benefits as it holds potential for scientific research and advancements.The challenges associated with manned missions include optimum space transportation systems, crew safety and training, and the creation of an earth-like environment among others. ...
India-Oman Strengthening Bilateral Relations
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India-Oman Strengthening Bilateral Relations

Whereas there has always been people-to-people interaction between India and Oman, dating back 5,000 years, diplomatic relations were first established in 1955, and in 2008 the relationship was upgraded to a strategic alliance. Oman is expanding its clean energy corporation with India to promote its renewable sector. ACME India Ltd. has also sealed an agreement for the development and commercial production of a green hydrogen and green ammonia production plant at the port of Duqm in Oman.Given that both countries share the Indian Ocean region and have similar strategic objectives regarding trade routes and marine security, an important factor is the type of bilateral diplomacy. The diplomatic projects that both countries have started, signifying the depth and dedication of the relatio...
Indian Geopolitics in the ‘Amrit Kaal’ – A Roadmap for Harmony, Prosperity, and Collaboration among All Nations
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Indian Geopolitics in the ‘Amrit Kaal’ – A Roadmap for Harmony, Prosperity, and Collaboration among All Nations

While the idea of an "Amrit Kaal" presents an aspirational outlook, achieving such a state of global harmony would demand substantial political determination, cooperation, and unified action from the international community. Achieving the goal of becoming a developed nation in 25 years requires sustained commitment, long-term planning, and collaboration across sectors and stakeholders. India is now in a position of being ‘Ajaatashatru’ of the developing and developed world forging friendships on different but equal terms. The term "Amrit Kaal" from Indian spirituality translates to "Era of Nectar" or "Golden Age." Within geopolitics, referencing the principles of geopolitics through the lens of an "Amrit Kaal" suggests a vision of an epoch marked by harmony, prosperity, and collab...
Release of Navy Veterans | PM Modi’s Assertive Diplomacy Bears Fruits Yet Again
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Release of Navy Veterans | PM Modi’s Assertive Diplomacy Bears Fruits Yet Again

The release of the naval veterans reflects the massive diplomatic might that India has acquired in the last few years, under an able leadership that understands the gravity and density of geopolitical complexities.One needs to unequivocally acknowledge that, this episode would be marked as one of the greatest diplomatic victories achieved in India’s history.India’s foreign policy and strategic architecture have been revamped by Dr S Jaishankar and Mr Ajit Doval. But the Centripetal force of this strategic transformation happens to be none other than PM Modi. It had been almost four months since eight former Indian Navy personnel were sentenced to death on fake espionage charges in Qatar. There was a large fraternity of journalists, commentators and opposition party leaders, who wer...
White Paper on Indian Economy – Reflection Of The Path Towards ‘Viksit Bharat’
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White Paper on Indian Economy – Reflection Of The Path Towards ‘Viksit Bharat’

When the Modi Government took charge in 2014, from the twin balance sheet problem to double-digit inflation, and sporadic development to the foreign exchange crisis, the country had been crippled by the vicious cycle of economic blunders.The white paper shows how decision-making in public policy under the UPA was stuck in the clutches of inordinate delays, slow decision-making and high-profile government scandals, with heightened civil activism becoming a global concern.The document clearly indicates that much of the story of 'Viksit Bharat' is still a ‘work in progress’ and many more transformative changes are in the pipeline. The Vajpayee-led NDA Government demitted office in 2004, laying the foundations for a high growth path and steady economic development. But the prospects of...
Profoundly Insightful and Meticulously Researched Work on India’s Foreign Policy Endeavours
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Profoundly Insightful and Meticulously Researched Work on India’s Foreign Policy Endeavours

(This review was first published by the Centre for Security Studies (CSS), Jindal School of International Affairs, Sonipat, OP Jindal Global University. Republished with permission) The book titled Reimagining India In the Geopolitics of the 21st Century, edited by Dr Nanda Kishor and Prashanth Vaidyaraj, stands as a profoundly insightful and meticulously researched work on India's foreign policy endeavours, elucidating its distinctive standing in global politics amidst the transition from a bipolar to a brief unipolar era and the current multipolar state of the world order. The book also delves into India's visionary perspectives and strategic considerations for the future. It is categorically organized into six primary sections, namely, Section I: India as a World Power, Section ...
Foreign Aid Allocation: A Peek at Modi’s Foreign Policy Through Economic Assistance 
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Foreign Aid Allocation: A Peek at Modi’s Foreign Policy Through Economic Assistance 

Among all the aspects of the budget, foreign aid can give some key insights towards the priorities of the government regarding its foreign policy. Bhutan is set to be the top recipient of foreign aid with ₹2068.5 crores followed by Nepal with ₹700 crores. This is in continuation with the current government's neighbourhood-first policy. While Sri Lanka and Africa have seen an increase in their share of aid, there is a marked decrease in the economic assistance provided by India to the Maldives and Afghanistan. Interim budget for the year 2023-24 was announced by Nirmala Sitharaman. Being a year of general elections, this is just a stopgap budget, with the full budget announced by the next elected government. Interim budget is a budget that has been more often misused by most governm...
Assessing India-France Relations in a World Emerging Out Of American Exceptionalism
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Assessing India-France Relations in a World Emerging Out Of American Exceptionalism

In contrast to American Exceptionalism, the benefits of India-France collaboration lie in various realms, including security and trade.The support of France has been comprehensive and pervasive since establishing the India-France Strategic Partnership in 1998 and has supported India's bid for Permanent Seat in the UNSC, MTCR, Defence Tech, Space Exploration and more.The partnership has strengthened India's defence capabilities and opened avenues for sharing advanced technology with other countries, promoting collaboration and mutual benefit. While India and France have refrained from interfering in each other's internal affairs, the US has repeatedly interfered in its internal affairs and tried to arm-twist India to stop buying crude oil from Russia. President Emmanuel Macron becam...
Analyzing India-France Relations In Light of Macron’s Visit
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Analyzing India-France Relations In Light of Macron’s Visit

The Indo-French partnership has reliability, continuity and synergy, resulting in not just strategic cooperation, but also strong socio-cultural ties between the two. The power dynamics in the Indo-Pacific are a matter of grave concern, as both India and France are well aware that it is the increasing presence of the Chinese, which is posing a serious threat to the freedom of navigation in the region. France is concerned about the threat to its EEZ by which its supply chains lead to inevitable Chinese dependency. However, with the Indian assurance of scaling up the scope and efficiency of its indigenous supply chain mechanisms, the Chinese monopoly can collapse over some time. India needs to keep in mind that France, is neither Russia nor the USA, as it has limited strategic influence...
Why Bharat Matters in Amrit Kaal: 11 Lessons in Diplomacy and Strategy from Ramayana
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Why Bharat Matters in Amrit Kaal: 11 Lessons in Diplomacy and Strategy from Ramayana

Dr Jaishankar uses important events from Ramayana as a primer to give perspective to his learning and understanding of geopolitics and international relations which is welcomingly unique as it will let the world know Bharat has a rich history of strategic thinking when it comes to geopolitics. The book has been written from the ethical dimension of the Ramayana and Mahabharata and also epics of other cultures because the book in essence is about Bharat's rich heritage and culture characterized by our own civilization identity. Swami Vivekananda said that the world is the great gymnasium where we come to make ourselves strong and in his new book ‘Why Bharat Matters', India’s Foreign Minister, Dr S Jaishshankar has elucidated India’s achievements in the global gymnasium and the chal...