Tag: Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia and India Ties – Exemption leading to Inclusion and Mutual Growth
Analysis, Asia, Featured, World

Saudi Arabia and India Ties – Exemption leading to Inclusion and Mutual Growth

Saudi Arabia has removed the police clearance certificate for Indians seeking Saudi visas. Need to look into its implications, growing ties and potential, and reasons for facilitating this move between Riyadh and New Delhi. Saudi Arabia is interested in joining BRICS, as Riyadh sees it as an alternative to its dependence on the west. The […]

Schism in Saudi-Pak relations – Diverging interests and Opportunistic alliances
Asia, Featured, Middle East

Schism in Saudi-Pak relations – Diverging interests and Opportunistic alliances

Pakistan’s relationship with Saudi Arabia is under a heavy stress due a series of strategic blunders committed by Pakistan. The cultural ties have gone under severe strain due to the duplicity and radical tendencies the Pakistani Deep State and the ISI has developed. Pakistan is also having problems in terms of its religious clerics creating […]

India’s Dependence on the Middle East for Oil: Has India found an alternative and what are the options?
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India’s Dependence on the Middle East for Oil: Has India found an alternative and what are the options?

Multiple studies indicate that India’s oil needs will be more than any other country by 2040
Domestic prices of petrol and diesel in India are linked to global fluctuations. 60% of India’s crude oil requirement is fulfilled by Iraq, Iran and Saudi Arabia
Aggressive purchase of foreign currency for importing oil leads to devaluation of rupee and ultimately affecting India’s purchasing power
It will have a cascading effect like depreciation of rupee and will see a big rise in commodity prices leading to inflation.
This is where the importance of domestic production, strengthening of indigenous industries and import substitution comes into picture.
Alternative energy sources like natural gas and solar power is one way to reduce dependence on imported crude oil.

Saudi sentences prominent women rights activist to nearly 6 years in prison; Family calls trail a sham
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Saudi sentences prominent women rights activist to nearly 6 years in prison; Family calls trail a sham

A Saudi court on Monday sentenced prominent human rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul to five years and eight months in prison on terrorism-related charges and banned her from leaving the country for five years. State-linked Saudi news outlet Sabq reported that al-Hathloul had been found guilty on charges of pursuing a foreign agenda, contacting “unfriendly” states […]

Saudi Out… China In! Pakistan forsaking its sovereignty and friendships in order to repay debts
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Saudi Out… China In! Pakistan forsaking its sovereignty and friendships in order to repay debts

China has again bailed out Pakistan as it has agreed to provide a $1.5 billion financing line to repay the $2 billion Saudi Arabia debt. Saudi Arabia has helped Pakistan on multiple occasions in the last 70 years of its existence and even a few years ago it had agreed to give billions in foreign currency. However, it seems that Pakistan wants to replace Saudi Arabia with China as the latter emerges as Pakistan’s principal economic and political supporter.