Indiary

Follow us

Logbook of an Ambassador

28 April 2015

Is the Indian Ocean India’s Ocean?

The “Persian Gulf” is a well-established historical and geographical term, practically uncontested. Iran, today’s Persia, would not allow anybody to shorten it just to the “Gulf” or, even more daringly for Iran, to alter it to “Arab Gulf”.

2578
0

Read more
29 January 2015

World Economic Forum in Davos: Where was India?

For international politics and economics, the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos is not the measure of all. But the media reporting about the WEF still holds lessons for all. Davos is an annual platform for leaders who remind the world who is still relevant or relevant again. Some of the countries keep coming back to the limelight every year, because they remain relevant.

1374
0

Read more
17 December 2014

From strategic choices to strategic needs

India’s role in international affairs is not at the level of its potential. We have written this before, in this column. Partly, it has to do with India’s economic and industrial growth over the last twenty years, which has remained below the performance of other emerging economies, let alone of Asian and other tigers. Another reason may be the weakness of its leaders over the same time span.

1452
0

Read more
31 October 2014

From strategic options to strategic choices: Prime Minister Modi’s regional policies

India’s Prime Minister seems to have visions for his country’s place in the world and the strength to do something for it. In an earlier comment, we already recognised the Prime Minister’s balanced approach to strategic partnerships. When receiving the Chinese leader, recently, he constructively agreed on a substantial partnership for the development of Indian infrastructure, but did not hesitate to raise controversial topics in the presence of his state guest.

2425
0

Read more
23 September 2014

Prime Minister Modi’s domestic priorities and strategic options

India’s Prime Minister has certainly the right domestic priorities and best intentions herein. Implementing his election campaign promise of better governance, he has started to courageously and forcefully tackle endemic corruption, which is the major obstacle to development. Development should be and is Modi’s ultimate goal.

2476
0

Read more
29 July 2014

Prime Minister Modi: his Hindu credentials and India’s Hindu-Muslim past

The Prime Minister has had a good start in office. Reputational risks from his anti-Muslim past seem under control; the US and the rest of the world’s governments have accepted to deal with him as the legitimate head of India’s Government. But for history-minded observers, the anti-Muslim legacy remains of interest.

2424
0

Read more
23 May 2014

India’s general elections: What is the result?

The result is a landslide victory for the Bharatiya Janata Party, BJP, under the leadership of Narendra Modi. As we predicted, the winner had to be one of the two nation-wide parties; of the two nearly nation-wide parties, BJP and Congress, it had to be BJP. No room was left neither for any regional party nor for the possible third force of the future, the anti-corruption Aam Aadmi Party AAP. Between the two, BJP and Congress, it had to be BJP, because they had a powerful and charismatic leadership during the campaign, Congress had no such leadership.

2596
0

Read more
17 April 2014

India and Switzerland: economic topics of the relationship

India’s share in the global GDP is five percent, a fraction of what it was in 1820, when it started to contract, and a fraction of what it could be today measured against the size of its population or against the example set by China. Strong actors in world trade like EU member States or Switzerland are aware of the gap between reality and the theoretical claim of India’s economy and see it positively as a potential to tap.

1284
0

Read more
7 March 2014

India’s up-coming general elections: Which choices?

India’s “natural party of government” is the Congress Party; it has created the Republic, it has ruled it for most of the time and it still is the one with the widest representation in the country. Its critics, however, consider it as “no longer legitimized for government”. They say Congress is the main cause and the main profiteer of corruption.

2574
0

Read more
10 January 2014

India’s role in Middle East conflicts

‘Nuclear negotiations with Iran’, ‘Geneva talks’ on Syria, decades-old conflict opposing Israel to its Arab neighbours, just three trouble spots in the Middle East where former big European colonial powers France and Britain are regularly involved in the forefront of negotiations. India is not involved in the forefront.

2469
0

Read more

Newsletters

Stay Informed about the Latest News