India and World
(A Quarterly Magazine on Global Affairs),


Published by India Writes Network, “India and World,” is a pioneering quarterly magazine focused on global affairs, which seeks to present India’s perspectives on major international issues and debates. “The birth of a new publication is a cause for celebration,” said Mr M.J. Akbar, Minister of State for External Affairs, at the launch of the magazine at India International Centre in front of an audience of diplomats, experts, academics and journalists. The minister underlined India’s growing global role in shaping the international agenda and stressed on the “India First and Indians First,” foreign policy of the Modi government which is celebrating its third anniversary this year.

The launch of the magazine was followed by a panel discussion on the theme of Indian Diplomacy@2020- Power of India. The speakers included: Amb. Jayant Prasad, Director-General, IDSA; Amb. Meera Shankar, India’s former ambassador to US & Germany; Prof. Chintamani Mahapatra, Rector, JNU; Ashok Malik, Distinguished Fellow, ORF; Jayadeva Ranade, President, Centre for China Analysis and Strategy; Sreeram Chaulia, author, The Modi Doctrine;  Pranav Kumar, Head (International Trade), CII.

Indian Diplomacy @2020:

The overarching theme of the inaugural edition – Indian Diplomacy@2020 – has been chosen to focus on India’s evolving relations with major power centres, including the US, China, Russia and Japan, and key regions like ASEAN/East Asia and emerging powers grouped under BRICS. The contributors to the inaugural edition include: former ambassadors – Sudhir Devare, Aftab Seth, Ashok Sajjanhar, H.H.S. Viswanathan, Asoke Kumar Mukherji; and academics and analysts - Jayadeva Ranade, Sriknath Kondapalli and Chintamani Mahapatra. The magazine also features interviews with Dr Vijay Chauthaiwale, BJP’s in-charge of foreign affairs, and Vietnam’s ambassador to India, H.E. Ton Sinh Thanh.

“Amid a changing world order, there is a compelling need to present and understand India’s perspectives on major international issues and debates. India’s viewpoint is becoming increasingly important as it’s hard to envisage any lasting solution to an entire gamut of cross-cutting issues without proactive participation of the world’s most populous democracy, Asia’s third largest economy and an aspiring member of the UN Security Council,” said Manish Chand, publisher and editor-in-chief of the newly-launched magazine, India and World. “India’s positions are doubly important as they transcend the government of the day and dovetail with surging aspirations of over 1.2 billion people who are navigating their way to modernity and sustainable development.”

He underscored the need for a credible, content-rich and visually attractive publication that could cater to a growing appetite for depth and perspective in understanding and analysis of global issues. “We also sense a fatigue with quickie analysis and reportage which often neglect the larger context that frame international developments. Caught in the fever and fret of the moment, we need the Long View more than ever to understand the intimate interlinking of domestic agenda and international developments.”

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Modi, Trump strike a new symphony: Blending New India with Making America Great…


The India-US partnership has acquired a new Trump stamp with the US president confidently asserting that the future of this crucial relationship “never looked brighter,” and Prime Minister Narendra Modi underlining a harmonious blending of his vision of a New India and Donald Trump’s anthem of “Making America Great Again.”
The arc of convergence widened between the world’s largest and oldest democracies as India and the US agreed to join hands to destroy and eliminate the scourge of radical Islamist terrorism and expand their “mutually beneficial” economic and strategic partnership.
The details of the one-on-one and delegation level talks are sketchy, and will be more adequately reflected in the joint statement, but it seems Mr Modi has succeeded in forging a personal chemistry with Mr Trump to start a new chapter in India-US relations, which will build on the preceding transformative decade and opens new avenues for taking this mutually empowering partnership to new heights.
“The joint media statement by the two leaders clearly indicates a convergence on vital issues like terrorism, Pakistan and Afghanistan on the one hand, and reaffirms the centrality of the US in India’s development and national resurgence agenda,” says Manish Chand, Editor-in-Chief of India Writes Network and India and World magazine. “The talks in Washington should assuage the Trump anxiety that seemed to haver gripped a section of India’s diplomatic-strategic establishment,” said Mr Chand. But he cautioned: “It’s a good start, but the devil as well as God lies in details.”

Modi-Trump handshake: Such a great Prime Minister, says POTUS


WASHINGTON: A warm handshake, mutual praise and talk of the two democracies converging on a wide range of issues. It was a positive start as Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump, sporting his trademark red tie, sat down for talks in the White House on June 26 to map the way forward for the India-US relationship for the next four years.
Mr Modi looked happy as he engaged in small talk with the US First Couple at the South Portico of the White House as the leaders of the world’s largest and oldest democracies walked together for their first full-spectrum meeting.
“…such a great Prime Minister,” Mr Trump lavished praise on his Indian guest as the two leaders were joined by their respective delegations. “I’ve been speaking with you and reading about you and you’ve done a great job economically India’s doing very well. And in so many other ways, I congratulate you,” said the US president, known for his flamboyance and mercurial temperament.
The two leaders are understood to have discussed a wide array of issues, including scaling up economic relations and galvanising their burgeoning defence partnership. Mr Trump thanked the Indian leader for purchasing American defence equipment, and added with his trademark swagger: “nobody makes it as better than we do.” Read more…

Trump-Modi dinner: What’s cooking, what’s on menu?


It promises to be a gourmet meal as the leaders of the world’s oldest and largest democracies have their first full-spectrum meeting and dinner in Washington DC on June 26. The buzz and hype surrounding India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s fifth visit to the US is relatively subdued – the carnival-like festive atmosphere and feverish energy that marked his first visit to the US, with his rock-star like show at Madison Square Garden, in September 2014 seems a distant echo, but even though the horizon of expectations has shrunk there are still some appetising dishes on the table which both sides can pick and choose to suit their taste and some serious business to transact.
Looking ahead, cutting through minutiae and complexity of issues, the really important question for India is whether the new US president believes in a “New India” which PM Modi is trying to create and whether this new India synthesises with Trump’s promise of Making America Great Again. If there is win-win fit, then indeed the chronic “hesitations of history” will be passe, and a new symphony can steer India-US relations onto a higher trajectory. Read more…


Indian soldiers’ killing by Pakistani troops sparks call for revenge


The audacious killing of two Indian security men and mutilation of their bodies by Pakistani troops along the de facto border between the two countries in India’s Jammu and Kashmir state has sparked outrage and challenged New Delhi to walk its tough talk against cross-border terror.
Within hours of the despicable incident, which came less than 24 hours after Pakistan Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa visited the de facto border, India vowed to exact revenge for the mutilation of the bodies during the well-planned act which took place inside Indian territory. Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said that “such acts don’t take place even during war, let alone peace and warned of an appropriate response. “The martyrdom the two Indian troops will not go in vain,” he said.

India-Cyprus connect: Business bonding and anti-terror solidarity


India’s diplomatic profile in the Mediterranean Sea region became a few notches higher when visiting Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades sought New Delhi’s support for the⋅⋅⋅

Poland backs India’s NSG bid, stronger economic ties


WARSAW: Imparting a fresh momentum to burgeoning ties with India, Poland, the economic powerhouse in Central Europe, has reaffirmed support for New Delhi’s bid for⋅⋅⋅

The Quote Hanger

Writing is the best way to talk without being interrupted.-JULES RENARD

In Conversation

Vietnam wants India to play a more active role in Southeast Asia: Envoy


It’s a milestone year in India-Vietnam relations as the two strategic partners celebrate the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations. This period has seen a marked acceleration of India-Vietnam relations across the spectrum, including in areas of trade and defence and development. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Vietnam in September 2015 saw the elevation of bilateral ties to the level of Comprehensive Strategic Partnership. The ongoing churn in South China Sea has imparted an added traction to enhancing strategic cooperation between India and Vietnam.
In this wide-ranging interview with Manish Chand, Editor-in-Chief, India Writes Network, Vietnam’s ambassador to India Ton Sinh Thanh outlines a vibrant picture of the trajectory of this crucial relationship and underlines the need for a more active role by India in Southeast Asia and the extended region. The envoy also underscored that the burgeoning India-Vietnam relations is not targeted at China or any third country and stressed on peaceful resolution of the South China Sea dispute through dialogue.
“Vietnam advocates an independent foreign policy and good relations with all nations in the world, including China. The growing India-Vietnam relationship is to serve the interests of both countries and for the sake of peace, stability and cooperation in the region. It is not targeted against any third party,” says the envoy.

Manmohan Singh was accidental finance minister, Narasimha Rao led 1991 reforms and foreign policy reset: Sanjaya Baru


Who was the architect of India’s path-breaking economic reforms of 1991? No prize for guessing it? Think again, it’s time to get it right! In this wide-ranging conversation with Manish Chand, Editor-in-Chief of India Writes Network, Dr Baru, a former media advisor to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and a veteran journalist, speaks about defining events of 1991, the pivotal year in not just India’s economic journey, but also in the country’s politics and foreign policy, and the crucial role of Narasimha Rao in shaping outcomes conducive to India’s national interests. In the realm of foreign policy, Dr Baru outlines defining steps taken by Narasimha Rao in response to emerging global power shifts, including the launch of Look East policy, resetting relations with the US and China and the outreach to Israel. Commenting on the ongoing political churn in India, the author says that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 2004 election victory has brought a quarter century of accidental prime ministers in the country to an end, but he needs a second term to leave a lasting legacy. Excerpts from the interview) – Read more….

The world is within you: Jack Makani


At 72, Jack Makani defies his age. He is the epitome of fitness. He stands tall and looks suave, attired in his signature blue shirt tucked into a black trouser. A matching black leather belt and black shoes complete the look. A blue cardigan carelessly slung around his shoulder is quite a style statement at his age. He may be beyond all that, but it’s hard to miss his overall persona that spells enigma and magic, literally. On his fourth visit to India, Makani continues to propagate his philosophy of healing with the same zeal as he did years ago.

He is the founding Chairperson of Makani Academy and International Coach and Trainers Association (ICTA), a non-profit firm in Cyprus. He is an internationally certified NLP Master Trainer who has trained and certified several thousands in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) which is an approach to communication, personal development, and psychotherapy. Makani is also the founder of Akasha Healing, a kind of spiritual and intuitive healing. For over three decades, Makani has been teaching his version of NLP and, Akasha Healing along with personal and spiritual development in many countries. He recently developed Hug and Heal campaign to provide psychological refuge to the earthquake survivors in Nepal and people around the world. His self-coaching books have been well-received by audience across the world. And how it all happened is quite a story.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has described his Bharatiya Janata Party’s stunning victory in assembly elections in India’s biggest state Uttar Pradesh as historic and underlined


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has described his Bharatiya Janata Party’s stunning victory in assembly elections in India’s biggest state Uttar ...

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Basking in the glory of astounding electoral victory in India’s largest state of Uttar Pradesh, the head of India’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party Amit


Basking in the glory of astounding electoral victory in India’s largest state of Uttar Pradesh, the head of India’s Hindu ...

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It’s set to be a special ‘Holi’ for India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party he leads. Saffron is the reigning colour as wild celebrations erupted outside the BJP’s national headquarters in Delhi and UP’s capital city of Lucknow. Swamped by fervour of this huge victory, party activists splashed a rainbow of colours, distributed sweets and set off crackers.


It’s set to be a special ‘Holi’ for India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party he leads. ...

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In a spectacular saffron sweep, the Bharatiya Janata Party is heading for a landslide victory in assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, India’s largest state and the epicentre of the country’s politics.


In a spectacular saffron sweep, the Bharatiya Janata Party is heading for a landslide victory in assembly elections in Uttar ...

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Exit polls broadcast by Indian television channels have projected India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi


Exit polls broadcast by Indian television channels have projected India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi

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What they Say

GST could be a subject of studies in US business schools: Modi


“Growth of India presents win-win partner’p for India & US both, US cos. have a great opportunity to contribute to that. The whole world is⋅⋅⋅

Even if you are stuck on Mars, Indian embassy will help:Swaraj


‘Even if you are stuck on Mars, Indian embassy will help’: Sushma’s response to Twitter joke External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj is always ready to⋅⋅⋅

Germany a valuable partner:Modi


“German competencies fit well with my vision for India’s transformation,creating a roadmap of cooperation with focus on trade and investment, security and counter-terrorism, innovation and⋅⋅⋅


Transform, Energise & Clean Budget: Tax relief for middle class, MSMES; boost for farmers


With the overarching mantra of Transform, Energise and Clean India, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presented the Union Budget 2017 in parliament on February 1. “Our agenda for next year is to transform, energise and clean India,” said Mr Jaitley.

Budget Session: President focuses on financial inclusion, empowerment of poor


India’s President Pranab Mukherjee kicked off the Budget session with his speech to a joint session of both houses of the parliament, in which he underscored the BJP-led NDA government’s vision of inclusive economy and governance by highlighting a slew of schemes directed at empowering the poor, the underprivileged and women. Mr Mukherjee described the move to merge the Railway and Union Budgets this year as “historic.”


Belt and Road initiative “a project of the century”: Xi Jinping


Chinese President Xi Jinping
said Belt and Road initiative focuses on the Asian, European and African countries,
In his opening address outlining China’s vision, Xi referred to ancient Silk Road and spoke about significance of various civilisations, including the “Indus and Ganges civilisations”. Without referring to India’s objections to the China-Pakistan-Economic Corridor (CPEC), Xi said, “all countries should respect each other’s sovereignty, dignity and territorial integrity, each other’s development paths and social systems, and each other’s core interests and major concerns.”
Xi said the Belt and Road initiative is “a project of the century” that will benefit people across the world. Denying any attempts to form a “small group” of nations taking part in the Belt and Road initiative of which CPEC is a part, Xi said China plans to build it as a road to peace and link his country to much of Asia, Europe and Africa

Why India is wary of CPEC & OBOR: It’s sovereignty issue


The China challenge or the China threat emerged as a leitmotif in a high-profile international conference in New Delhi, with India being upfront about its political differences with Beijing and asking the latter to respect India’s sovereignty in the course of building the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
India, however, took care to eschew a negative adversarial construct of India-China relations, with Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar making it clear that in New Delhi’s assessment, the rise of India and China can be “mutually supportive.” Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on his part, outlined briefly a template of harmonious India-China relations, saying “respect and sensitivity for each other’s core interests” holds the key.
“China is very sensitive on matters concerning its sovereignty. We expect they will respect other people’s sovereignty,” said Mr Jaishankar at the second edition of Raisina Dialogue, co-organised by India’s Ministry of External Affairs and Observer Research Foundation.

Africa Rising

Modi’s African Safari may yield major economic gains for India

At first sight, it may appear that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s African safari that begins on July 7 is yet another manifestation of his itch⋅⋅⋅

As PM eyes new horizons in Africa, China factor looms


When was the last time an Indian prime minister travelled to four African countries in one stretch? It’s a tough one, and is sure to evoke a long pause, followed by silence and murmurs of can’t remember. This question has been asked with a tinge of anguish many a time in Africa circles, but with Prime Minister Narendra Modi heading to Mozambique, South Africa, Kenya and Tanzania early this week, it’s going to be replaced, mercifully, by what’s next.

11 Indians held in Nigeria released

The ordeal of eleven Indians languishing in a Nigerian prison for two years has come to an end with their release. External Affairs Minister Sushma⋅⋅⋅

Culture / Books / Ideas


Cultural diplomacy poised for a bigger role, to promote Brand India: ICCR chief Amarendra Khatua


Politics divides, culture connects. In Shanghai, a pact was signed between India and China to recreate Raj Kapoor’s 1951 classic Awaara into a contemporary Chinese opera.
Amarendra Khatua, the new director-general of Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), who was in Shanghai to deliver the keynote address at the 18th China Shanghai International Arts Festival (CSIAF), struck an upbeat note on long-standing civilisational ties and promoting cultural exchanges in Tier-II and Tier-III cities in India and China. The joint theatrical remake of Awaara, which remains the most popular Indian movie in China, hints at more such collaborative cultural tie-ups India is set to pursue in days to come.
“Cultural diplomacy is poised to play a bigger role in India’s foreign policy calculus in days and months to come and promote Brand India,” said Khatua, a veteran diplomat who is also famous as an accomplished poet who writes and translates in English, Hindi and other Indian languages.

Namaste France: Celebrating Indo-French cultural connect


Namaste France, Bonjour India! The cultural alchemy between India and France is for real, and is now seen in all its glory and myriad splendour in the moveable feast of Indian culture, songs, dance, films, plays and performances which has rolled out across cities in France, inviting the French to soak in the eternal wonder that is India.
The sheer scale of Namaste France festival is staggering and attest to the expanding canvas of India-France cultural relations: 75 days, 23 cities and the crème de la crème of India’s performing arts dazzling the French audience.

Indian Muslims have forged an Indo-Islamic Culture: VP Ansari

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Hailing the Indian Muslims who have lived in a religiously pluralistic society over the years and for intermingling with the local culture, India’s Vice President⋅⋅⋅


Snowflakes of Time: Poems by Kanwal Sibal

 Why write poetry, when there are apparently more weighty and profitable things to do? Diplomat Kanwal Sibal, who has grappled with realpolitick and the chessboard⋅⋅⋅

Garden of Enchanted Stones: Amarendra Khatua


Amarendra Khatua’s anthology “Garden of Enchanted Stones & other poems” encircle around love, longing, exile, despair and the ephemerality of existence. Half-made songs of love⋅⋅⋅

Booker glory beckons Amitav Ghosh


The Booker glory beckons Indian novelist and essayist Amitav Ghosh yet again. Having narrowly missed the Anglophone world’s most coveted literary honour in 2008, the⋅⋅⋅

Why Write?

Mickey Spillane: The older, the better


If you’re a singer you lose your voice. A baseball player loses his arm. A writer gets more knowledge, and if he’s good, the older⋅⋅⋅

Samuel Johnson: Reading and making of a book


The greatest part of a writer’s time is spent in reading, in order to write; a man will turn over half a library to make⋅⋅⋅

Eudora Welty: Taking Life as it Exists


“The writing of a novel is taking life as it already exists, not to report it but to make an object, toward the end that⋅⋅⋅


Nevada bets on India, to open tourism office soon

Nevada tourism office-India

Nevada, the US’ western state known for casinos and picturesque landscape, is betting big on luring more tourists from India. Nevada Lt Governor Thomas Hutchinson⋅⋅⋅

Border-crossing: Supper in Sweden, Dinner in Denmark

Arial photo of the bridge with ferry passing under

For those of us living in India, crossing over casually is a distant dream. Even though India and Pakistan were one over six decades ago,⋅⋅⋅

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