Obama, Modi to meet on the sidelines of COP21 in Paris

Mo Bo

In an effort to forge an ambitious global climate agreement, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama are set to meet on the sidelines of the COP21 in Paris on November 30.

In Singapore, Modi chants development mantra, seeks FDI

Modi Singapore diaspora

Addressing a 5000 strong Indian diaspora in Singapore, Prime Minister Narendra Modi emphasised on the need for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to develop India. Hailing the Indian diaspora for their contributions to their respective host countries, Mr Modi said, “The way you merged into every nation you went has been wonderful”.

India working towards becoming global manufacturing hub: Modi

Modi Singapore convention

Pitching the India story to potential investors in Singapore, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserted that India is working towards becoming a global manufacturing hub. Addressing the India-Singapore Economic Convention on November 24, Mr Modi spoke about the reforms undertaken by his government in the last 18 months and the renewed confidence of investors in India.


ASEAN economic community’s impact on Southeast Asia


The 10-member ASEAN leaders signed a declaration on November 22, in Kuala Lumpur to establish a formal economic community. The community will attempt to create⋅⋅⋅

Paris 13/11: What Next?


The diligently coordinated and utterly condemnable November 13 terrorist attacks in Paris killing 129 and wounding 352 innocent human beings have terrorized France and the⋅⋅⋅

Modi showcases India’s manufacturing prowess in Singapore

Modi Singapore eco convention

  Showcasing India’s manufacturing potential to the world, Prime Minister Narendra Modi left no stone unturned at the India-Singapore economic convention on November 24 to⋅⋅⋅

The Quote Hanger

Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.

In Conversation

Modi’s France visit to bolster strategic ties, focus on smart cities: Rakesh Sood


India and France are set to galvanise their multifarious relations during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s maiden trip to Paris. The two countries have a robust strategic partnership over the years, and are looking to push the envelope in a host of areas.
In this interview with Manish Chand, Editor-in-Chief, India Writes Network, (, Rakesh Sood, India’s former ambassador to France, speaks about a cluster of issues that will be on the table when Prime Minister Modi holds talks with the French President Francois Hollande in Paris on April 10. He provided an overarching view of what makes India-France relations unique and how the forthcoming prime ministerial visit will impart a renewed momentum in areas of defence, nuclear energy and space and open up new avenues of bilateral cooperation.
(Excerpts from the interview)
Q) How do you look at the trajectory of the India-France relations at this moment? And how do you see the importance of Prime Minister Modi’s visit to France, which is also his first visit to Europe?
A) India and France have had one of the oldest strategic partnerships. What do I mean by a strategic partnership? I mean that we have had long-standing cooperation in areas of defence, nuclear energy and space. Three areas that normally constitute strategic partnership, and particularly in recent decades we have also strengthened our cooperation in the area of counter-terrorism and intelligence-sharing. So I think it is a very substantive relationship and French President Hollande was here in February 2013. Obviously, in 2014 we had our elections and so it is very opportune that Prime Minister Modi is now visiting Paris and other locations in France.

Reshaping Indonesia-India relations critical to 21st century Asia


Vibrant democracies, emerging powers, and partners in the unfolding Asian resurgence. India-Indonesia relations have a rich past, and is looking to zoom into a rich future, bristling with possibilities. Co-founders and fellow-travellers of the Non-Aligned Movement, India and Indonesia have imparted a contemporary strategic dimension to their multi-faceted relationship. From President Sukarno gracing the first Republic Day celebrations of 1950 to India hosting Indonesia’s then President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono as Chief Guest at the Republic Day celebrations in 2011, the India-Indonesia partnership in the 21st century is acquiring new layers and depth.
The year 2014 saw a change of guard in both New Delhi and Jakarta, propelling self-made politicians from humble backgrounds to the top of the power ladder. The new leaderships in both countries are keen to seize the moment to infuse a new energy and vitality into this robust relationship.
Manish Chand, Editor-in-Chief of India Writes Network (, caught up with Indonesia’s Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Dino Patti Djalal in New Delhi for a free-wheeling conversation on the entire gamut of India-Indonesia relations, and much more. In this probing conversation, the suave and eloquent deputy minister shares his views on the future trajectory of India-Indonesia relations, how the two countries can collaborate in areas like pro-poor technologies, a new kind of creative politics emerging in Indonesia and a radical transformation of the image of India from a country ridden with poverty to a country synonymous with enterprise and innovation. India used to be known as a country with a rich past, but now it is seen as a country with a rich future, he says presciently.

Africa has high hopes from Modi govt: Ethiopia envoy


India’s multifarious relations with the resurgent African continent has deepened and acquired a new traction over the last decade or so, especially since the inaugural India-Africa Forum Summit (IAFS) in New Delhi in 2008. India is set to host the third edition of IAFS early next year, which will bring the leaders and representatives of all 54 African countries to the capital Delhi, and is expected to mark an all-round acceleration of this burgeoning partnership. This will also be the first India-Africa Forum Summit, which will be hosted by the Narendra Modi government in New Delhi.

In this wide-ranging conversation with Manish Chand, Editor-in-Chief, India Writes Network ( and Editor of “Two Billion Dreams: Celebrating India-Africa Friendship,” Ethiopian ambassador to India Gennet Zewide strikes an upbeat note about the future trajectory of the India-Africa relations and hopes that this partnership will “tripled, multiplied and even quadrupled” under the new dispensation in New Delhi. The Ethiopian envoy, a former education minister of the East African country, the seat of an ancient civilization, also speaks about the win-win partnership unfolding between India and her country, and the transformative impact of India’s Line of Credit for the country’s sugar industry, which promises to turn Ethiopia from an exporter into an importer of sugar in days to come.


Malaysia to shore up smart cities in India

Modi Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: Building on its redoubtable prowess in building infrastructure, Malaysia is poised to play a bigger plan in India’s ambitious plans to build smart⋅⋅⋅

Modi mantra for India: Reform to Transform

Modi Business summit

KUALA LUMPUR: Reform to Transform – this is the mantra for India’s national transformation Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled at the ASEAN Business and Investment⋅⋅⋅


India must support Renminbi’s entry into IMF’s SDR: CEA


India’s Chief Economic Advisor (CEA) Arvind Subramanian has suggested that India must encourage the entry of China’s currency Renminbi into the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF)⋅⋅⋅

Massive explosions rock Tianjin, 44 killed


A series of blasts hit the northeastern port city of Tianjin, which is around 150 km from the capital city Beijing on August 12. The⋅⋅⋅

Africa Rising

Kenya: An Indian safari

Chapatis are for Christmas and biryani is for weddings. And samosas are forever. Traces of India and Indians can be found just about everywhere in⋅⋅⋅

India & Namibia: Special Ties, New Vistas

It’s a truly multi-dimensional relationship, encompassing business, energy (uranium), Bollywood and yoga. India-Namibia relations are special in many ways, and go back to the days⋅⋅⋅

India & Nigeria: Energising Ties


Business, energy, education, and ideological bonding that harks back to the common struggle against colonialism and apartheid. These are key pillars of the dynamic and⋅⋅⋅

Culture / Books / Ideas


India set to surpass US in Internet user base

India internet usage

India is poised to surpass the US as the second largest Internet user base in the world, signaling the digital revolution in the country. The⋅⋅⋅

High moment for Indian community in Germany: PIO elected Mayor of Bonn

ashok sridharan

At a time when Indians and people of Indian origin are holding influential positions in global companies, foreign governments and, in some cases, even heads⋅⋅⋅

Jesus Christ’s language resonates in Syrian village


Maloula, Syria: Far from the sounds of gunfire and civil conflict that embroil Syria lurks an oasis of faith and miracles in this tiny village⋅⋅⋅


And Then One Day: Naseeruddin Shah tells it all…


Naseeruddin Shah comes across as an actor who knows his craft but does not take filmdom or stardom with any degree of seriousness. A rare ability to laugh at oneself, coupled with an acute understanding of the world of theatre and Bollywood. It is difficult to talk about one’s life with any kind of objectivity and Shah manages just that with his funny bone absolutely intact. Be it the boarding school at Nainital, the hallowed portals of NSD or the Film Institute of Pune, Shah breezes through it all, seeing it with the critical eye of the present and looking at this intelligent non-conformist young Naseeruddin as he hems and haws through life. Not having set goals and not having made the obvious choices, the journey is tough as the young protagonist stumbles along in the haze of marijuana.
Shah’s book has an extremely humane side to it where the reader does not feel in awe of a star but a human being on a journey that continues with all its rough and tumble in place. The book too, plays by its own rules – deciphering but not revealing the man who refuses to be slotted as a hero or a character artist in Bollywood and who chooses to be remembered and not revered for some of the most virtuoso acting skills in the industry.

My Book Story: When Things Fall Apart…


“Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon⋅⋅⋅

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⋅⋅⋅


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,⋅⋅⋅

At the Equator: A tryst with Assange, Darwin and sea lions


Ecuador is probably the only country in the world named after a geographical feature – the equator. Crossing over from the Colombian border post near⋅⋅⋅

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