India-US relations are all set reach a new high under the leadership of President Obama and Prime Minister Modi during the later’s upcoming US visit. As the two leaders prepare to meet in Washington in September end, the Brookings India Initiative, which consists of the Brookings India center in New Delhi and the India Project at Brookings in Washington, decided to highlight some areas of promise in the partnership and suggest ways to translate those opportunities into positive results. Niti Central spoke to WPS Sidhu from Brookings India to understand the various aspects of the report.
Recently, 300 people in the Maldives’ capital city Male marched down its main thoroughfare waving black flags of the Islamic State. They chanted slogans against democracy and held banners that read “Shariah is the only solution”. They ended their protest with a prayer offering support to ISIS.
In conversation with Niti Central, Prof MD Nalapat says that it’s not only about Maldives, but ISIS’s extremist line of thought is catching up across western Asia and the world. The reach of ISIS has increased so much because it has been encouraged to do so with enormous funding, large caches of weaponry and of course the mental support. He also said that India is facing a threat from Al-Qaeda, and unfortunately this kind of propaganda is finding acceptance in many youth across the country.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s programme on the occasion of Teacher’s Day, said that nation building should become a national movement and every individual should be associated with it. He added that if every individual associates himself with the task of nation building, “we can go very far”. PM wants teachers to introspect why meritorious students are not willing to join the profession. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said he would seal a civil nuclear deal to sell uranium to India on Friday, offering to ramp up supplies of energy to help the emerging Asian giant overcome chronic shortages.
This week’s Team Niti Central’s international media round up brings you a comprehensive coverage of Australian PM Tony Abbott’s visit to India that triggered positive reviews about India-Australia bilateral ties. The global media reported heavily on the visit with many experts saying that the Australian PM’s visit to India is a milestone for India’s PM Narendra Modi.
On the eve of Teachers’ Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Teachers’ Day will interact with school children across the country. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called upon teachers to widen the horizon of thinking of their students and to encourage them to think critically about broader issues concerning the nation.
In the latest video released by Al-Qaeda, Ayman al Zawahri has again called on the Muslims to raise the flag of jihad across the Indian subcontinent. This is not the first time such a call has been made. Back in 2001 Al-Zawahiri had called for Muslims to fight in Afghanistan, Kashmir, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Chechnya.
In a 55-minute video posted online, fugitive Al-Qaeda commander Ayman al-Zawahari announced the formation of a new wing of the feared terrorist group dedicated towaging jihad in the Indian subcontinent. Zawahri described the formation of “Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent” as a glad tidings for Muslims “in Burma, Bangladesh, Assam, Gujarat, Ahmedabad, and Kashmir” and said the new wing would rescue Muslims there from injustice and oppression.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott will arrive in Delhi on September 4. Abbott has strongly supported the sealing of the much-awaited Uranium export deal with the India under ‘suitable safeguards’. Tony Abbott said, “If we are prepared to sell Uranium to Russia, and we’ve been prepared to do that in the past, surely we ought to be prepared to provide Uranium to India under suitable safeguards”.
Speaking exclusively to Niti Central, senior journalist Prof. MD Nalapat says being a man of post Nehruvian foreign policy era, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given Japan the attention it deserved for a long time and also a boost to Indian economic growth. He adds that India’s foreign policy has now moved on from being an elite-to-elite job to a comprehensive, strategic and engaging foreign policy. The policy matrix in India for a long time has been disorganised and complex that has evaded both the countries to make a break-through in each other economies.