US sees Modi-fied India as key ally in G20 – Brookings India Report

US sees Modi-fied India as key ally in G20 - Brookings India Report

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.

ISIS can be stopped by a global coalition: Prof MD Nalapat

ISIS can be stopped by a global coalition: Prof MD Nalapat

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.

Dalai Lama to have no successor – Tibet may adopt democracy

Dalai Lama to have no successor - Tibet may adopt democracy

With His Holiness The Dalai Lama saying that he does not wish to have a successor, Tibetan culture may undergo a significant change. While the spiritual head feels that a weak Dalai Lama might prove to be the undoing of Tibetans, experts think that China perceives this as a new […]

India firm on ‘One-India One-China’ policy – Sushma Swaraj

India firm on 'One-India One-China' policy - Sushma Swaraj

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has made it clear that One-China policy will not be endorsed unless Chinese leadership agrees to support One-India policy.

Modi Sarkar’s 100 days, Al-Qaeda’s war on India, India-Australia Uranium deal: Weekly Round-Up

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The first 100 days of Narendra Modi Government drew enormous media attention with citizens across the country sharing their response, reactions and expectations.

Australia Uranium deal signed, Abbott calls India emerging democratic super power: Top & Trending

Australia Uranium deal signed, Abbott calls India emerging democratic super power: Top & Trending

Prime Minister Tony Abbott – the first world leader to be received in Delhi in a full state visit – said Australia was in a unique position to provide the vast reserves of energy needed to power the world’s third largest economy. PM Modi has said that he has accepted […]

Teachers’ Day – Narendra Modi calls himself a taskmaster: Top & Trending

Teachers' Day - Narendra Modi calls himself a taskmaster: Top & Trending

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.

Australian media abuzz with Tony Abbott’s India visit

Australian media abuzz with Tony Abbott's India visit

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.

PM Narendra Modi interacts with school children on Teacher’s Day

PM Narendra Modi interacts with school children on Teacher's Day

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.

India, China should cooperate, not compete: Gautam Mukherjee

India, China should cooperate, not compete: Gautam Mukherjee

A global competitiveness index by WEF puts India at 71st spot, 11 spots down by previous year, among 144 economies that measure national competitiveness defined as the set of institutions, policies and factors that determine the level of productivity.

Al-Qaeda on India – Sushant Sareen analyses implications

Al-Qaeda on India - Sushant Sareen analyses implications

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.

Al-Qaeda’s new chief declares war on India to ‘rescue Muslims': Top & Trending

Al-Qaeda's new chief declares war on India to 'rescue Muslims': Top & Trending

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.

Tony Abbott needs Narendra Modi to minimise dependence on China

Tony Abbott needs Narendra Modi to minimise dependence on China

Australia is keen to bolster trade ties with India. Signing the deal to sell uranium opens the gate for closer ties on other trade and minimise its dependence on China for export earnings. Tony Abbott knows India under Narendra Modi’s leadership can shift power balance in Asia.

India, Australia to sign Uranium Export Deal in gesture of trust

India, Australia to sign Uranium Export Deal in gesture of trust

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”.

India-Japan partnership – Modi not only promises, he delivers: MD Nalapat

India-Japan partnership - Modi not only promises, he delivers: MD Nalapat

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.