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India/Australia. Third Indo-Pacific Oration (Sunjoy Joshi, Marise Payne, Harsh V. Pant, ORF)

With the idea of the Indo-Pacific building greater salience, the potential for cooperation between India and Australia, two large democratic nations in the region continues to grow, reshaping the future of Asia and the world. This was the backdrop of the Third Indo-Pacific Oration, where Honorable Marise Payne, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Women addressed the audience. With the session moderated by Harsh V. Pant, focused on the scope of the Indo-Australian partnership and the growing threats the Indo-Pacific region collectively faced. In his opening statement, Chairman Sunjoy Joshi highlighted some of the different areas of cooperation between India and Australia including climate change, terrorism, cyber intrusion, dependable supply changes, trade and security, remarking that both countries’ efforts to making the Indo-Pacific more resilient.

Third Indo-Pacific Oration | ORF (orfonline.org)

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India/Central and Eastern Europe. India in Central and Eastern Europe: From Non-Alignment to Multi–Alignment (Rahul Kamath, ORF)

India’s External Affairs Minister (EAM) Dr S Jaishankar’s visit to Slovenia, Croatia and Denmark from 2-5 September provided India with an opportunity to review the progress in its bilateral ties with the two Central European countries and Denmark, and to strengthen its relationship with the European Union and its member states. The EAM visited Slovenia from 2-3 September on Slovenia’s invitation as the latter currently holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union; the EAM attended the informal meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of EU Member States on 3 September. Dr. Jaishankar became India’s first foreign minister to visit Slovenia in 30 years, where he held discussions with his European counterparts on issues based on ‘mutual interests’ while carrying on discussions on the Afghanistan crisis, and also participating in a panel discussion on a, “Partnership for a Rules-Based Order in the Indo-Pacific” at the annual Bled Strategic Forum (BSF). The Forum has evolved into an international conference in the Central and South-Eastern European region since its conception in 2006. 

India in Central and Eastern Europe: From Non-Alignment to Multi–Alignment | ORF (orfonline.org)

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India. Nuclear Safety and Security in India: Emerging Threats and Response Preparedness (Rajeswari (Raji) Pillai Rajagopalan, ORF)

The nuclear domain is constantly grappling with challenges of existing and emerging threats in terms of both nuclear safety and security. Perceptions around nuclear security threats became particularly serious after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States (US). Since then, the international nuclear community has channeled their efforts to build and strengthen global institutions, norms, and regimes in order to build and/or sustain robust and protective mechanisms in the nuclear security domain.

Nuclear Safety and Security in India: Emerging Threats and Response Preparedness | ORF (orfonline.org)

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TechInnovation-India. From dropout to fintech disruptor: Zerodha’s Nikhil Kamath (Megha Bahree, Al Jazeera)

Nikhil Kamath, 35, co-founded Zerodha, India’s largest trading platform by volume, with his older brother Nithin in 2010 in the southern Indian city of Bangalore.

While it took Zerodha — the name is a combination of “zero” and “rodha”, the Sanskrit word for barrier — a couple of years to get its first thousand users, today it has 4.5 million active monthly users and is the country’s largest trading platform by volume.

From dropout to fintech disruptor: Zerodha’s Nikhil Kamath | Banks News | Al Jazeera

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Defense-Australia-India. AUSINDEX: le marine indiana e australiana si addestrano insieme (Analisi Difesa)

Le marine di India e Australia hanno concluso l’esercitazione congiunta AUSINDEX 2021, sviluppatasi nell’arco di quattro giorni al largo del porto di Darwin, nell’Australia Settentrionale. Nelle stesse ore i ministri della Difesa e degli Esteri dei due Paesi hanno aperto nella capitale indiana i lavori del loro primo dialogo strategico.

AUSINDEX: le marine indiana e australiana si addestrano insieme – Analisi Difesa

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Defense-India-Russia. India’s Military Outreach: Military Logistics Agreements (Rajeswari (Raji) Pillai Rajagopalan, ORF)

India and Russia are set to sign a bilateral military logistics agreement in the coming months.  The India-Russia bilateral agreement is called the Reciprocal Exchange of Logistics Agreement (RELOS), similar in title to an India-U.S. agreement called the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA). Like all logistics service agreements, the RELOS is meant to be a reciprocal arrangement by which the two nations can use the military logistics facilities while on visit to each other’s ports, bases, and military installations.

India’s Military Outreach: Military Logistics Agreements | ORF (orfonline.org)

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India-Hydrogen Economy. If data is the new oil, is Hydrogen the new gas? (Sanjeev S. Ahluwalia, ORF)

In late June this year, Reliance Industries announced a US $10 billion investment for the production and use of hydrogen (H2). H2 is a colourless gas physically. But in the race to Net Zero Carbon, it comes in multiple colours, each representing a specific process.

If data is the new oil, is Hydrogen the new gas? | ORF (orfonline.org)

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India/Russia. Indo-Russian business relationship: Focus on common interests and development needs (Vladislav Voytsekhovich, ORF)

Since India gained independence, its relationship with Russia had always been cordial. However, bilateral business has been undergoing a deep transformation, a function of domestic transformations in India and Russia since the 1980s. Most of the legacy businesses died save for a few niches, but there are green shoots that are promising.

Indo-Russian business relationship: Focus on common interests and development needs | ORF (orfonline.org)

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India. Liberalizing India’s Economy Is Critical for Global Stability (Surya Kanegaonkar, Fair Observer)

The COVID-19 pandemic is increasing inequality globally and even advanced economies have not been spared. Before the pandemic began in 2020, inequality was on the rise. Decades of globalization, loose monetary policy and the rise of oligopolies have contributed to this phenomenon. In many ways, globalization has kept inflation down. When Walmart imports Chinese goods, Americans get more for less.

Can India Rise to the Challenge? (fairobserver.com)

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