Although CEE remains a secondary direction for India’s foreign policy—mainly because the country sees more opportunities in other parts of the world, especially those rich in energy or strategically located—there is still substantial untapped potential for stronger cooperation. However, given India’s serious domestic challenges, global ambitions and already overstretched diplomacy, the future shape of these relations will largely depend on initiatives originating in the region. Keener interest on the part of CCE countries and better coordination of policies towards India between individual countries in the region would certainly help to position these countries better vis-à-vis their larger Asian partner.
Paola Rattu's insight:
Wide room for manoeuvre will certainly open after the adoption of the India-EU free trade agreement in 2013
India has laws against rape; seats reserved for women in buses, female officers; special police help lines. But these measures have been ineffective in the face of a patriarchal and misogynistic culture. It is a culture that believes that the worst aspect of rape is the defilement of the victim, who will no longer be able to find a man to marry her — and that the solution is to marry the rapist.These beliefs aren’t restricted to living rooms, but are expressed openly.
The volume of protests in public and in the media has made clear that the attack was a turning point. The unspeakable truth is that the young woman attacked on Dec. 16 was more fortunate than many rape victims. She was among the very few to receive anything close to justice. She was hospitalized, her statement was recorded and within days all six of the suspected rapists were caught and, now, charged with murder. Such efficiency is unheard-of in India.
Mardi 4 décembre, le Comité International Olympique (CIO) a décidé de suspendre l’Inde du mouvement olympique. En cause, l’ingérence du pouvoir politique dans le processus électoral du comité national olympique indien.
The Forbes list of richest Indians, released last week, is full of businessmen and women from “rent-thick” sectors: real estate, construction, infrastructure, media, cement and mining. These are sectors in which the government continues to play a large role, in the form of licenses and other forms of control, and in which there’s a presumption of a government-business nexus – or collusion, to use a less flattering term, according to Ms. Gandhi and Mr. Walton.
Why might this be important? According to research, there is a positive correlation between economic growth and the wealth of self-made billionaires, while there is a negative correlation between growth and inherited wealth. It’s impossible to establish a conclusive cause-and-effect relationship, but the finding is at least suggestive of the fact that economies populated by those whose wealth is self-made are more dynamic than those that rely on the perpetuation of existing economic elites and their descendants.
In Mumbai, a metropolis teeming with more than 13 million people, activists and ordinary citizens alike lament the dearth of places to get a simple breath of fresh air. A new study demonstrates just how scarce open space is: a mere 6 percent of the city is reserved for it, and of that area, approximately 60 percent is neither developed nor accessible to the public...
The government's mining policy is destroying the country's biodiversity and tiger habitats, an NGO on Sunday claimed and sought a relook into the 'massive' expansion plan of coal fields in forest areas.
On the International Day of Older Persons, WHO welcomes Kolkata, India as the 105th member of its Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities. Kolkata is the first city to join from WHO’s South-East Asia Region. Other member cities include New York, La Plata (Argentina), Canberra and Geneva.
In a decision this year, the European Union agreed to phase out the use of “Darjeeling” on blended teas. Now, just as a bottle of Cognac must come from the region around the French town of Cognac, a cup of Darjeeling tea will have to be made only from tea grown around Darjeeling.
Paola Rattu's insight:
Geographical indications seem to be emerging as a way for Global South to protect typical products in Global Northern markets
China and two of its neighbors, Vietnam and India, were locked in a new dispute on Tuesday over energy exploration in the South China Sea, a signal that Beijing plans to continue its hard line in the increasingly contentious waterway.
It’s one of the best times to be a girl in India’s history, according to a government release earlier this year. The number of girls in schools has increased. The maternal mortality ratio has dropped. The government has carved out more money for women’s welfare measures in the budget. And for the first time, women outnumbered men in the number of literates added to the country in the last decade.
And yet, as the first International Day of the Girl Child was celebrated on Thursday, news of a string of rapes in a northern state, and the response to it from both low-level governing bodies and high-level politicians, highlights India’s scuffled steps toward girls’ rights and gender equality.