A Letter From Mumbai

A Letter From Mumbai


Weekly Briefing

Volume V, Issue 31: Thursday 4th August, 2016


Gateway House Features & Blogs

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During the Republican National Convention and the Democratic National Convention, the two parties adopted not only their candidates, but their Party Platforms as well. Ambassador Neelam Deo analyses the foreign policy aspects of the platforms and their implications.
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Home Minister Rajnath Singh is currently in Pakistan for a SAARC Home Ministers summit. Kiren Rijiju, Minister of State for Home Affairs, recently delivered the Evening Keynote Address at The Gateway of India Dialogueheld in Mumbai on 13-14 June 2016. In his speech, Rijiju outlined the steps taken by the Indian Government to counter terrorism and cyberthreats, and clarified that terrorism has no scope in India.
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The GST will not only advance domestic market efficiencies but also add teeth to India’s economic diplomacy by improving the ease of doing business and enhancing competitiveness for exports.
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By Rajrishi Singhal, Senior Fellow, Geoeconomics Studies, Gateway House


The Beijing T20 Summit last week provided an opportunity for scholars, think tank representatives, and government officials to engage in meaningful discussion of global economic governance in preparation for the G20 summit in October. There are now greater steps being taken to produce more tangible and relevant policy options for the consideration of states worldwide, in the context of fostering global good.
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Akshay Mathur, Director of Research, Gateway House


Globalisation appears to be giving way to a wave of nationalist protectionism. At this juncture, it is vital to focus on alternative visions of globalization anchored in concern for the environment, human rights, and economic democracy. The World Social Forum in Montreal will gather more than 5000 people from across the world and serve as a window to the diverse endeavours in favour of a pro-local globalization based on trans-national solidarity.
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By Rajni Bakshi, Gandhi Peace Fellow, Gateway House

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The fall in oil prices means it is now cheaper for ONGC to acquire discovered oil fields than to explore on its own. To profit from the changed dynamic, India needs to go big on a ‘buy’ strategy, and hold off on expensive exploration.
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By Amit Bhandari, Energy and Environment Fellow, Gateway House


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The Gateway House Podcast


With both the Republican National Convention and the Democratic National Conventions having ended, the U.S. Presidential Race begins. Ambassador Neelam Deo, Director at Gateway House, recaps some of her personal highlights from the conventions and some of the challenges which may lie ahead.



Gateway House Events


Akshay Mathur, Director of Research and Fellow of Geoeconomic Studies, Gateway House, participated in a panel dialogue on “Global Governance: System Improving and the Capacity Building” on 29-30 July, alongside academics and think tank representatives from China, Russia, Spain, Italy, Japan, Egypt, Canada, and Australia.
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On 28 July 2016, Sameer Patil gave lectures to educational institutions in Pune on the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) New Strategic Concept, the United States’ policy towards NATO and its implications for India’s security.
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Gateway House in the media


August 1, Bloomberg
Expat Exodus After Islamist Cafe Carnage Imperils Bangladesh
Ambassador Neelam Deo


July 29, Swarajya
Trade And Finance: How The Developed World Is Setting The Rules Which Hurt Countries Like India
K.N. Vaidyanathan and Akshay Mathur


July 29, China Daily
T20 Special: Key Moments
T20 Mumbai


July 28, InDepthNews
Turkey: The Real Coup Is Erdogan’s Purge
Vice Admiral Anil Chopra


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