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On 23rd May 2022, India joined the QUAD countries and nine other nations to form the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity (IPEF), an economic collective comprising 12 nations representing 40% of global GDP.  These include Australia, Brunei, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Despite being a QUAD initiative, the IPEF was unveiled by the US, still the pre-eminent power globally. The IPEF focuses on four aspects,

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India and Denmark relations have elevated to a “green strategic partnership” after an exchange of views in a friendly atmosphere on bilateral relations.  Both countries have agreed to further strengthen cooperation in areas of renewable energy, environment, economy, climate change and science and technology. In this light, the Ananta Centre supported by TATAs held a digital session on “Green Strategic Partnership: Re- energising India Denmark Relations” addressed byH.E. Mr. Freddy Svane, Ambassa

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The bilateral relations between India and the Philippines are well assimilating the essence of geopolitical and geo-economic developments in the Indo-Pacific.India's Act East Policy and the Philippines' new foreign policy orientation through its Indo-Pacific approach are cordial and complementary to this relationship. Both countries share common values and many other commonalities.Thus, the current stage of the relationship between India and the Philippinesaccrues to arobustinteraction through m

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The relationship between India and the UAE is strongly established in millennia of cultural, religious, and economic interaction. The two countries' relationship and trust have evolved and flourished tremendously in recent years. In this setting of common values and strong cooperation, the Ananta Centre supported by TATAs held a digital session on “India-UAE Relations: Breaking New Grounds” addressed by H.E. Dr Ahmed A R Albanna, UAE Ambassador to India. This session was chaired b

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The current tensions and developments near the Ukrainian border have been a matter of great global concern. These tensions highlight the post-Cold War geopolitical flux which has not yielded to a settled world order. Against this backdrop the Ananta Centre held a digital conversation on “War clouds over Ukraine: What They Portend for Global Geopolitics”  between Ambassador P S Raghavan, Former Indian Ambassador to Russia and Prof. C Raja Mohan, Senior Fellow, Asia Society Policy Ins

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In the 21st century, China’s rising uncertain behaviour and rapid increase in its influence and presence in the international arena forms the crux of India-U.S relations. With this rising uncertainty in the geopolitical arena, the India-U.S ties have witnessed a consistent effort to develop a closer and more meaningful relationship at the economic, political and strategic front. Today, India and the U.S have a relationship with China that involves elements of cooperation, competitio

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On 1st February 2022, the Finance Minister of India unveiled the budget for the year 2022-23 in the Parliament. The year 2022 was crucial for the budget, as India marks the completion of the 75th year of independence and the mission of New India 2022. While the Indian economy is experiencing a fluctuating recovery from the post-pandemic era, the budget seeks to lay the foundation and provide a blueprint to steer the economy over Amrit Kaal. In light of this, the Ananta Centre organi

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The bond between India and France is deeply rooted in its historic relations. In recent years, the two countries' relationship and trust have grown and flourished significantly. In this context of shared values and a strong partnership between the two countries, the Ananta Centre hosted a digital webinar with Ms Florence Parly, Minister for the Armed Forces of France, in conversation with Ambassador (Dr.) Mohan Kumar, Chairman, Research and Information System for Developing Countrie

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 While the Indian economy is still recovering from the damages caused by COVID-19, the direction of India's trade policy and where it is headed is an important factor to assess. While India has done well in terms of exports, its policies are increasingly appearing to be protectionist. Against this backdrop, the Ananta Centre hosted a digital session on “Assessing the Direction of India's Trade Policy” moderated by Mr. A K Bhattacharya, Distinguished Fellow, Ananta Centre, Editorial

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The Indian economy is recovering from the damages caused by the second wave of Covid-19 during April and May 2021. The Ananta Centre organised a session on “The Mid-Year Indian Economy Review - Assessing Growth Prospects” to examine the current state of the Indian economy, identifying the possible recovery signs and indicating the growth prospects in the second half of the financial year with Mr Janmejaya Sinha, Chairman, Boston Consulting Group India; Dr Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Former

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It is often difficult for women to thrive at workplaces because of the rules framed by generations of men who have dominated the space for so long. It is no different in the legal profession. To understand what challenges women in law face and how those who rise to the leadership position can help the next generation of women, the Ananta Centre held a virtual session on “The Woman Speaks Series - Women Leadership in Law: Becoming allies for the next generation” with Mishi Choudhary,

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Europe and India share decades old diplomatic ties and have witnessed significant progressover the past few years. On the climate front India and the EU have a great partnership and are looking to enhance it further. The EU and India are the 3rd and 4th largest carbon emitters in the world respectively and have a huge responsibility and role to play in the efforts towards climate change. It is absolutely crucial for the two regions to work together in order to tackle the climate cr

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India had a cultural, historical, economic, spiritual and civilizational links with the CentralAsia region. Exchanges between Central Asia and India were dynamic during the period of the Silk Route, from 3 rd Century BC to 15 th Century BC. Not only movement of goods, like silk, spices, gold, silver, textiles, but also thoughts, ideas, spirituality were exchanged between India and the region. The Bilateral ties between India and Uzbekistan have seen a significant upswing since Indi

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UK-India: Evolution to Transformation

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India and the UK have long-standing historical ties and notwithstanding this baggage of thepast, the UK after 74 years of independence has become one of India’s most important strategic partners. Both the countries enjoy robust political, economic and commercial links. People to people ties are symbiotic and the 1.5 million Indian diaspora in the UK is a living bridge between these two maritime democracies. The relationship has evolved in various aspects and indeed, the May 4 2021

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The recent events in Kabul have grabbed headlines across the globe and also in India. These developments have been a matter of great international concern and those concerns have only compounded with the composition of the Taliban government that was announced two days ago. Against this backdrop the Ananta Centre held a digital session on “The Afghanistan Conflict: On ground experiences from Kabul” with Mr. Shubhajit Roy, Associate Editor and Deputy Chief of National Bureau, The Ind

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India and Bangladesh share bonds of history, language, culture, and have witnessed intense high level engagements over the past few years. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to Bangladesh to commemorate the 50 th anniversary of the war of liberation and the centenary year of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and his meetings with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina showcased the deep history the two nations share, the future plans and the challenges ahead. Both countries had committed to f

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The Pacific Alliance

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India – Pacific Alliance has been one of the most significant regional groupings in the Latin America and the Caribbean. It has witnessed significant progress over the past few years. This truly justifies the commemoration of one of the most momentous and powerful regional groupings of Latin America and the Caribbean, which although overall consists of 33 nations, out of which the four nations of Colombia, Chile, Mexico and Peru decided over a decade ago to congregate and take a ste

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A democracy requires an informed citizenry and transparency of information in order to contain corruption and hold Governments and their instrumentalities accountable. Every citizen of a democracy has the right to inquire and have access to the workings of the Government. In light of this, the Ananta Centre held a digital session on “RTI Act, 2005: A Tool For Effective Governance”with Mr YK Sinha, Chief Information Commissioner of India, and Mr Govindraj Ethiraj, Founder, Boom and IndiaSpend; An

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Economy and Policy Series

India being a country with a vibrant and diverse economy has immense potential to grow and tap into opportunities by addressing issues that have enthralled its economic activities in recent times. As India emerges from the second wave of the pandemic, its economy has been affected immensely. To understand the severity, impact, challenges and the growth prospects, the Ananta Centre organized a session on The Growth Prospect after the second COVID wave –Taking Stock of the Indian Economy, with one

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The Levelling

A strong society is one that stands firmly on a level ground. Such a ground is difficult to build especially when it involves uprooting deeply-embedded gender disparities. Over the years, many women have overcome tremendous odds to hack away at patriarchal structures and contribute to the flattening but, the ground is still vast and jagged. This unique conference is a step in this direction. It aims to catalyse a dialogue between women (and men) of different generations, geographies, demography

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