#Cover Story, #2017, #December 2017

As 2017 draws to a close, we look at a number of steps taken by the Narendra Modi government to clean up processes and lay out a roadmap for faster growth.

It is never a wise thing to look back upon, and label a year when there’s still half a month to go for the New Year. Having got that caveat aside, it would be fair to call 2017 the year of clean-ups – when the Narendra Modi government decided to clean up the choke points that were hindering the economy from moving into a higher, more robust growth trajectory in the years to come.

#February 2017, #The Americas, #India-US, #December 2017

There are not too many countries towards whom the new United States President, Donald Trump, has shown a consistently friendly demeanour. India is one of them.

As Trump told Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his most recent phone conversation to New Delhi, he saw India as a “true friend”. India is seen, strategically, as a kindred spirit by President Trump and his team.

#February 2017, #India & China, #December 2017, #India & The World

Asian equations, specially between the two giant economies of China and India will be in focus with the installation of Donald Trump as the 45th US president.

Trump’s belligerent ‘America First’ foreign and commercial policy stance, will in all likelihood, force China to curb its manufactured goods exports to the US, with whom it has a whopping and patently unsustainable trade surplus of nearly half a trillion dollars! It is unlikely that even US MNCs, which have huge export bases in China, could prevail upon Trump to not push back imports from China. This should push Chinese exporters to look for alternate markets during the next five to 10 years, during which China completes its planned switch to greater reliance on domestic consumption. India, with its growing and potentially large domestic markets and long track record of trade deficits, would offer a tempting opportunity for Chinese exporters looking to divert their exports and utilising their installed capacities.

#December 2017, #Last Word

The BJP’s recent state election wins should encourage the government as it proves that good economics is being rewarded by voters.

After a month-long, fractious and often ill-tempered campaign during which some pundits forecast doom for the BJP, the ruling party in Gujarat emerged victorious with 99 seats in a House of 182 – winning a sixth straight term in office.

#December 2017, #India & The World

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a series of strategic visits during the year, including State Visits across Europe, the US and Israel. This snapshot of his official tours around the world captures the diplomatic strides made by India in 2017 and the regions of focus for 2018. His External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj, was also part of this diplomatic agenda, as was Indian President Ram Nath Kovind.

#UK Welcomes Modi, #Yearend 2015

India Inc. took stock of the recent visit by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the UK with a high-profile summit to assess the impact on India-UK relations. “This visit has truly been a vibrant illustration of the partnership and the commitment we have to India… the UK will remain the place for India to come to within Europe,” was the message from Priti Patel, Britain’s employment minister.

#UK Welcomes Modi, #Yearend 2015

India and the UK announced deals worth £9.2 billion during Prime Minister Narendra Modi visit to the UK this week. A new rupee bond to fund Indian Railways, a civil nuclear pact and collaborations in the field of defence and cyber security were among the highlights of what British Prime Minister David Cameron described as a “new dynamic modern partnership”.

#UK Welcomes Modi, #Yearend 2015

David Cameron shared an easy chemistry with Narendra Modi during the long-awaited visit by the Indian Prime Minister to Britain in November. The British Prime Minister was by Modi’s side through most of his official engagements and also shared a more quiet time together during an overnight stay at Chequers, Cameron’s countryside retreat in Buckinghamshire.

#UK Welcomes Modi, #Yearend 2015

The value of investment in UK-India research from the UK Research Councils, the Indian government and third parties received a £72-million boost during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the UK. The research partnership now exceeds £200 million covering programmes across food, energy and water security; health and well-being; smart cities and rapid urbanisation – and increasing access to expertise, resources and facilities.