Need to reinvigorate India-Russia ties

Business Standard, 8 October, 2015 Premvir Das Snapshot Until now huge defence purchases from US, France and to some extent from Israel have not led to any technology transfer and indigenous defence production in India. While Russia scores high in this regard. Thus, in terms of acquiring indigenous defence capabilities, the gap between what comes from…

A curious case of camaraderie

The Hindu, Business Line SWAPNA KONA NAYUDU Snapshot Whether its the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, the Prague Spring of 1968, and the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in 1979 or 2014 Crimean annexation by Russia or bombing on ISIS in Syria — India chose not to use condemnatory language against Russian foreign policy. Despite dissonances, relations…

India’s ties with Russia are freezing over

The Hindu,  7 October, 2015 G. Parthasarathy Snapshot Russia is pushed to the wall by economic sanctions and falling oil prices. Faced with destabilising and disastrous American policies in Iraq, Libya and most notably Syria, an unannounced Russia-China partnership backed by Iran, Iraq and the Assad dispensation in Damascus, is emerging to counter American unilateralism and dominance…

Time to Revitalise a Flagging India-Russia Partnership

The Quint, 2 September, 2015 Ashok Sajjanhar, former Indian Ambassador Snapshot Changing Geopolitical Dynamics Russia is upset that its position of primacy in defence supplies to India has been usurped by the US Rapid decline in international energy prices has pushed Russia into a close relationship with China As with China, there is little meeting…

India’s acceptance of Crimea annexation reflects a vision for multipolar world

blogs.lse.ac.uk Miko Brown Snapshot: India is unwilling to to criticize Russian actions in Ukraine, Crimea. India is unwilling to participate in democracy exporting/promotion business of the West. India supports normative principles of non-intervention, sovereignty and territorial integrity. One of the reasons for supporting Russia criticizes Russia’s interventions, it would be not able to justify its…

Russia and India: A 21st Century Decline

The Diplomat, 6 June, 2015 What was once a robust defense trade has fallen away in recent years. Can it rebound? As strategic relations go, few countries can match the enduring partnership that India and Russia have shared since the 1960s. For close to half a century Russia has been New Delhi’s foremost military supplier.…

Vladimir Putin’s Productive India Visit

The Diplomat, 12 December, 2014 Russian President Vladimir Putin’s annual summit visit to India this year was a brief affair. Putin came looking for assurances that an India led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi would have no truck with Western attempts to isolate Russia and will continue to be a “time tested and reliable” partner,…