The novel Coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, or simply COVID-’19 (COVID19, COVID) has made a surprising comeback in the wake of a wounded world having achieved certain success rates in regard to the proliferation of vaccines (and vaccination programs). It was believed, despite the necessary warnings in place, that COVID will subside after a rampant first wave which cost hundreds of thousands of lives and shattered the Gross Domestic Products (GDP) of especially prominent countries such as the United States of America, Japan, the United Kingdom, France, Australia, Russia, and India. That, however, hasn’t turned out to be the case with COVID19 as strong as ever and countries as hacked they have ever been by a pandemic. Well into 2021, the pandemic continues to run amok across the entire world.
The Article briefly assesses India-Russia relations with reference to the COVID19 pandemic, and also briefly ponders upon a post-COVID world that should be led by India and Russia. This leadership will accomplish greatness as is evident from their contributions to the world in responding to the impact of the pandemic (so far).
Contemporary India-Russia Relations
India and Russia are two countries with a largely trouble-free impression of each other in the everyday business of the international community. They are two of the largest countries in the world in terms of land area, Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the sizes and prowess of their respective armed forces, and many other such parameters that determine a promising nation-state’s importance. It is worth noting that both countries are, well into the twenty-first century, still seen as rising powers with any and all potential barely having seen the light of the day. The COVID19 pandemic has all but called for a restart of sorts. India’s allocation of stimulus money to COVID aid has practically ensured that its GDP is swallowed by its external debt (as per reports1, with a 90% public debt ratio, allocations of over 20% and 10% of the GDP to COVID relief must have surely driven the economy into the negative). That said, the economies of India and Russia have displayed immense potential in regard to a comeback.
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“WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO INDIA TO OPEN ITS MARKET”
The Summit is expected to focus on a more resilient global health system by strengthening the World Health Organisation in terms of future pandemic preparedness. After all, trade and economic activity can only thrive when health is restored, Finland’s envoy to India, H.E Ms. Ritva Koukku-Ronde, told Diplomatist’s Business Editor Kanchi BATRA in a written interview ahead of the High Level EU-India Leaders’ Meeting on 8th May.
INDIA-EU: A STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF ASSOCIATIONS
India is one of the very few countries that has established diplomatic relationships with Europe since the 1960s. The relationship between these two countries is continuously evolving and transforming for better. Currently, the relationship between India & EU is not fully taken advantage of its full potential.
INDIA-EU BROAD-BASED TRADE AND INVESTMENT AGREEMENT (BTIA)
India and the European Union (EU) are keen to encourage a model of growth with equity, which is socially inclusive and broad-based. Trade and investment continue to be the cornerstone of their multidimensional relationship. Both have a shared belief in the rules-based bilateral and multilateral trading systems and convinced that deepening bilateral trade relations should support, rather than undermine, the multilateral route. Even though bilateral trade and investment have risen dramatically, there are reasons to conclude that current levels are still below potential. Against this backdrop, attempts have been made to revive the India-EU Broad-based Trade and Investment Agreement (BTIA), negotiations that began in 2007 but stalled since 2013 due to divergence of views on crucial issues. If successfully concluded, BTIA has the potential to bring real substance to the India-EU Strategic Partnership.
THE FUTURE OF INDIA-EU FTA
Introduction India and European Union have shared a close affinity and bilateral ties since times immemorial. Being one of the first countries to establish ties with the European Economic Community in 1962, India cherishes its vital partner and believes that the multifaceted relationship that India and EU share holds immense potential for global change.
FORGING CLIMATE ACTION IN EU-INDIA RELATIONS IN TIMES OF GLOBAL (DIS)ORDER
THE TANGLED TRIUMVIRATE EU-INDIA AND THE INDO-PACIFIC
Identification of the problem and relevance to the EU-India strategic partnership
PROSPECTS FOR INDIA-EU SECURITY COOPERATION
India and the EU have been engaged with each other since the 1960s with India being one of the first countries to establish diplomatic relations with the European Economic Community in 1962.
RECALIBRATING INDIA-EU COOPERATION IN THE INDO-PACIFIC REGION
We are witnessing an obvious manifestation of an Indo-Pacific decade as new actors are defining their strategic interests in the region. Moreover, the EU appears to be the latest entrant. Ahead of the 16th India-EU Summit, the EU has finally adopted a strategy on the Indo-Pacific region. While Brussels is keen to foster deeper engagement in the region with “like-minded partners”, it involves a multitude of challenges from a gamut of stakeholders. With the new strategic rollout and the EU entrenching itself as a dynamic pillar in the Indo-Pacific economic, political, and security architecture, one is coerced to ask what this could mean for India. Could it indeed set their relations on the track to realize the full potentials of the strategic partnership? This article while examining the EU’s Indo-Pacific strategy sheds further light on the emerging opportunities for India and the EU to cooperate.
INDIA AND EU: NEXT STEPS IN STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP
India and the European Union (EU) endorsed the India-EU Strategic Partnership: A Roadmap to 2025 at the 15th India-European Union Summit on 15th July 2020. Its objective is to have a common roadmap to guide joint action to strengthen the India-EU Strategic Partnership till 2025. This partnership aims to get together the values of democracy that both India and the EU uphold to preserve the rules-based international order. Both India and the EU feel that under this partnership they can contribute towards a safer, cleaner and more stable world which will be drastically different post-Covid-19.
EUROPE: A KEY ALLY FOR INDIA
India-EU both share a relationship dating back to the 1960’s. India’s rise as an economic, military and political power has led to it moving closer to other developed nations. These nations look at India as a South Asian superpower which is not only a market for the West but also one such power to counter the rise of China. This can be seen in 2018, where EU called India a geopolitical pillar in the multipolar world. Also, an important nation to maintain a balance of power in South Asia or Asia as a whole.
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