Marking sixty years of a flourishing relationship between both states one needs to take a look back in time to observe the fine changes. The end of the Second World War witnessed further fragmentation of the Arab states, India’s independent foreign policy made it look in a more positive way towards this region and Kuwait fitted the bill. It is also interesting to note that till the 1970s the Indian Rupee was used as the official currency ii in many Gulf countries including Kuwait. The discovery of oil iii, a valuable commodity added a new economic dimension to Kuwait apart from its traditional economic sectors. Very soon Kuwait became one of India’s largest trading partners, with trade revolving iv mostly around crude oil, petroleum products, cereals, nuclear reactors, organic chemicals, and plastic products. Lots of high-profile visits occurred bilaterally such as the visit of former Prime Minister of India Mrs. Indira Gandhi and the visit of the then Prime Minister of Kuwait H.H. Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah in 2013. Bilateral Trade for the FY 2020-21 stood at 6.27 billion USD’ ( Source: Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi). Cooperation spilled over from economic and trading activities to the opening of an office of the Kuwaiti Defence Attaché to India vi for the purpose of enhancing defense cooperation.
Of late the Covid-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc vii on both the economies, for instance lowering oil prices had compelled the Arab state to delve into its wealth fund viii to make up for the losses. Added to it was the issue of dealing with vaccinations and repeated lockdowns. With ninety per cent of its revenue dependent on oil, the pandemic created frantic scenes. India on the other hand had to not only deal with a devastating second wave but also economically it faced some of the worst hardships. India’s economic growth will also be predictably limited in nature ix and will have to deal with the after-effects of the second wave for times to come.
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How Is The Indian Agriculture Sector Managing With The Pandemic And The Farm Laws?
Of late, the agriculture sector has been hugely impacted by the unprecedented conditions caused by the pandemic. Add to this, the twist given by the new farm laws, which have been enacted across the board, though being opposed vociferously by the farmers primarily from Punjab, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh, which they apprehend that it is a neoliberal move, which they think would lead to the loss of traditional wholesale markets and the corporatization of agriculture. Thus, the situation has become more complex and compounded.
Human Rights In Uzbekistan
Achievements and tasks for the future
A Long-Standing Relationship
India and Kuwait enjoy traditionally warm and friendly relations, rooted in history and sustained people-to-people contact. The year 2020-21 marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between two countries. India has been a natural trading partner of Kuwait and until 1961 Indian Rupee was the legal tender in Kuwait. Till the discovery and development of oil, Kuwait’s economy revolved around its fine harbour and maritime activities which included shipbuilding, pearl diving, fishing and voyages to India on wooden dhows carrying dates, Arabian horses and pearls that were traded for wood, cereals, clothes and spices.
AN INITIATIVE TO PROMOTE PEACE, HARMONY, & PROSPERITY GLOBALLY
VISIT OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MINISTER Dr. S JAISHANKAR TO KUWAIT
The visit of External Affairs Minister, H.E. Dr. S. Jaishankar to Kuwait (9th-11th June 2021) was part of the enhanced political exchange on the 60th anniversary of steady and fruitful diplomatic relations between the two countries. The relation has assumed an unprecedented dimension of trust and care with the mutual pandemic outreach and assistance to each other. The visit was intended to consolidate the attainments of relations so far and expand new areas of mutual cooperation by building bridges of trust and confidence for the security and stability of the region.
INDIAN DIASPORA IN KUWAIT
India and Kuwait savor traditional close-knit ties since time immemorial due to historical trade links, geographical proximity, and cultural ties besides the presence of the Indian diaspora. India is also one of the biggest trading nations of Kuwait and the Gulf nation likewise is a significant supplier of oil to India. The Indian rupee was also the legal tender until 1961 in Kuwait and also the Indo-Kuwaiti trade revolved around textiles, horses, trade, and agricultural goods. Later, the diplomatic ties between the two countries began in 1962 when India was amongst the first nations to recognize the independence of Kuwait.
STRENGTHENING BILATERAL RELATIONSHIP
SIX DECADES OF FRIENDSHIP
INDIA NEEDS TO SHED ITS SOCIALISTIC-ERA FEAR OF PRIVATE SECTOR BIG CORPORATIONS
To become a technologically muscular nation, India needs to shed its socialistic-era fear of private sector big corporations In spite of the fact that service and consumer economy has been a major contributor to India’s GDP, it’s not good enough to meet the rising aspirations of the high-tech digital generation; nor does the service economy enable India to face the complex challenges of national defense, diplomacy, and international trade. Service economy does not create muscle power.
THE CHINESE PLAYBOOK
INFRASTRUCTURAL REVOLUTION GIVES WAY TO NEW GLOBAL POWER
THE AFGHAN CONUNDRUM
On 29 February 2020, the government of the United States and the Taliban signed an agreement in Doha which shall ensure self-determination for Afghanistan.
Beyond Traditional and Modern
JYOTI BHATT is a celebrated and awarded artist, best known for his work in painting and printmaking, as well as his photographic accounts of rural Indian culture and folk art. He and his colleagues founded the “Baroda School” of Indian art. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 2019, and has been honoured with five Lifetime Achievement Awards. In August 2021 he had a conversation with ANANYA PATEL, musing about his life and his art. Excerpts from that conversation are presented in this 2-part series, along with some of his work.
THE GAME CHANGER
INSIDE DHD’S RECORD-SETTING DURAMAX
Building Community Through Education
KIRAN BIR SETHI is changing the experience of childhood in Indian cities through her education curriculum and initiatives to build healthy relationships between students and their communities. Here she is interviewed by KASHISH KALWANI.
Granny Chic Galore!
A homeowner’s holiday décor is an homage to Christmas at her grandma’s house.
INDIANA NOTIFYING 750K AFTER COVID-19 TRACING DATA ACCESSED
Indiana health officials said they are notifying nearly 750,000 state residents that a cybersecurity company “improperly accessed” their personal data from the state’s online COVID-19 contact tracing survey — a description the company disputed as a “falsehood.”
What is My Stereo's Gender?
Readers will recall, distressingly, that I have tried their patience on just about every topic that marginally relates to audio. LP grooves, CD bumps, flat response, boomy bass, warm recordings, cold binary bits—I have waxed philosophically on all of them. Which bring us to today’s audio topic: gender.
One of my closest friends in my hometown had a love marriage, which many considered to be a rebellious act against our small society.
Contentment - THE ART OF REMOVING AND CREATING HABITS
DAAJI continues his series on refining habits, in the light of Patanjali’s Ashtanga Yoga and current scientific and yogic principles and practices. Last month, he explored the first Niyama of purity, shaucha. This month he shares his insights on that pivotal human quality – contentment, which is known in Yoga as santosh.
Carlyle's Goyal Brings India Lessons to Infrastructure, Energy Investing
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Building a Work of Art
To celebrate the release of the 2022 Indian Chief the legend-ary motorcycle company got together two of the world’s most sought after builders, Paul Cox and Keino Sasaki, to customize a bike for celebrated tattoo artist Nikko Hurtado.