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Perspectives on India’s relations with smaller neighbours

Paper No. 6386                                              Dated 5-June-2018
By Col R Hariharan
[This is an edited compilation of answers to questions raised by an Indian research scholar on India’s relations with its smaller neighbours.]
 

Myanmar: Agreement with UN for settling Rohingya Refugees Announced:

Paper No. 6384                            Dated 3-June-2018
By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan
 
On 1st June, Myanmar announced that it had agreed to take steps to create conditions for the safe return of the Rohingya refugees.  The agreement calls for a framework of cooperation that will lead to “voluntary, safe, dignified and sustainable” repatriation of Rohingya refugees to their place of origin or of their choosing.
 
The Agreement:
 

Bangladesh: Mayoral Election in Khulna City: Its Significance.

Paper  No. 6383                           Dated 2-June-2018
By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan
 
In the run up to the General elections, the Mayoral elections to be held on May 15 in Gazipur and Khulna were taken seriously by the two main parties- the Awami League and the BNP as both felt that it would give them an opportunity to test their strength and popularity.
 
Prestigous Issue for both Parties:
 

Wuhan and Sochi Informal Summits An Analysis.

Paper No 6382                        Dated 28-May-2018
By Dr Subhash Kapila
Evidence of PM Modi’s Successful Foreign Policy 
Geopolitical imperatives centering on India’s increasing significance in 2018 arising from Indian PM Narendra Modi’s assertive foreign policy successes post-2014 have resulted in the invitations by the Chinese President and Russian President for the Informal Summits at Wuhan and Sochi within weeks in mid-2018
 

Myanmar- Peace Process in Ruins- Who is Responsible?

Paper No. 6380                         Dated 23-May-2018
By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan.
 

Nepal: The New Communist Party of Nepal: Update No 365

Note No. 801                           Dated 22-May-2018
By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan.
On 17th of May, the Chiefs of UML and Maoists Centre, Nepal announced the merger of their two parties and the formation of a new party- called Communist Party of Nepal. The day also marked the 25th anniversary of late Madan Bhandari of UML who died in a car accident though many still believe that he died under suspicious circumstances.
 

Middle East 2018 Witnesses Russia outmaneuvering US.

Paper No. 6379                          Dated 21-May-2018
By Dr Subhash Kapila
The Middle East historically has been geopolitically turbulent but the United States stayed predominant. In 2018, Middle East sands have shifted wherein perceptionaly Russia seems to
have geopolitically outmanoeuvred the United States in terms of predominance.
 

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