In the last two years, since the advent of the Islamic State terrorist group, a new breed of educated jihadists from the urban middle and upper middle class has emerged in South Asia. This new breed has two nodes of presence: self-radicalised cells and lone-wolf individuals.
There is no significant negative impact of Brexit on the Indian economy as both are historical trading partners and both are keen to strengthen and deepen their economic relationship, which is apparent from the fact that both are looking to establish a Free Trade Agreement in merchandise goods.
On September 29, 2016, it was announced that India had carried out “surgical strikes” across the Line of Control and destroyed so-called “terror launch pads” where terrorists had allegedly assembled to infiltrate Indian-administered Kashmir. Pakistan responded by rejecting them as an over-exaggeration and fabrication of the truth.
On his first visit abroad after assuming office, Nepalese Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal visited India from September 15-18. The choice of India for the first visit by the prime minister of Nepal was a smart move to reinforce India-Nepal special relations.
The primary goal of “Make in India” is to make India a global manufacturing hub. Manufacturing currently occupies a 16 percent share of India’s GDP but the government hopes to raise it to 25 percent by 2025.
The key challenge in the Brahmaputra River Basin is the rising suspicion and distrust, and the lack of open communications between the countries. Negotiations that have happened so far are essentially bilateral and confidential with no public participation.
2016 has proven to be a busy year thus far for diplomats of the major world powers as they flew into South Asia’s capitals to cut deals and cooperate in combating terrorism as well as extending areas of cooperation with geopolitical implications.
On August 8, 2016, over 70 people were killed and more than 120 injured in a suicide bombing in Quetta, the capital of Pakistan’s Balochistan province. As Balochistan is the location of Gwadar Port, the southern terminus of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, the massacre highlights the security risks facing CPEC.
On June 12, 2017, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif flew to Jeddah to meet with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. He was reportedly bluntly asked by King Salman: “Are you with us or with Qatar?”
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his 3 years in office has repeatedly urged the Indian states to contribute to the country’s growth story, and to also play their rightful role in strengthening ties with the outside world.