Samir Saran
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The just transition framework is unjust

The current Just Energy Transition Partnerships framework does not work for India because it prioritises G7’s agenda and overlooks our specific energy transition needs and challenges

India’s coal economy does not lend itself to the existing structure of Just Energy Transition Partnerships (JET-P) deals. Moreover, JET-P benefits are unlikely to reach the more vulnerable workers in the sector (Ravi Choudhary/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 30, 2023 07:53 PM IST

Why India is key to 21st century multilateralism

The G20 — with its mix of developing and developed countries — offers the perfect platform for India to infuse partner nations with foundational ideas

India’s natural influence as a democracy and sincere interlocutor that can engage the political spectrum of nations gives it unique moral authority. Indeed, 21st century multilateralism needs more Indias (AFP)
Updated on Feb 22, 2023 06:35 AM IST

India will prioritise data for development at G20

To share and benefit from development data, it must be accessible, of high-quality, and offered in real time. India at the helm of G20 has much to offer and will build on principles governing PM Modi’s Digital India initiative

The Indian presidency could be an inflection point for G20’s deliberations around data for development. Since 2019, the theme’s importance has been consistently reaffirmed by G20 leaders. (ANI)
Updated on Dec 14, 2022 09:11 PM IST

India takes charge on the world stage

As India takes over the reins at G20, inclusivity and cooperation are at the core of its mission, as indicated clearly by the symbolism behind its new logo. 2023 will be a watershed year for India in global policymaking

India’s assumption of the G20 presidency is consonant with PM Modi’s mission of undertaking leadership roles on the international stage. (ANI)
Published on Nov 08, 2022 10:32 PM IST

Creating a bridge between SCO, G20

India is assuming the leadership of SCO and G20. While the two groupings have divergent goals, Delhi will need to ensure that the concerns of developing nations are not ignored. An assertive foreign policy that seeks to shape and steer conversations will help

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s reiteration of the importance of ‘democracy, diplomacy, and dialogue’ at the SCO Summit is a message that the G20 leaders should also remember as they prepare to engage at the upcoming G20 Summit in Indonesia and beyond (REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 05, 2022 08:00 PM IST
BySamir Saran and Jhanvi Tripathi

What will India’s G20 presidency focus on?

India takes over the presidency of the group in December. To live up to the potential of this opportunity, it must choose a policy direction to focus on continuity, incorporate green and digital transitions, and recognise the realities of a post-pandemic world

ndia’s presidency must leave the grouping with the agility and energy to respond to new realities, and it must create a future-ready multilateralism through a novel and robust institutional architecture (Shutterstock)
Updated on Jul 04, 2022 09:28 PM IST
BySamir Saran and Jhanvi Tripathi

The world is in flux. Self-reliance is vital

Trusted connectivity, diversified sources of materials, and resilient financial and trading arrangements have become strategic imperatives for India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for self-reliance has acquired a new salience and ironically, achieving it requires astute global interlinkages and perhaps even more dense global networks (ANI)
Updated on Mar 13, 2022 07:30 PM IST
BySamir Saran

The shaky ground that digital democracies walk on

Regulation has to be rethought. Big Tech boardrooms must be held to the standards of responsible behaviour that match their power to influence and persuade

Much of Big Tech is designed and anchored in the United States (US). Understandably, it pushes American — or perhaps Californian — free speech absolutism (Shutterstock)
Updated on Dec 15, 2021 08:29 PM IST
BySamir Saran

The unravelling of Pax Americana

Afghanistan has eroded US power and credibility. A transactional America will now encounter transactional friends

America’s Indo-Pacific project has already faced its first significant setback. The idea that the US will now focus on China with greater intensity is naïve. Land frontiers still matter and the US has ceded South and South-West Asia to Beijing. (File photo)
Updated on Aug 24, 2021 05:34 PM IST
BySamir Saran

In a new world, why old Europe matters

EU and UK are waking up to the Chinese threat, even as the convergence with India is growing

The Paris Agreement has rested on European and Indian shoulders. It is time for Europe and India to shape a new global green deal(REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 29, 2020 05:33 AM IST
BySamir Saran

Resisting Chinese encroachment | Opinion

India must not contribute to the digital and economic rise of the same power that harms it

India has to recognise that Chinese tech is a weapon that will be used against Indian interests. Bar Chinese telecom infra from India’s 5G network. Political trust will shape digital flows(Bloomberg)
Updated on Jul 01, 2020 08:05 PM IST
BySamir Saran and Akhil Deo

How India has actually done a great job in dealing with the Dragon

Despite the power differential, India successfully raised the cost of China’s land grab activities at Doklam, a feat that even the U.S. has struggled to accomplish in East Asia. While China was relentless in the pursuit of its goals, and had the resources to spend, India managed to call its bluff, and simultaneously allayed Bhutan’s concerns.

The benefits of low-key diplomacy must not be underestimated. By engaging China away from the media glare, much to the vexation of New Delhi’s foreign affairs press, the Indian government successfully arrived at a favourable compromise.(AP)
Published on Nov 01, 2017 04:43 PM IST
BySamir Saran

After Doklam, India and China must begin anew at the Xiamen BRICS meet

India will have to learn the fine art of staring down the dragon to preserve its political space, while embracing China for some important economic opportunities. At Doklam, it did the former; will a different India turn up at BRICS?

PM Modi with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, Chinese President Xi Jinping and South African President Jacob Zuma after the welcome ceremony at the 7th BRICS Summit in Ufa.(PTI)
Updated on Sep 03, 2017 04:28 PM IST
BySamir Saran

Trump’s stand on the Paris climate deal may help India

Trump’s belligerence towards the Paris accords may ironically become its undoing: By highlighting coal and gas, the US president has turned attention on the need for traditional sources.

U.S. President Donald Trump (R) greets Prime Minister Narendra Modi during their joint news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, June 26(Reuters)
Updated on Jun 30, 2017 01:26 PM IST
BySamir Saran

What lies ahead for India and the world in the 2020s?

With tectonic and technological challenges causing disruptions, the neat correlation of a big economy with big power that bears big responsibilities is under scrutiny

The Black Tesla Model S electric car at a Tesla supercharger charging station. Superchargers are free connectors that charge Model S in minutes. Tesla and Uber (and Ola in India) are current and future providers of public transport networks without which cities will be unable to do business.(Getty Images)
Updated on May 28, 2017 06:48 PM IST
ByAshok Malik and Samir Saran

China’s rise could be the biggest challenge to an ideas-based global order

Narendra Modi, Stephen Harper, Boris Johnson were most noticeable thinking heads at the recently concluded Raisina Dialogue

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the former President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai,former Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper and Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd at the Opening Session of the Second Raisina Dialogue, in New Delhi on January 17.(PTI)
Published on Feb 22, 2017 10:37 PM IST
BySamir Saran

This is the time to face up to cyber threats

With the focus on demonetisation, India cannot afford a false separation between access and security in digital spaces.

Crimes in cyberspace cost the global economy $445 billion a year.
Updated on Jan 02, 2017 09:42 AM IST
BySamir Saran

The BRICS ship sails steady

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Published on Oct 18, 2016 09:55 AM IST
BySamir Saran

BRICS remains on course for bigger, more effective projects in the years to come

The BRICS summit in Goa reinforces India’s position as a “bridge” between the liberal institutional order and the potential disruptive impulses of major powers that have opened up the possibility for contestation

(From Left) Brazilian President Michel Temer, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chinese President Xi Jinping and South African President Jacob Zuma, at BRICS summit, Benaulim, Goa, October 16(PTI)
Updated on Oct 18, 2016 01:23 AM IST
BySamir Saran

Crippled by lazy politics

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Updated on Aug 12, 2016 11:48 AM IST
ByAshok Malik is distinguished fellow and Samir Saran is vice-­president, Observer Research Foundation. The views expressed are personal.

Kashmir crippled by lazy politics, needs greater outreach

After 70 years of blood and treasure, sacrifice and investment, surely India needed to show more options and a greater outreach than just the Abdullahs and Sayeeds? As prime minister, it is incumbent upon Narendra Modi to expand those options and enhance that outreach

As prime minister, it is incumbent upon Narendra Modi to expand those options and enhance that outreach. The instruments, dialogue channels and specificities are for him to choose(AFP)
Updated on Aug 12, 2016 09:38 AM IST
ByAshok Malik and Samir Saran
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