Indian Foreign policy this week ahead:
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be attending the 16th ASEAN-India summit, 14th East Asia summit and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership agreement meetings in Bangkok scheduled to take place from 3rd-4th November.
India faces a challenge as far as RCEP is concerned and is under pressure to open up the agricultural markets, acquiescence to the data laws in the e-commerce chapter which is contrary to the RBI rules on storage of payment data in India and is under pressure to sign the agreement which may further distort the trade with China and ensure a set back to the ‘make in India’ program of the Government. PM Modi will have to deal with these issues deftly.
On November 9th, the Prime Minister will inaugurate the Kartarpur corridor which will afford an opportunity for Indian citizens and Persons of Indian origin to visit the Darbar shrine in Kartarpur, Narowal district of Pakistan Punjab. This is being done to commemorate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak ji.
Japan Airlines has announced the operations of its Bengaluru-Narita (Tokyo) flights from March 29th, 2020. The tickets can be booked from November 2nd. This will connect the silicon valley in the US to the silicon valley of India via Tokyo which will act as a transit point.
Protests around the world
Many protests due to political instability, economic situation, failure of good governance is taking place around the world. Let us look at some of these protests:
Ethiopia- Already 78 people have been killed and more than 409 people have been arrested after the Government led by Nobel laurate Abiy Ahmad was accused of orchestrating an attack on the opposition leader, Jawar Mohammad. These protests are only expected to intensify.
Iraq- Over 150 people have been killed in anti-government protests against the government of Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahidi. It has now been announced that he will resign only after a successor is found. The economic situation looks bleak and the unemployment rate is high with massive inflation.
Lebanon- Is experiencing the same situation as Iraq. Prime Minister Saad Hariri has stepped down and this week, the nation will witness intense political action and negotiations.
Bolivia- The nation has been protesting against the election verdict of October 20th that ensured the 4th term of the President Evo Morales. He won by a comfortable margin against this closest rival, Carlos Mesa. The Organization of American States (OAS) has now announced their intervention in this dispute and will have a recount of the polled votes. Many Indian companies have invested in the mining sector, especially Lithium mining.
Pakistan- The Jamiat Uleama-e-Islam is holding the Azaadi march in the capital city of Islamabad. Maulana Fazl-ur-Rahman has given 2 days to the ‘selected Prime Minsiter’ to resign from his post. The capital city has been brought to a stand still and more violent protests can be expected.
Election around the world
US Gubernatorial elections in the state of Kentucky and Mississippi-
November 5th, the state of Kentucky will vote for their Governor. The incumbent Republican governor Matt Bevin will face the Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear. The state is a traditional stronghold of the Republican party.
In Mississippi, state Attorney General Jim Hood, a Democrat will face Lt. Gov Tate Reeves, a Republican.
Cyclone Maha is threatening to strike the coast of UAE this week. UAE authorities are on a state of high alert.
The state of California in the US is on high alert as forest fires have spread. Situated close to the Tropic of Cancer, it is prone to many dry winds which cause forest fires. It is similar to the Indian states of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.
US President Donald Trump is facing an impeachment proceeding. The House of Republicans passed a motion in favour of 232-196 to move forward with the impeachment proceeding. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said that she expects a public hearing on this matter this month.