When Mr. Erdogan came to power in 2002, he worried about the power of the Turkish military. It had conducted hard coups in the past, and it had perhaps assassinated a President in 1993, and removed an Islamist coalition government in 1997. The AKP came from the Islamist tradition and was vulnerable before a military that had imbibed modern Turkish secularism.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s four-nation African diplomatic safari from July 7 covered three different kinds of African neighbours across the Indian Ocean. Kenya and Tanzania are former British colonies, with a large Indian diaspora at the time of their freedom; Mozambique is a former Portuguese colony, like Goa; and South Africa the second biggest African economy and last bastion of apartheid freed only in the post-Cold War. It was also the laboratory of Mahatma Gandhi’s experiments with civil disobedience. But history can bind as indeed crucible of residual hurts, both of which linger in the region.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ongoing four nation tour to Africa — Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania and Kenya — comes at a time when Africa is changing fast, with this change auguring well for India-Africa relations.
India’s relationship with the African continent may be a centuries-old civilisational compact but as Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeks to reinvigorate that relationship in all its nuances and across the full spectrum of diplomatic ties, the focus must, first and foremost, be on intensifying political engagement.
The choice of the four countries by Mr Modi shows calibrated strategic thinking.
June 2016 has seen an unprecedented intensification of India’s relationship with Africa. In the first week, Vice President Hamid Ansari visited Tunisia and Morocco. In the second week, President Pranab Mukherjee launched his whirlwind tour of Western and Southern Africa, covering Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire and Namibia.
Tunisia was the pioneer in the Arab Spring which was a moment of hope for the region’s people, leading to the overthrow of Egypt’s long-time ruler Hosni Mubarak, followed by the one-year rule of the Muslim Brotherhood government of Mohamed Morsi.
The new Arab nations are finding it too difficult to live up to their artificial identities founded on European precepts.
Israel's national water company on Wednesday cut crucial water supplies to large areas of the occupied West Bank, leaving tens of thousands of Palestinians without access to safe drinking water during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
What distinguishes our relationship with Africa is our shared empathy arising out of our common past and suffering from colonial subjugation. In fact, India raised its voice against the pernicious system of apartheid even before we had gained our Independence and remained at the forefront of international campaign for its eradication
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