Personal relation between leaders has a long tradition in international diplomacy. As Prime Minister Narendra Modi readies to take part in his first summit with US President Barack Obama, pundits and the media have focused a good deal of attention on their encounter, billed to detangle the relationship and reenergize the strategic partnership.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping Thursday, Sept 18, charted a new chapter in India-China economic ties, with Beijing assuring greater access to Indian goods and $20-billion investment and New Delhi rolling out red carpet for Chinese firms.
Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to India and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the US will cap a very busy three months for India’s foreign policy. It has also been a heady period, with India being wooed by multiple strategic partners.
Wiry shrubs and clumps of brown-green fill the semi-arid landscape of Kutch in western India. Many of these patches have, over the years, made way for "more productive" agricultural land. This greening of "wasteland" is, however, degrading a precious and largely ignored ecosystem -- the grasslands. And, as a result,