Aditi Bhaduri is an award winning independent journalist and political analyst, specializing in international affairs and foreign policy. She has been writing for the Indian and international media and has recently anchored programs for the All India Radio. She has interviewed many eminent personalities – both Indian and foreign. She has contributed to numerous volumes on international affairs, peace, conflict, and gender. She often acts as a consultant to organizations on foreign policy. Currently she is working on a project to counter women’s online radicalization.
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By Aditi Bhaduri - 22 Jun 2018
On March 22, 2018, Air India made a historical flight from Delhi to Tel Aviv, flying straight over Saudi Arabian airspace. Besides hinting at the covert warming of ties between Israel and Saudi Arabia, the flights testify to India’s growing diplomatic clout in the Middle East.
By Aditi Bhaduri - 26 Feb 2018
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited India on a six-day official trip in January 2018. Netanyahu’s visit, coming only six months after Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Israel, is evidence of how quickly bilateral relations are expanding.
India voted in favor of the UN General Assembly resolution condemning the US for its decision to move its embassy to and to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Given the close ties between India and Israel and India and the US, India’s decision has surprised many.
Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh was in Moscow meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Kolokoltsev. Singh’s visit was followed by that of Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj attending the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Sochi.
Cementing friendships, standing by its ally, forging military and economic deals with all sides, and reconciling differences; Russia is expanding its footprint in the Middle East and has emerged as a major strategic player. The Saudi monarch’s recent visit is a testimony.
China and India seem to be resetting ties. Li Xiasan, the Organization Department head of Yunnan Province and Central Committee member of the Communist Party, visited India in September 2017, becoming the first Chinese official to visit India since the Doklam standoff.
India has so far dexterously balanced its relations with the different power centers in the Middle East. The countries of the GCC, led by the UAE and Saudi Arabia, together host around seven million Indian expatriate workers who remit back hefty foreign exchange.
Ibrahim al-Jaafari, Iraq’s Foreign Minister, held a meeting with the Indian Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, testifying to the fact that oil is high on the India-Iraq agenda. Iraq, which has always been a major source of crude for India, is back again as India’s largest crude supplier.