An exclusive ₹5,650 crore military infrastructure development plan was finalized in 2019 to strengthen the capacity of the Andaman and Nicobar Command, providing for the stationing of additional military forces, warships, aircraft, missile batteries, and infantry soldiers at the islands. Parallelly, a comprehensive plan for “force accretion” at the Andaman and Nicobar Command by 2027 is also being nurtured, involving a phased increase in Army manpower and assets through an improvement of the existing 108 Mountain Brigade and a new infantry battalion, apart from other upgrades.
After a bitter campaign and closer-than-anticipated election results two months back, it had seemed that things were calming down in Brazil.
A significant shift away from the world’s major weapons-producing region is underway, with impressive gains for China and to an extent India. The world witnessed a significant surge in arms sales from countries in the Asia-Oceania region in 2021. Despite supply-related disruptions due to the Covid-19 pandemic, arms sales by the 100 most important weapons manufacturing companies stood at $592 billion, representing an increase of 1.9 percent from 2020.
n December 2022, the World Bank revised upwards its GDP growth forecast for India to 6.9 percent for 2022-23, underlining the fact that the Indian economy was showing higher resilience to global shocks. This economic trajectory of India also gives India a distinct place in global politics today. There is a reason why the West, despite its differences with India over Ukraine, has continued to substantively engage with New Delhi.
The Ukraine war will shape global politics for years to come. When the year began, the debate on Ukraine had already started. Vladimir Putin was amassing his troops around Ukraine.
This economic trajectory of India also gives India a distinct place in global politics today. There is a reason why the West, despite its differences with India over Ukraine, has continued to substantively engage with New Delhi. In fact, India's ties with the West have grown significantly amidst all the negative press India has received in the West. Where journalists remain prisoners of their short-term outlooks, policy-makers in the West recognize the real story -- the rise of India as a credible geopolitical and geo-economic player in the 21st century.