This Newsletter explores ongoing issues and perspectives from India’s neighbourhood countries, including – Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, Bhutan, Maldives and Afghanistan.
- Vaccination updates, Bangladesh leads GDP growth, The Colombo Port City project, Security dilemma in Myanmar, Peace for Afghanistan?
The Raging Pandemic
Has India turned its back on its neighbours? On March 17th 2021, India’s External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar made a statement in parliament (Lok Sabha) on the ‘Vaccine Maitri’ initiative. He emphasised the reputation of India as the ‘pharmacy of the world’. But with the outbreak of the second wave across the world, India’s vaccine exports to its neighbours came to a halt as New Delhi immediately faced a shortage at home.
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