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16.06.2014

MOSCOW, JUNE 16, 2014. PIR PRESS – “Narendra Modi will actively support any opportunity for economic growth in India. Modi is strictly pragmatic – he plans to rule on the following principle: “If India’s interests are ignored, India will not meet you halfway”’, – Nandan Unnikrishnan, Vice President, Observer Research Foundation and member of the PIR Center International Expert Group.

On May 26, 2014 as part of Midweek brainstorming sessions the PIR Center held a meeting to discuss prospects for India-Russia relations following the parliamentary victory of the Bharatiya Janata Party in India. Vice President of the Observer Research Foundation and member of the PIR Center International Expert Group Nandan Unnikrishnan gave the keynote speech at the event.

The seminar was attended by the Advisor to the Director General of the Rosatom State Corporation for Atomic Energy Vladimir Kuchinov, Head of the Center for Indian Studies of the Institute of Oriental Studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences Tatiana Shaumian, and PIR Center experts.

Nandan Unnikrishnan outlined the challenges that will face India under Narendra Modi: the state will have to provide the high economic growth, pursuing continued integration with its neighbors; strong energy sector with reliable fuel supplies will be indispensable to any project of reviving the economy. Iran and Russia are two potential partners to secure the energy in demand. However, while Tehran has already established channels for transportation of hydrocarbons, geographic remoteness of Russia could cause logistical difficulties.

Dr. Unnirkishnan stated, “Narendra Modi will actively support any opportunity for economic growth in India. Modi is strictly pragmatic – he plans to rule on the following principle: “If India’s interests are ignored, India will not meet you halfway”’.

Another challenge for the new prime minister will be a risingChina, which is eager to occupy a dominant position inAsia. Narendra Modi will have to consider two different paths: economic development, which would require increased cooperation and engagement withBeijingon Indian projects, and political containment ofChina.

For all questions and comments regarding Midweek brainstorming sessions of the PIR Center, please contact Projects coordinator Ekaterina Sizikova by phone: +7 (495) 987-19-15 or by email: sizikova at pircenter.org


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