Samir Bhattacharya is presently doing his postgraduate academic research at Jawaharlal Nehru University, India on " MIDDLE POWER AND BLUE DIPLOMACY: INDIA IN WESTERN INDIAN OCEAN". He has done his graduate study from University of Auvergne 1, France on Environment Economics. Before resuming his higher studies, Samir has worked in diverse fields with different types of organization such as French Embassy in New Delhi, Saciwaters (Research Organisation) and CUTS International. In CUTS International, an international policy research think tank, he worked as Regional Coordinator for Africa operations. He has authored several papers on diverse subjects including on: Role of Biodiversity Preservation in Economic Development of India, connection between trade and gender for Southern and Eastern Africa, Developing countries stand on Blue Economy related issues at WTO, Leveraging India-Bangladesh relationship for enhanced coastal zone management, different Environmental Standards of India etc.

Contributions 
The Promise and Peril of Africa in 2023 As the year 2022 ended, here is a brief recap of what happened in Africa over the past year. Most African countries were still battling to recover from the pandemic when the year began. However, a series of disruptions, such as supply shortages and s...

India’s Healthcare Diplomacy with Africa reflects Southern Solidarity The tiny African nation Gambia has recently been in the news due to the unfortunate deaths of 70 children from July to September, reportedly connected to four paediatric cough syrups made in India....

China’s Great Game in the Sahel On November 29–30, 2021, the Eighth Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), under the theme "Deepen China-Africa Partnership and Promote Sustainable Development to Build a China-Africa Community with a Shared Future in the New Era," took place i...

The Impact of the Marikana Massacre: ‘Plus ca change, plus c’est la même chose’ Context This August 2022 will be the 10th year of the Marikana Massacre. After a week of protracted protest, on August 16, 2012, South African Police shot at labourers of a platinum mine, resulting in 34 fatalities and 78 injuries. Marikana...

Book Published / Book Reviews 
"The Harambee Factor: India - Africa Economic and Development Partnership” by Ambassador Gurjit Singh, Macmillan Education India Pvt. Ltd., Pp 500 2022, INR 2,802. ISBN: 978-93-5455-069-0 A wealth of literature illustrates China's relationship with Africa in all of its facets. In comparison, there isn't nearly enough research on India's engagement in Africa in its entirety. In that sense, there is hardly any literature that deals spec...

"India–Africa Relations: Changing Horizons" by Rajiv Bhatia, Routledge India, Pp 244, 15 November 2021, INR 995. ISBN 9781032268989 Former High Commissioner to Kenya, South Africa and Lesotho, Ambassador Rajiv Kumar Bhatia, is a Distinguished Fellow of the Foreign Policy Studies Programme at Gateway House. In his new book titled "India-Africa Relations: Changing Horizons",...

Event Reports 
VIF-NIIA webinar on India-Nigeria relations under the “Connect Africa” Programme On 27th October, 2022, Vivekananda International Foundation organized a webinar on India-Nigeria relations with Nigerian Institute of International Studies (NIIA), a premium think tank based in Nigeria. This was the second event under “Connect Afri...

Interaction with Shri Dammu Ravi, Secretary, Economic Relations, Ministry of External Affairs On 28th November 2022, VIF organised its 2nd Africa Expert Group meeting. Shri Dammu Ravi, Secretary Economic Relations, Ministry of External Affairs, was the key speaker at the meeting. During the meeting, Mr Ravi gave a brief overview of the contou...

Vivekananda International Foundation launches "Connect Africa" The Vivekananda International Foundation unveiled its latest "Connect Africa" programme on September 22, 2022. This initiative's primary goal is to invite prominent African and Indian figures, such as academics, diplomats, practitioners, and journali...

Celebration of Africa Day 2022 Over a Book Discussion | ‘The Harambee Factor: India - Africa Economic and Development Partnership by Ambassador Gurjit Singh’ Every year on May 25, the world celebrates Africa Day. On May 25 1963, 30 independent African leaders signed the founding charter of the OAU (Organization of African Unity). In 2002, to give more impetus to the organisation, many new areas were added...

VIF virtual Book discussion on "India–Africa Relations: Changing Horizons" by Ambassador Rajiv Bhatia The Vivekananda International Foundation organised a book discussion on "India-Africa Relations: Changing Horizons", on March 23, 2022. The event was chaired by Dr Arvind Gupta, Director, VIF. Author of the book Ambassador Rajiv Kumar Bhatia d...

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