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 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...

Tracing the Future of India-Africa Defence Cooperation In his address to the Ugandan Parliament in July 2018, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi enunciated the ten guiding principles of India's engagement with Africa and elucidated the importance of each principle. Principle number seven of India's deve...

Russia-Ukraine Crisis: Where do African Countries Stand? Context On 21st February 2022, President Vladimir Putin recognised the independence of Ukraine’s breakaway regions, Donetsk and Luhansk and decided to support Moscow-backed separatists with a military operation ...

Israel’s Africa Conundrum: Bilateral Relations, Multilateral Opposition Background In the first week of February, the annual summit of the African Union (AU) took place in Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, the headquarters of the African Union. The principal objective of the meeting was to evaluate AU's achieveme...

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 
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...

The African Continental Free Trade Area and Opportunities for India On 23rd February 2022, the Vivekananda Foundation organised a lecture on "The African Continental Free Trade Area and Opportunities for India". The Continental Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) is a critical African project to accelerate the continent's lo...

Outreach 
India must step up its diplomatic efforts to help Mali Published in Modern Ghana on 19th September 2022....

The crisis in Mali poses a stiff hurdle for Indian diplomacy Published in First Post on 15th September 2022....

Ten years after the Marikana massacre in South Africa Published in Hindustan Times on 12th September 2022....

Painful Legacy of the Marikana Massacre Published in The Space Ink on 5th September 2022....

Africa Trends, Biannual journal of IDSA, Volume 10, Issue 1&2 (Jan-Dec 2021) Published in IDSA, Volume 10, Issue 1&2 (Jan-Dec 2021)....

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