Why is Putin’s few hours to India so important? – Press Review
The important visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to India is happening tomorrow i.e. on 6th December. This tour is definitely a few hours but it is considered very special.
The English newspaper ‘The Hindu‘ writes in its report that India and Russia look differently on the Indo-Pacific region and its many dimensions, this issue will also be looked at during this meeting.
President Putin is arriving in New Delhi on Monday evening and will return after attending the annual conference.
In this conference, bilateral relations will be at the center in the meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in which the delivery of S-400 missile defense system and many defense deals can be discussed.
- Russia has been criticizing the strategy of ‘Indo-Pacific’
Russia is also eyeing India’s close ties with the US. He has also criticized the ‘Quad’ alliance of India, America, Australia and Japan.
This idea of ’Indo-Pacific’ was commented on by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at the Russia-India-China (RIC) meeting on 26 November and called it an unequal partnership.
At the same time, he had said that he is in favor of ‘Asia-Pacific’.
Lavrov and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu are arriving in India on Sunday before Putin and they will meet their counterpart S. Will participate in ‘2+2’ meeting with Jaishankar and Rajnath Singh.
According to newspaper sources, India believes that the Asia-Pacific and Indo-Pacific structures are only for ‘issue-based cooperation’.
Sources say that Moscow is in favor of India’s ‘inclusive’ demand to open sea channels, which will benefit the Chennai-Vladivostok Maritime Corridor. Its goal is to connect India with the Far East region of Russia.
In the coming months, partnership in industrial activities in the region is also expected to increase as 11 governors of Russia are coming to attend the Vibrant Gujarat Summit in January.
- Eye on S-400 missile deal
During Monday’s visit, all eyes will be on the delivery of the S-400 missile defense system, due to which India is under threat of US sanctions.
However, India has made it clear that its defense procurement policy is guided by ‘strategic autonomy’ which gives priority to national security policies.
Both sides are likely to finalize several defense deals on Monday and it is being described as ‘Russia Day’. The deal on the making of AK-203 assault rifles is also going to be the main attraction of this day’s discussion.
Both sides can also enter into Reciprocal Exchange of Logistics Agreement (RELOS), Russia will be the seventh country to have this deal with India. Another important agreement could be on the continuation of defense cooperation for 10 years. Along with this, the Igla-S shoulder fired missile can also be discussed.
- Discussion on terrorism is also an important topic
During the meeting, the discussion can also focus on Afghanistan and those ‘hotspots’ where the situation is tense.
India’s concern is about the spread of terrorism from Afghanistan and Pakistan, which can remain in the discussion. However, it is not yet clear whether the tension with China on the Line of Actual Control will also be a point of discussion in this meeting.
Russia is particularly concerned about China-India tensions following the Galvan Valley skirmish in June 2020, and the delivery of the S-400 system is expected to provide India with a strategic balance in the region.
President Putin’s visit comes at a time when the situation of Covid-19 in Russia is getting worse and Russian army is being deployed on the Ukrainian border.
- Jaishankar mentions China in Abu Dhabi
India’s External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar mentioned China at the two-day Indian Ocean Conference 2021 in Abu Dhabi.
According to the report of ‘Dainik Jagran’, in this conference, the External Affairs Minister discussed China’s growing capabilities and said that it has serious consequences.
He said, “Due to Corona, we are meeting after a short interval. During that time many such developments have taken place which have had a direct and good impact on the Indian Ocean region.”
“The situation in the Indian Ocean has changed in recent decades for two reasons. One is the increased US strategic intervention in the region, and the second is the rise of China. In 2008 we witnessed the dangers of US influence. Were trying to reduce it. However, America understood the situation of itself and the world and balanced itself.”
“This was followed by the beginning of the multipolar system in the world. The second major change came with the emergence of China. It began to increase its power unusually and began to increase its influence at the global level. The Soviet Union was a superpower in terms of military power but economic As a power, he never reached the position where China is today.”
- Delhi’s population increased by 50% in 20 years, open new government hospitals
During the last 20 years in Delhi, the population has increased by about 50 percent, but during this period only two new hospitals have been received by the capital.
‘Amar Ujala’ writes in its special report that between 2001 and 2021, the people of Delhi have got two government hospitals, one of which is Rajiv Gandhi Super Specialty Hospital and the other is Burari Super Specialty Hospital. At the same time, more than six hospitals are under construction since 2010 till now.
At the same time, work on the expansion of the already existing hospitals has also started three years ago.
According to the 2001 census, the population of Delhi was 1.38 crore. In 2011, this figure crossed 1.67 crores. According to the population growth of the last ten years, about 20 million people live in Delhi. This means that in the last twenty years, an increase of about 62 lakhs has been registered in the population of Delhi.
In the same period, the number of hospitals has also increased from 34 to 36, while the number of beds has increased from 12,000 to 18,000. Beds developed in the era of Covid are also included in this.
The role of the Center and the Municipal Corporation is also important in Delhi. No new hospitals have started for them either.
- Omicron: No trace of 550 people from abroad in five states
‘Dainik Bhaskar’ writes that more than 550 people are missing in five states from abroad and due to these concerns about Omicron variants have increased.
Three patients of the new variant Omicron of Corona have now been found in the country as well. Due to this, experts are saying that due to this, the third wave of corona can spread across the country.
This danger has been increased further by those people who came to India from the countries of at risk category and now their whereabouts are not known.
If these people have been infected with Omicron, then they can become super spreaders of this new variant, because neither they have been tested for corona nor are they quarantined anywhere. More than 550 such people are being searched in different cities.
In India, two Omicron patients have been found in Bengaluru, Karnataka, one in Jamnagar, Gujarat and one in Mumbai. Suspected patients of Omicron have been found in some other cities. However, this variant has not been confirmed in them.