Instability, Connectivity and Non-Traditional Security Issues

While there is growing political uncertainty and violence in Myanmar, Sri Lanka is experiencing a severe economic crisis. On the other hand, steady economic growth is enabling Bangladesh to scale up engagement in the neighbourhood.

Covid-19 and its variants are negatively impacting cross-border movement of people and goods in South Asia. The healthcare infrastructure of various countries is experiencing sustained stress due to the persistence of the pandemic. India’s vaccine diplomacy has “created a strong solidarity with other nations.” Indian Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi was conferred The Order of The Druk Gyalpo, Bhutan’s highest civilian award, by His Majesty the King of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck.69 The citation of the award states that the Indian leader“ led his nation in extending support to many countries including Bhutan by providing, amongst others, 500,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccines… The people of Bhutan deeply appreciate this extraordinary gesture, which reflects the noble spirit of selfless generosity of the people of India.”

During the month, India worked to promote democracy, decentralisation of power and effective humanitarian response through multilateral and regional frameworks

Source: MEA, India


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