GS 405 Week 8 Blog Post
For this week’s article we examined the vibrant relationship between Africa and India. This partnership is very interesting to me as India is the largest democracy in the world and offers many resources and potential to develop into a global giant. India is poised to pass China as the fastest growing economy fuelled by domestic investment and prime demographics. In the reading we looked at Ian Taylor’s India’s Rise in Africa that centers on the increasing investment made by India in Africa’s private and commercial industries. It is amazing to see how many people migrated to Africa from India, as they are heavily involved in the rapid economic activity in the continent. India’s relationship proves to be quite similar to the relationship between China and Africa however, the biggest difference that I saw was that India emphasizes on the individual and commercial level as opposed to the state-to-state involvement that China currently has. One of the most alarming facts in Taylor’s article is the amount of aid that India is giving to Africa, traditionally India was the spotlight for receiving aid from the West and now their donations should greatly improve their economic and political stability.
Renu Modi’s Offshore Healthcare Management: Medical Treatment between Kenya, Tanzania and India was the second article that examined the ongoing trend of medical tourism from citizens of Tanzania and Kenya travelling to India for medical treatment. Modi explains that India is the desired port of call for Africans to seek medical attention because the majority of the medical facilities in Kenya and Tanzania are insufficient. African states depend on imported medical equipment and pharmaceuticals so medical treatment is very expensive and scarce for citizens and I found it quite interesting that India advertises their hospitals and clinics in Kenya and Tanzania to acquire more patients in those states, which should raise a few alarms in these countries to help try to make health care more cost-effective and affordable.
The third reading was Fragile Fortunes: India’s Oil ventures into War-Torn Sudan by Luke Patey which takes views the ONGC-Videsh (OVL) India’s national Oil company and their difficulties in Sudan. Sudan has faced its share of civil conflict over the past 50 years and Oil has been in the middle of it as it has fuelled Guerrilla groups and corrupted political regimes. Patey noted that Sudan officials continue to ignore human rights and have caused a major concern for OVL and other oil companies in the region. This genre of activities are still ongoing and it is interesting to me that India along with OVL have dodged negative attention as their involvement in the Sudan has not been heard or covered by the media especially with all of these human rights violations that continue to go on.
Should there be any interference or monitoring from the International Community in regards to India’s involvement in the Sudan?
What is the current status of India’s hopes on gaining permanent placement in the UN Security Council?