On January 27, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi hosted a virtual summit with the leaders of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
The summit was dedicated to the 30th anniversary of formal ties between India and the five Central Asian states, although it was the first time the leaders of the six countries had ever held a summit.
Their talks focused on historical cultural ties and connectivity, and while the results may seem modest, some see the meeting as symbolically ushering in a new era of relations in India’s ancient connections with the Asian region. central.
In this week’s Majlis Podcast, RFE/RL’s Media Relations Manager, Muhammad Tahir, moderates a discussion on India-Central Asia relations and where they might go after this summit. .
This week’s guests are: from New Delhi, Ashok Sajjanhar, Executive Board Member of the Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses; president of the Institute of Global Studies; a distinguished fellow of the Ananta Aspen Center and former Indian Ambassador to Kazakhstan; also from New Delhi, Punchok Stobdan, currently a senior researcher at the Institute for Defense Studies and Analysis in India and former Indian Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan; from California, Bakyt Beshimov, currently a lecturer in global studies and international relations and professor of practice at Northeastern University and former Kyrgyz ambassador to India; and Bruce Pannier, the author of the Qishloq Ovozi blog.