Narendra Modi

India approves new defense policy to boost local companies

India's cabinet on May 24 approved a long-awaited policy to boost local manufacturing of high-tech defense equipment and cut down reliance on expensive imports.

Under the new Strategic Partnership model, the government will pick Indian companies to tie up with foreign organizations to manufacture fighter jets, armored vehicles, helicopters and submarines locally.

New momentum in Turkish-Indian ties

India is a country which is among the fastest growing countries in the world. The IMF and the World Bank forecast more than 7 percent annual growth for the next few years. With a population of 1.3 billion, which is set to pass China by 2050, it is a country that has gone to space and is a rising naval power with a nuclear submarine.

INTERVIEW: Basharat Peer on Turkey, India and the new populism

The Turkey of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the India of Narendra Modi are seen as pioneers of a new style of populism. Both President Erdoğan and Prime Minister Modi tap into a simmering reservoir of resentment, historical injury and frustration, directing anger against domestic and foreign "enemies of the people." With the election of Donald Trump as U.S.