BRICS in Goa: Pakistan will be very much the flavour of the summit

It will be interesting to see how China responds to Delhi's moves as they are Islamabad's all-weather friends.

Written by Shubhajit Roy | Goa | Updated: October 14, 2016 7:52 pm
BRICS, BRICS goa, BRICS goa 2016, BRICS summit, brazil, russia, india, china, south africa, saarc, saarc summit, bimstec, uri attack, indo-pak relations, india news, latest news The summit declarations have gotten longer – the Ufa declaration was more than 70 paragraphs long — and have increasingly dwelt on topical political issues.(REUTERS Photo)

As the host to the BRICS summit in Goa this weekend India will lay out the red carpet for the leaders of the group which was once seen to consist of the five emerging economies. Now, with the Brazilian and South African economies in slow motion, Russia struggling and China and India not growing as they earlier were, the grouping’s economic strength has taken a beating.

Despite this, the West still watches the moves made by BRICS warily and follows its announcements very carefully, especially since the substantive part of the summits have been political in nature in the recent years.

The summit declarations have gotten longer – the Ufa declaration was more than 70 paragraphs long — and have increasingly dwelt on topical political issues.

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Since India is hosting the summit, it has invited countries from its eastern neighbourhood – under the umbrella of BIMSTEC that includes Bangladesh, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan and Nepal – for an outreach with the BRICS leaders. Begun at the summit in Fortaleza 2014, this practice was adhered by Russia in Ufa in 2015, when the host called leaders from the countries in the region. So, Brazil had called the Latin American countries in Fortaleza for an outreach with the BRICS leaders (that was Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first multi-lateral outing), and Russia had called the central Asian and countries part of the SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organisation).

However, since Pakistan was seen as a spoiler in the region, India decided to exclude them from the regional outreach, one reason being it wanted to avoid the inevitable China-Pakistan axis at the BRICS summit. This was much before a majority of the SAARC countries decided to pull out of the SAARC summit in Islamabad, forcing its postponement.

Instead, India called the neighbours in the east – under the rubric of its Act-East policy.

But there is no doubt that the Pakistan factor will definitely loom large over the BRICS summit – especially after the surgical strikes in the post-Uri attack phase. India is cautious in not making the mistake of putting Pakistan at the fore of the agenda but through the arc of terrorism it will ensure that all countries from BRICS and BIMSTEC are on the same page.

It will be interesting to see how China responds to Delhi’s moves as they are Islamabad’s all-weather friends.

As a commentator in Goa rightly observed, “Whatever gathering the South Asia region may host, be it SAARC or BRICS or BIMSTEC, the India-Pakistan equation is always bound to play on everyone’s minds.”

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    Ikok
    Oct 14, 2016 at 1:19 pm
    Nice logo ... It would have been much better if Russia was given Red and China Yellow India already has the safaron Brazil with blue while South Africa as traditional Green
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      Kashif
      Oct 14, 2016 at 6:49 pm
      Indian colour is yellow . it suits India lol bcoz it indicates yellow area I.e toilet
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        Kashif
        Oct 14, 2016 at 6:47 pm
        Your flavour has already been changed by china . see today's statement slap on Indian faces
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          Satendra kumar
          Oct 15, 2016 at 2:40 am
          BRICS members and invitation of BIMSTEC members for the forums agenda and it's views in multipolarlisation world.
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            @Iamچوھدری
            Oct 15, 2016 at 5:31 am
            India is behaving like a girl, her dream is to find two boyfriends (Russian and US) to satisfy her desire.
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              vivian
              Oct 14, 2016 at 1:12 pm
              what does BIMSTEC stand for ... Bangladesh India Manyamar Srilanka Thailand E? C? Bhutan ? and Nepal ?
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                indian
                Oct 15, 2016 at 5:19 pm
                why pork on agenda! only our development and mutual development must be our main agenda!! Lets cut all ties porkistan
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                  din
                  Oct 14, 2016 at 11:41 am
                  JUST watch stan and China will abstain with political stand off supported by Indian Congress and AAP - little wait will endorse our natives
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                    lafanga
                    Oct 14, 2016 at 8:25 pm
                    Indians are like that really annoying one kid in the cl who snitches to the teacher about what all the other kids are doing. Looosers.
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                      Shyam
                      Oct 14, 2016 at 10:14 pm
                      Give Pokistan such a HARD time that all those F====rs should feel the PINCH.lt;br/gt;At NO COST, POKISTANI SHOULD PUT HIS FOOT ON OUR SOIL. lt;br/gt;NAMO-This is the feeling of each and everyone of TRUE INDIAN- YOU ALSO SHOW IT IN ACTION.lt;br/gt;Whatever may be outcome,corner all TERRORISTS, Catch them alive and HANG them to DEATH in a thoroughfare.
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                        Palash Singh
                        Oct 14, 2016 at 5:42 pm
                        Time for Modi to give nuclear weapons to Taiwan ?
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                          Potthai Lang
                          Oct 14, 2016 at 2:56 pm
                          Indians said want to boycott China's goods but the of China goods hits record high in festive season.
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                            Ramesh Chhabra
                            Oct 14, 2016 at 2:57 pm
                            In addition to traitor, there are NPA, Scams, etc. Who will take action against all of them.
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                              rkannan
                              Oct 14, 2016 at 12:18 pm
                              Why do our journalists and columnists continue to live 2-3 decades behind ? India has not invited Maldieves or Afghanistan or Somalia to the summit. stan's economy is marginally more than Maldives. If we can ignore maldives, we can ignore stan as well. India should concentrate on important matters and not on minor and irrelevant nations even if they are a nation of terrorists.
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                                rohan
                                Oct 14, 2016 at 5:04 pm
                                Traitor Traders of India and FAKE patriot Indians are responsible!
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                                  rohan
                                  Oct 14, 2016 at 5:03 pm
                                  What about Maoism promoted and financed by China ?
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                                    rumi
                                    Oct 14, 2016 at 5:27 pm
                                    Party boy..doing party..just party
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                                      Indian
                                      Oct 15, 2016 at 11:22 am
                                      stan is behaving like a prosute who is anxiously waiting who will pick up her....(US or Russia)....but both d customer(US and Russia) knows stan is having AIDS....better to avoid her....so keep waiting.....
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                                        Rajesh Tulshian
                                        Oct 14, 2016 at 11:35 am
                                        china is playing proxy game using stan, so essentially china is keeping the w of asia on it toes, threatning with its milatary and financial power. pointless in thinking that stan has the wherewithall to keep running such operations on its own
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                                          vivek
                                          Oct 14, 2016 at 11:43 pm
                                          More India likes NAMO more frustration in camp will embress and their stooges operating in India who want the process of exchange of dossiers of terror to start again and again.
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                                            vivek
                                            Oct 14, 2016 at 11:38 pm
                                            One blunt word from China to Pak can stop this blood bath and spate of killings in jand k. However as of now Chinese are busy in implementation of CPEC, wooing Bangladesh, blocking nsg membership of India and declaration of international terrorists for India and at the same time selling Diwali light's and mobiles to India happens to biggest trading partner of India. Americans have done it and stopped most evident war during Kargil incursions by stan.
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