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India’s COVID-19 Crisis

May 14, 2021

Episode Notes:

India is ground zero in the global fight against COVID-19. Officially, the country is now reporting over 300,000 new cases and 4,000 COVID-related deaths each day, while outside experts believe those numbers could actually be four to five times higher. India’s healthcare system is on the brink of collapse, and family members and hospitals have taken to social media to beg for oxygen and medicine.

Tanvi Madan joins the Warcast to explain how the COVID-19 crisis might affect India’s foreign policy. Tanvi is a senior fellow and the director of the India Project at the Brookings Institution, and is the recent author of Fateful Triangle: How China Shaped US-India Relations during the Cold War.


[ 01:05 ] To what extent will the recent COVID outbreak affect Indian foreign policy on key issues?

[ 04:29 ] What are the chances that this crisis will cause New Delhi to adopt a more accommodating posture towards China?

[ 07:14 ] What's your assessment of America's response to the public health crisis in India?

[ 9:04 ] Will the government's handling of the crisis affect Modi's political standing to the point that it will affect his re-election chances?

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