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  • Crude prices fall sharply as Saudi Arabia assures normal production in a few weeks. Prices fall by 5.4% to $65.30 per barrel
  • Sensex tumbles 700 points over fears that rising crude prices will deal a body blow to the tottering Indian economy
  • As Rajeev Kumar fails to appear before the CBI despite several notices, the agency forms a special team to locate and apprehend him
  • S Jaishankar says Pakistan is not a normal neighbour and its behaviour is a "set of aberrations"
  • External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar says PoK in Indian territory and the country hopes to have physical jurisdiction over it one day
  • Barasat Sessions court near Kolkata rejects Rajeev Kumar anticipatory bail application citing lack of jurisdiction as the reason
  • PM Modi celebrates his birthday with Narmada aarti and later has lunch with his mother.
  • All 6 Bahujan Samaj Party MLAs merge with the Congress in Rajasthan
  • Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee to meet PM Modi on Wednesday, state issues on the agenda
  • Pakistan to open Kartarpur corridor on Nov 9
  • Rajeev Kumar, ex-police commissioner of Kolkata and wanted for questioning in the Sarada scam does not appear before the CBI despite the state administration requesting him to do so
  • Supreme Court asks the Centre to restore normalcy in J&K but keeping national interest in mind
  • As Trump accepts the invitation to attend a programme in Houston with PM Modi, India rushes to settle trade issues with US
  • After drone attack on Aramco's Suadi Arabia facility, oil prices jump 19% in intra-day trading causing worries for India
  • Imran Khan raises nuclear war bogey again, says if Pakistan loses a conventional war, it might fight till the end with its nuclear arsenal
Sunni Wakf Board and Nirvani Akhara write to the Supreme Court for a negotiated settlement to the Ayodhya dispute
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G-20 Summit, Data Nationalism And India

By Sunil Garodia

About the Author

Sunil Garodia Editor-in-Chief of indiacommentary.com. Current Affairs analyst and political commentator. Writes for a number of publications.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his first major trip abroad after the landslide victory in the general elections, chose to engage with major world leaders in a big way during the G-20 meeting in Osaka, Japan. In three days, Modi had 20 meetings in all out of which nine were bilateral and three multilateral, apart from eight being major engagements on the sidelines. The meetings were held against the backdrop of the supposed worsening of trade relations between India and the US. But Modi’s meetings with all world leaders were cordial even if no major deals were struck.

The important engagements were when Modi had trilateral meetings with Putin and Xi on the one hand and with Trump and Abe on the other. Then, he engaged with leaders of BRICS. Although no breakthrough was achieved (it is too naïve to expect a major breakthrough on the sidelines of such events), China and the US decided to hold tariffs till things were resolved (which in itself was a major breakthrough) while commerce ministers of India and the US will sit together to resolve trade issues. But India absented from the data economy summit that was called by the Japanese PM Shinzo Abe to discuss “data free flow with trust”, pushing the line advocated by the RBI about having localization of data.

India will hold the G-20 summit in 2022. Although it was launched in 2008 mainly to cope with the global financial crisis, the summit has now become an important platform to discuss all major international issues. Hence, it is necessary for the Modi government to have a clear alternative policy on data in the face of concerted efforts by other nations for the free flow of data. Further, the emerging 5G technology poses questions about the need to have speed and the need to balance it with national security. India has to be more articulate on the subject. By the time the G-20 leaders meet in India, the government will have to take the lead in building consensus on many pressing issues and make sure that the relevance of the summit is enhanced.