• P. R. Kumaraswamy
  • Muddassir Quamar
  • Manjari Singh
Part of the Persian Gulf book series (PEGU)


Bahrain, one of the smaller Gulf Arab economics, has received meagre and inadequate attention in India’s foreign policy formation. This pattern continued even after the change of government in New Delhi in May 2014 and despite his frequent visits, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had not visited the Kingdom of Bahrain. His personal engagement with Manama has been confined to him hosting the Foreign Minister Khalid bin Mohammed al-Khalifa in February 2015. This was despite Bahrain being of one of the tolerant countries towards its expatriate population, especially the Hindu migrants from India and is taking tangible measures towards economic diversification. International assessment of the Bahraini economic situation has been positive with the country figuring high on a number of indicators of greater public space. India’s only political engagement came towards late 2017 when the Minister of State for External Affairs M.J. Akbar attended the 13th Manama Dialogue in December. Bahrain’s depleting oil resources got a boost with the discovery of new fields off the Western coast, thus enabling it in becoming an attractive option for India’s oil imports and overseas investments.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. R. Kumaraswamy
    • 1
  • Muddassir Quamar
    • 2
  • Manjari Singh
    • 3
  1. 1.School of International Studies, CWASJawaharlal Nehru UniversityNew DelhiIndia
  2. 2.Institute for Defence Studies & AnalysesNew DelhiIndia
  3. 3.Jawaharlal Nehru UniversityNew DelhiIndia

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