A series of events held in January have marked a busy beginning of a new diplomatic year for India. The Vibrant Gujarat summit was held from January 18-20 in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, and the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (Indian Diaspora Day) was held from January 21- 23. These events will be followed by the annual Republic Day parade on January 26. The three events have one thing in common: there is a new and special focus on Africa in all of these gatherings. During the Vibrant Gujarat summit, Africa Day was celebrated on January 19. The chief guest at the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas was Pravind Jugnauth, prime minister of Mauritius. The Pravasi Bharatiya Divas also has an African connection; India celebrates this day to mark the return of MK Gandhi to India from SA. The third event, India’s Republic Day function on January 26, will have President Cyril Ramaphosa as chief guest. Apart from the current engagements, the interaction between India and Africa has increased in the past few years. Cons...

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