An insight into India’s tough but fair negotiator

India Investment Journal June/July Edition, Policy India, 2016
by Ashok Malik
Senior columnist Ashok Malik delves into what makes one of India's most dynamic ministers, Nirmala Sitharaman, ideal for the commerce and industries portfolio.

As India’s commerce and industry minister, Nirmala Sitharaman has two major mandates. The first is to promote Make in India, a programme of enhancing the role of manufacture in India’s economy and integrating India with global supply chains. The second is to give political support to India’s trade negotiators in a time when protectionism and “plurilateralism” are threatening the global trade order. Even Western countries that have long espoused liberal trade regimes are turning their backs on these.