India’s 4 Path-Breaking Initiatives: Response Of The World (Half II) – Evaluation


The third main initiative by the Modi authorities is the Coalition for Catastrophe Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI). It was launched by Prime Minister Modi in September 2019 on the UN Local weather Motion Summit. It’s a global coalition of nations, UN companies, multilateral growth banks, the personal sector, and educational establishments. Its goal is to advertise analysis and information sharing within the area of infrastructure danger administration, requirements, financing and restoration mechanisms. 

If one recollects the historical past of this initiative, it was first proposed by PM Modi throughout the 2016 Asian Ministerial Convention on Catastrophe Threat Discount held at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi. PM Modi most likely was persuaded for this concept by his personal expertise in coping with the 2001 Gujarat earthquake when he was chief minister of Gujarat state. (For the primary a part of this click on right here: India’s 4 Path-Breaking Initiatives: Response Of The World (Half I) – Evaluation)

Due to this fact the CDRI was later conceptualised within the first and second version of the Worldwide Workshop on Catastrophe Resilient Infrastructure (IWDRI) in 2018-19, organised by the Nationwide Catastrophe Administration Authority (NDMA) in partnership with the UN Workplace for Catastrophe Threat Discount (UNDRR), the UN Improvement Program, the World Financial institution, and the World Fee on Adaptation. After PM Modi authorised the proposal for CDRIon 13 August 2019, it was authorised by the Union Cupboard on 28 August 2019. India additionally pledged monetary help of Rs. 480 crore in direction of the CDRI corpus.  


As regards membership, as of 2023, the CDRI has 39 members, consisting of 31 nationwide governments, 6 worldwide organisations (1) and a couple of personal sector organisations. (2) Membership software approval is pending for one more 9 international locations. It transpires that CDRI has steadily elevated its membership by attracting a various vary of economically superior, growing, and weak international locations to local weather change and disasters. Malaysia is the one member of the ASEAN bloc whose software for membership is pending. The remainder of the 9 members have determined to remain out to this point. Just like the ISA and the GBA, Vietnam’s stance is inexplicable. As anticipated, China too has opted out.


Certainly, the CDRI is a sensible strategy and roadmap in direction of local weather change mitigation. The World Financial institution and the Inexperienced Local weather Fund even have prolonged help to the launch. The truism is that at any time when there’s a cataclysmic growth local weather occasion, infrastructure will get undermined and overwhelmed in a short time, and it turns into tough for growing international locations or international locations which shouldn’t have the financial wherewithal to handle these. By launching this initiative, PM Modi wished to leverage geographically and economically numerous nations to work throughout the board and to carry to the desk a bunch of nations who’re prepared to handle problems with infrastructure. The CDRI is thus a transformative initiative and important to considerably scale back financial losses. 

The CDRI was the second main coalition launched by PM Modi outdoors of the UN after the launch of the ISA. Each are seen by the world as India’s try and acquire a worldwide management position in local weather change issues and catastrophe resilience points. Specifically, India and Japan with their experiences in catastrophe administration can use the CDRI to offer a safer different to China’s BRI, as in contrast to the CDRI which is a global information platform, BRI is a infrastructure creation and funding actions that lack transparency and thus opaque. The strategic priorities of the CDRI are technical help and capability constructing, analysis and information administration, and advocacy and partnership. (3)

Addressing the 5th Worldwide Convention on Catastrophe Resilience Infrastructure (ICDRI), 2023, PM remarked that CDRI arose from a worldwide imaginative and prescient that in a carefully related world, the influence of disasters won’t simply be native, which is why the response needed to be built-in, not remoted. PM Modi famous that it was encouraging that a lot of international locations, each from World South and World North, responded to be a part of the CDRI. (4)

PM Modi outlined some priorities for dialogue for catastrophe resilience infrastructure within the context of the theme of ‘Delivering Resilient and Inclusive Infrastructure’. He stated “Infrastructure isn’t solely about returns but in addition about attain and resilience. Infrastructure should depart none behind and serve the folks even throughout occasions of disaster.” He pressured the necessity for a holistic view of infrastructure as social and digital infrastructure as necessary as transport infrastructure. The $50 million dedicated fund generated immense curiosity amongst growing international locations. This dedication is thus the important thing to the success of initiatives. The CDRI was of immense profit to the folks affected by the earthquakes in Turkiye and Syria.   

Some educational works have been completed on this vital international subject. (5) Such works are helpful for coverage makers in designing applicable responses at a given scenario. In view of the significance and relevance of this initiative, if sure Asian international locations nonetheless determine to remain out, that will be unlucky. Many international locations in Southeast Asia have been affected by disasters similar to cyclone, tsunami and earthquake. The affiliation of those international locations so far neglected of the initiative shall profit in such conditions. 


The fourth main initiative proposed by Prime Minister Modi was the creation of the Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative (IPOI). First proposed throughout the 14th East Asia Summit in Bangkok on 4 November 2019, this non-treaty-based initiative was meant for international locations to work collectively for cooperative and collaborative options to the frequent challenges within the area of Indo-Pacific. The suggestion was aimed for a secure, safe and secure maritime area. 

The Indo-Pacific area covers the Indian and Pacific Oceans, with international safety and prosperity affected by its strategic discussions and financial actions. The IPOI is a collaborative strategy amongst stakeholders to handle shared challenges. It extends the Safety and Progress for All within the Area (SAGAR) (6) initiative of 2015. The IPOI encompasses seven thematic areas, together with useful resource growth, resilient infrastructure, safety and marine surroundings.  

Seven pillars had been recognized below IPOI. These are:

  • Maritime Safety
  • Maritime Ecology
  • Maritime Assets
  • Capability Constructing and Useful resource Sharing
  • Catastrophe Threat Discount and Administration
  • Commerce Connectivity and Maritime Transport
  • Science and Know-how and Tutorial Collaboration

The goal behind these seven pillars is to ascertain connections with varied nations. It’s open to all of the taking part nations from the area. The initiative emphasises collaboration with nations that share its objectives in an effort to advance maritime commerce.

The Indo-Pacific area is an enormous maritime area the place many various events have pursuits. The principle aims of the IPOI are:

  • To strengthen maritime boundaries within the Indo-Pacific area
  • To formulate partnerships primarily based on the precept of free commerce and sustainable use of maritime assets and biodiversity
  • To advertise welfare via a democratic mannequin of governance by establishing a rules-based order that promotes free commerce and dealing collectively in collaboration in an effort to create wealth
  • To develop a mechanism for cooperating with like-minded international locations within the Indo-Pacific.       

In PM Modi’s IPOI initiative, the ASEAN stays on the core. It could be interpreted as an addition to India’s Act East Coverage and the prevailing regional institutional comes helpful to implement the aims of the IPOI. It highlights some necessary key concepts. These are:

  • Since India perceives the Indo-Pacific within the multi-polar phrases in its overseas coverage discourse, it has tried to steadiness its coverage that shuns hostility with any and embraces all in order that the coverage stays inclusive and non-confrontational to maximise advantages.            
  • The IPOI thus aligns with India’s objectives for the world, because it focuses on networking amongst stakeholders to realize optimistic final result. 
  • The IPOI’s main tenet is a purposeful partnership with nations that share its values.  

Regardless of the hype on the IPOI, extra must be explored and defined on how one can maximise the hire that could possibly be anticipated from the collaborative efforts to get outcomes from the seven pillars which are recognized. There are a number of points that both are bilateral or regional and even each. That is extra necessary when the worldwide centre of gravity has shifted from the West to the Indo-Pacific with a lot financial and demographic potentials to be honed, the primary problem that confronts the stakeholders comes from the safety entrance. Until that is addressed diplomatically, all efforts to create an inclusive world could also be annoyed. (7)

Curiously, although the ASEAN international locations could possibly be the largest beneficiary, solely Vietnam and Malaysia have come out with their opinions on the IOPI. India has taken cognizance that Vietnam acknowledges that it is a vital associate in India’s IPOI initiative that’s primarily based on shared values and pursuits in selling peace, stability and prosperity within the area. Vietnam has territorial disputes with China within the South China Sea area. (8) India has oil exploration tasks in Vietnamese waters within the South China Sea. China objects to this. India and Vietnam have traditionally shared heat and pleasant relations primarily based on mutual belief, goodwill and strategic convergence on a number of international and regional points. Based on Vietnam’s Overseas Funding Company, as of June 2020, India had about 278 tasks in Vietnam with whole invested capital of $887 million. India’s investments in Vietnam are within the sectors of vitality, mineral exploration, agro processing, sugar, tea, espresso manufacturing, agrochemicals, IT and auto-components. Additionally, Vietnam’s funding in India is to the tune of $28.55 million primarily within the space of prescribed drugs, IT, chemical compounds and building supplies. 

Since each have shared considerations on China, bilateral ties are getting stronger and deeper. Either side have agreed to strengthen their strategic partnership “consistent with India’s Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative (IPOI) and the ASEAN’s Outlook on Indo-Pacific to realize shared safety, prosperity and progress for all within the area.” (9)

As within the case with IPOI, it’s fascinating that Vietnam ought to replicate on the deserves of the opposite three main initiatives by Prime Minister Modi as these are aimed to serve the pursuits of the international locations of the area. The prevailing regional architectures could also be used to popularise the deserves of those 4 path-breaking initiatives for frequent good and the stakeholders needn’t be persuaded by China which historically has reservations to all that India proposes.  


  1.  The 6 worldwide organisations are Asian Improvement Financial institution (ADB), World Financial institution Group, United Nations Improvement Programme (UNDP), United Nations Workplace for Catastrophe Threat Discount (UNDRR), European Union, European Funding Financial institution. 
  2.  The 2 personal organisations are Alliance for Catastrophe Resilient Societies and Coalition for Local weather Resilient Funding.
  4.  “PM addresses 5th Worldwide Convention on Catastrophe Resilience Infrastructure”, 4 April 2023, 
  5.  For instance, for catastrophe vulnerability resilience, concept, modelling and Potential, See, David Matyas and Mark Pelling, 27 November 2012, Additionally see, Marie-Helene Graveline and Daniel Germain, “Catastrophe Threat Resilience: Conceptual Evolution, Key Points, and Alternatives”, 21 June 2022, pp. 330-341,
  6.  For a complete evaluation on this, see Subhasish Sarangi, “Unpacking SAGAR (Safety and Progress for All within the Area”, USI Occasional Paper, December 2020, https://www.researchgate.web/publication/347497121_Unpacking_SAGAR_Security_and_Growth_for_All_in_the_Region   
  7.  Premesha Saha and Abhishek Mishra, “The Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative: In direction of a Coherent Indo-Pacific Coverage for India”, ORF Occasional Paper No. 292, December 2020, Observer Analysis Basis. 
  8.  “Vietnam necessary for India’s Indo-Pacific Ocean’s Initiative: Senior Diplomat”, The Financial Occasions, 20 October 2020, 
  9.  Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan, “India-Vietnam Relations: Robust and Getting Stronger” The Diplomat, 20 August 2020,