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India and World – Bahrain
Good.$.7b trade oil imports of $.5b;bilatreal coop in edu and vocational training;eco and technical coop;IT ageement
Presence of nearly 400,000 Indian nationals out of a total of 1.2 million
residents in Bahrain is an important aspect of India’s bilateral relations with
Bahrain.65-70%are unskilled or semi skilled.Only occasional complaints.
Sunni minority rule,Corruption,discrimination against Shias,unemployment,slow pace of democratization
Constitutional monarchy,Resignation of King Hamad,rewriting the Constitution,ending economic and human rights violations,Deportation of foreign mercenaries,equality for Shias,fair elections, freedom
Establishment of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry and the National Dialogue, 1,000 Bahraini dinars (approx. US$2,600) per family,increased social spending
Government of Bahrain decided to invite representatives of
expatriates to participate in the National Dialogue which started on 2 July
- Accordingly six Indian Associations got invitations
Report expected on Oct 31, 2011
National Dialogue-Bahrain’s largest Shiite opposition group Al-Wefaq said it planned to pull out of a national dialogue.It was given only 35 seats in 300.
Al-Wefaq, is planning a large-scale demonstration.