Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid a historic visit to Israel last year, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is about to return the favor. The Israeli leader’s trip to India begins Sunday, January 14. He’ll deliver a keynote address at the prestigious Raisina Dialogue, meet with Indian Jewish community leaders, and announce agreements with Modi that will strengthen Israel’s relationship with the second most populous country in the world.

For news and analysis on this important trip, AJC’s Asia Pacific Institute (@AJC_Asia) recommends following these Indian alumni of AJC Project Interchange, and leading Israeli experts on India-Israel relations. AJC Project Interchange is an educational institute which brings opinion leaders and policy makers to Israel for a week of intensive travel and learning.

Indian Project Interchange Alumni

Geeta Mohan | @geeta_mohan

  • A foreign affairs editor at India Today, an Indian English-language fortnightly news magazine and TV channel, Mohan, one of the most followed foreign affairs journalists in India, participated in an AJC Project Interchange seminar in 2016.

Palki Sharma | @palkisu

  • Another AJC Project Interchange alum from 2016, Sharma is an anchor and senior editor with iTV Network. After Modi’s historic visit to Israel, Sharma published an insightful column in the Jerusalem Post about his views on Israel.

Kanchan Gupta | @KanchanGupta

  • An Indian journalist, political analyst, blogger, TV commentator, and activist, Gupta writes on national and regional politics, international affairs, and security issues. You can find his weekly column, Coffee Break, in The Pioneer every Sunday, and he also writes a weekly column for the popular Mumbai daily MidDay.

Dhruva Jaishankar | @d_jaishankar

  • A fellow in foreign policy studies at Brookings India in New Delhi, and the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., Jaishankar manages Brookings India's activities related to international affairs and security. He is a regular contributor to the Indian media, including The Times of India, Economic Times, Mint, and Dainik Bhaskar.

Suhasini Haidar | @suhasinih

  • A 2016 AJC Project Interchange alum, Haidar is Deputy Resident Editor & Diplomatic Affairs Editor for The Hindu, an Indian daily newspaper with a readership of over 1.2 million.

Israeli Experts

Ambassador Daniel Carmon | @danielocarmon

  • Ambassador Carmon has served as Ambassador of Israel to India and Non-Resident Ambassador to Sri Lanka since July 2014. He is one of Israel’s most respected and seasoned diplomats, and there’s no better follow when it comes to Israel-India ties.

Ditza Froim | @Froim

  • If you’re looking for more information on India-Israel partnerships in technology, investment, startups, etc., follow Froim, who serves as the Minister Counsellor, Public Diplomacy, at the Israeli Embassy in New Delhi.

Avigail C.J. Spira | @Avigailcjm

  • Spira is the spokesperson at the Embassy of Israel in India. Her personal account will be very active during the prime minister’s visit, but if you’re interested in the official line, follow @israelinindia.

Adva Vilchinski | @AdvaVilchinski

  • Vilchinski is the political counsellor at the Embassy of Israel in India.

Yaakov Finkelstein | @Ykv_finkelstein

  • Be sure to follow Finkelstein, the Consul General of Israel in Mumbai, during Prime Minister Netanyahu’s visit to the city, where he is scheduled to meet with the Indian Jewish community and visit the Chabad House, which was attacked by terrorists in 2008.
Photo Source: Israeli Foreign Ministry
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