TThe Arctic Council is a high-level intergovernmental forum dealing with issues facing regional governments and indigenous peoples in the Arctic. It was formally established in 1996.
The Arctic Council has eight states, including Canada, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Iceland, Russia, Sweden and the United States.
Other countries or national groups are considered observer states.
India is currently an observer member of the Arctic Council. Recently, the government unveiled India’s Arctic Policy Paper.
It says India is aiming for a permanent presence, more research stations and satellite earth stations in the Arctic
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