Downloadable report about the special relationship between the UK and India. The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, wants the UK and India to forge a new special relationship. THE British prime minister, David Cameron, is surely right to try to establish a special relationship with India. India is the biggest investor in.
70yrs since colonial rule ended, is there hope yet for the UK-India ‘special relationship’?
Shared values, similar legal systems and familiar institutions are good starting points but the UK-India relationship obviously needs more ballast. Areas of convergence There areas in which the two countries can — and do — cooperate are pretty obvious. Trade, defence technology transfers, fund-raising in London, people-to-people ties and soft power exports are the areas of convergence.
At this point, the British government needs to demonstrate, in no uncertain terms, that it can find alternative markets and tie up trade deals that compensate for the losses that will accrue from Brexit. This, most observers believe, is the minimum condition Mrs May has to fulfil to get a fair trade deal from Brussels. And that is why this may be a good time for UK and India to announce that they are ready to make a fresh beginning that builds on the existing platform.
Future sealed for UK-India ties - India Inc Group
In addition to several agreements between the private sectors of the two countries, the two governments also signed some path-breaking MoUs on, among other things, ensuring a free, open, peaceful and secure cyberspace ; cooperation in exchange of information and strategies for effective cyber security incident management and threat response; strengthening institutional cooperation in the field of sustainable urban development, to include business engagement, programme and project design, access to finance, knowledge exchange and research and innovation, to build on existing cooperation on the Smart Cities Mission; and on skill development, vocational education and training to promote collaboration and capacity-building and to enhance co-operation on livestock husbandry, fisheries and agro-forestry.
A flow of people and the relationships they engender between the two nations and their peoples generates a flow of ideas — and helps build trust, which has to be the bedrock of any sustainable long-term relationship. Great Britain needs new markets for its goods and expertise in a variety of important fields in which India is lacking.
And India needs a reliable ally at a time when the presence of a maverick President in the White House has thrown many safe assumptions of the recent past into question.
That, in my opinion, is where London and New Delhi will find real synergy for their ties. Queen Victoria became Empress of India in From a small trading outpost, India became the jewel in the British crown.
British Raj — [ edit ] Further information: Inthe area, which included modern India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, became "the Indian Empire" often known historically as the "British Raj" with British Monarch Queen Victoria proclaimed as " Empress of India " a title held by her successors until Partition of India created new entities out of the erstwhile British Raj: Dominion of India — [ edit ] Further information: King George VIwho as British Monarch had been " Emperor of India ", abandoned this title inand served as India's ceremonial head of state as 'King of India' in much the same way, he also served as 'King of Pakistan'.
In India became a Republic and the link with the British crown was severed. Republic of India since [ edit ] Further information: Both Britain and India have since pursued quite divergent diplomatic paths. In particular, India became a major force within the Non-Aligned Movementwhich initially sought to avoid taking sides during the Cold War.
Political and diplomatic relations between the two countries have generally been cordial but lacking in depth. Former Indian Prime-Minister I. Gujral made a scathing assessment of Britain's relationship with India saying that the UK was a third rate power not worth cultivating.
The growth of India 's multinational companies contributed greatly to UK's business and economy. As ofIndian companies in the UK generated over 19 billion pounds.
Tata group alone employed over 55, people in the UK. Discussion on a possible free-trade agreement is also in the agenda. However, Jaitley stated that a formal dialogue on the agreement would only begin post-Brexit. Whilst many large UK companies have a presence in India, small and medium-sized British companies do not.
India hopes that the Access to India programme will not only encourage British SMES to export to India but also inspire them to manufacture in India fulfilling the aims of the Make in India initiative.