Long ago there were two countries whose destinies were intertwined by history, now years later, they have come together to seal £9bn worth of commercial deals in the retail, logistics, energy, finance, IT, education and health sectors. Britain’s rule helped make India into a modern nation and India’s wealth and military manpower sustained Britain as a superpower. Burying the issues of racialism and slavery, under a new dawn, David Cameron and Narendra Modi have joined hands to build two powerful nations which would be sharing their resources to start an enlightening period.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the United Kingdom from November 12 to 14 to burnish India’s resources in international eyes and to further enhance India’s branding. Highlighting India’s continued high economic growth trajectory, improving ranking in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business index, Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index and the World Economic Forum’s Competitiveness Report, Modi managed to emphasize on India’s growing leadership and its emergence into the global form. India’s rapidly growing middle-class consumer market and burgeoning investments in the UK gave David Cameron plenty to gain by giving Modi a grand welcome and ensuring that ongoing radical situation in India does not hamper, on what both the nations are to gain from the partnership.
One of the highlights of Modi’s UK trip was the much-touted rupeedenominated ‘masala bonds’ that will raise capital in London for India’s modernization of railways, housing, green energy etc. They illustrate the PM’s assertion that his foreign policy benefits the poorest of Indians by upping their quality of life. For denouncers who alleged that Modi does more foreign policy and less domestic policy, they were reminded that global and local are connected and may help to leverage the links in a great manner. As per Cameron, the partnership between the nations is of great strategical significance and that both are united by the ambition of boosting the respective countries.
Before being received at Buckingham Palace, Modi took part in a round table of British and Indian business leaders in Downing Street, thus attempting to lay the legacy of British imperialism to rest, by clubbing the resources on terror,
defense and cyber security. From technology transfer in defense to going after the Lashkar-e-Toiba, from cyber security to tackling online child pornography, a new joint statement on defense and security has emerged as a major takeaway from the meetings between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his British counterpart David Cameron on Thursday and Friday. The two spent a considerable amount of time talking about terrorism at the Chequers, Cameron’s country residence where Modi spent the night. This is the first time a joint statement of this nature has been signed between the two countries. It explicitly mentions the Lashkar-e-Toiba, Hizbul- Mujahideen, the Haqqanis and concluded that the two countries will work together to disrupt “all financial and tactical support for terrorist networks”, including Islamic State and al-Qaeda. India and the UK stand united .against terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and support the early finalization of a Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism.
On defense cooperation, the joint statement said that UK and India will “elevate” their defense relationship by establishing capability partnerships in strategic areas, through which they will work together across the spectrum of doctrine, training and other elements upon which military effectiveness depends.
The two PMs also agreed that their governments would work together to support ‘Make in India’ on indigenous defense projects. Cyber security also emerged as a priority during the visit. According to the joint statement, the two countries will work together to provide world-class expertise, education and training to their nations’ cyber security professionals. The two countries agreed to expand the UK’s Chevening Cyber Scholarships programme for India and establish a Cyber Security Training Centre of Excellence. On online child pornography, they said the two sides will work together, in partnership with their nations’ technology industries, on the global ‘We PROTECT’ initiative to combat “online child sexual exploitation”.
In this regard, they said the UK will provide advice on the setting up of the new Indian Cyber Crime. Cameron, claimed that 2017 will be a UK-India Year of Culture, bringing into the prospect the mundane truth that this trip is about seeking advantage in the day-to-day politics of both countries. Modi has been whirling around the world in the 18 months since he took office seeking to woo the 35 million-strong Indian diaspora, wanting their support, and also to attract more of their investment and skills back to India. The trip is more of an appeal to further enhance the growth of the country. The reason for a grand welcome of Modi by Cameron cannot just be credited to enhance the Cameron political arena does want to erode Labour’s command of the Indian electorate and pull in more support for the Conservatives, particularly as British Indians become more prosperous and potentially inclined for class reasons to move to the right. Also, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), part of the Indian corporate group which is already the largest private sector employer in Britain, will train 1,000 British university graduates in business and commercial skills, making it a winwin situation for both the nations.
There are also the usual trade and investment objectives that British governments have pursued with very limited success for many years, setting target after target and leading delegation after delegation in the hope of an improvement that stubbornly fails to materialize. Subtly, Prime minister Cameron led an array of British politicians and business figures in lavishing unqualified praise for what India has achieved in the past one-and-a-half years and what lies ahead, Thus this trip of Modi to UK was carefully gift wrapped, hiding the deep atrocities and desperation both the countries are facing at the moment.
Global corporations operating out of London announce a slew of investments in India worth $15 billion in sectors like retail, telecommunications, alternative energy, healthcare, logistics, education, among others, and providing a favorable position to India globally. However, India under the leadership of Modi, India has been witnessing a lot of problems on ethnic front which includes his lukewarm response to the recent murder of a Muslim accused of eating beef. Highlighting the ethnic diversity of India as a strength globally, sounds a bit ironical to the people back at home. However, not explaining the events of racial upsurges in the country, Modi continues to highlight the economic development that has been achieved under his realm. Taking his ideology of “ache din”, he has been able to captivate the world by India’s strength and has strengthened ties all around.
Modi’s UK visit from November 12 to 14, can be stated as a huge moment for both the countries, that aims to build up both the nations by sharing over the resources and building technological innovations that would further enunciate their power within and across borders. The criticisms regarding racial events had mellowed down after watching the Modi road show in the haloed portals of the British Parliament, Buckingham Palace and Wembley Stadium. India is being lauded as, one of the most influential nations in the world, as to which Cameron remarked that Modi’s trademark “good days” are definitely coming as they were focused on the great hope that India represents to the world. Cameron and Modi have extracted the maximum benefits from the complementing relationship between a servicesdominated British economy and a consumption-oriented and manufacturing-embarked Indian economy.