The Paradoxes of India- U.K. Ties

 The Paradoxes of India- U.K. Ties

When leaders meet, expect major announcements like a re-set in ties. The “India-UK Roadmap 2030,” unveiled after the virtual summit between Prime Ministers Modi and Johnson on May 4, appears future-perfect. Yet, we can’t be sure if Britain has let go of the past. “There is a whole string of British governments who think there is a special relationship with India. My experience is that the Indians do not have that view of Britain,” says former British chancellor George Osborne.

The summit’s joint statement is long and ambitious, as if Britain and India are specially entitled to hold forth on every issue under the planet. This statement doesn’t state India’s concerns on British interventions in India’s domestic politics—the shielding of anti-India separatists, tolerating violent attacks on the Indian High Commission, providing sanctuary to financial…

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