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India-UK: New Ground

Many British Prime Ministers and Queen Elizabeth have also visited India, but the visit of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been as meaningful for both the countries, it is a historic achievement in itself. Johnson’s visit to the Sabarmati Ashram is an event in itself. The ashram which was built by Mahatma Gandhi and Gandhi who shook the roots of the British Empire, if a British Prime Minister goes to Gandhi’s ashram and spins the spinning wheel while sitting on the ground, it is a story in itself.

On the four kilometer route, Johnson was greeted by thousands of people with a warm welcome like he had never seen before. That is why he said that he is feeling like Amitabh Bachchan and Sachin Tendulkar. He is the first British Prime Minister who came to India and told Modi in Hindi that he was his ‘special friend’. When a slave of the English language came to India, an English Prime Minister said in Hindi, this is a wonder in itself. The first reason for this is that India’s influence in world politics and business is increasing.

Second, there is an increasing dominance of Indian-origin citizens in today’s British politics. Now that Britain has left the European Union, it also has to build closer political, trade and strategic ties with large nations like India. If there is a free trade agreement between the two countries by Diwali, then India-UK trade can certainly double in a few years. The results of India’s free-trade agreements with Australia and the United Arab Emirates are already visible.

India-UK agreement can create thousands of new jobs. Johnson has also said that his government will be lenient in granting visas to eligible Indians. Johnson and Modi have also agreed on strategic cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region. Johnson has also promised to provide weapons, new strategic technologies and many maritime surveillance techniques to be sold by Britain to India. Both the nations have also resolved to open joint factories of arms manufacturing. Johnson praised Indian aid to the Afghan people and both sides opposed making Afghanistan a haven for terrorism. Both nations called for an all-inclusive government in Afghanistan.

It seemed that during this visit to Delhi, Johnson’s attempt would be to tilt India on his side, that is, to force it to criticize Russia, but the opposite happened. Johnson praised India’s Ukraine-policy and put many ballads in praise of Modi. He also promised strict action against several Khalistani and terrorist organizations operating in Britain.

To please India, he also said that he strongly condemns terrorism from across the border. It seems that the agreements and dialogues that have taken place during this visit will take these two countries to a new and higher level of relations.

Shubham Bangwal

Shubham Bangwal is a Senior Journalist at You can follow him on Twitter @sb_0fficial
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