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With shared history, the commonwealth and the recent completion of Brexit, there is a new opportunity in furthering India-U.K. ties but its position is precarious. Analyze.

Topic:  Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora;

3. With shared history, the commonwealth and the recent completion of Brexit, there is a new opportunity in furthering India-U.K. ties but its position is precarious. Analyze. (250 words)

Reference: The Hindu 

Why the question:

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson who, due to the ravages of COVID-19 mutations in the U.K., has expressed his inability to attend a truncated version of India’s Republic Day.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about the changing contours India-U.K relations – the opportunities and costs associated with it in a post Brexit world.

Directive:

Analyze – When asked to analyse, you have to examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them as a whole in a summary.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Begin by providing context of India-U.K relations, the historical angle, aftermath of Brexit and a ravaging pandemic.

Body:

Start by writing about the scale of existing relations with Britain. Mention the changes that Brexit will bring in to the bilateral relations between India and Britain. Mention its impact.

Analyze the opportunities for collaboration between India and Britain in the aftermath of Brexit. . One and a half million persons of Indian origin reside in Britain. Before COVID-19, there were half a million tourists from India to Britain annually and twice that figure in the reverse direction. Around 30,000 Indians study in Britain despite restrictive opportunities for post-graduation employment. Britain is among the top investors in India and India is the second-biggest investor and a major job creator in Britain. Mention about leveraging the commonwealth for mutual benefits.

Mention the obstacles: duty reductions on autos, wines and spirits and wanted India to open financial sectors such as banking and insurance, postal, legal, accountancy, maritime and security and retail. India, as always, sought free movement for service professionals.

Conclusion:

Conclude with a way forward as to how these countries sharing a common history can have a win-win relationship.