Can Britain build a special relationship with India?
Britain always likes to talk about its 'special relationship' with the USA, whether this is to trumpet it or bemoan its demise. Increasingly commentators are wondering if India could be a new area of possibility for Britain. Britain has a history in India, some good, much of it bad but as it is all 60 years in the past any ties may be better than none. While Britain's history with China is almost entirely negative (at least from China's viewpoint) Britain has a much better chance with India. Could Britain build a new special relationship?
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In the britains shoes - economic aspect
According to http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-10768105, Indian students pay some £300m ($465m) for their tution fees to the Universities in Britain. It means Indian students not only help financially for the universities in Britain, but they will also become future consumer for britain's media, product, etc...
Due to the economic crisis of 2008, britain have been in serious economic depression. But india have been in relatively easy status because of huge national consumer market. It means britain have few money, but India have much money. Britain may be eagerly want to help their unemployed, so investment from india will make better the situation of britain labor market.
There's a new student visa policy that requires students from everywhere outside Britain to work for the amelioration of the British economy and to go through a more stringent screening process. Sponsorship has been made mandatory for foreign students; so that more exorbitant fees than ever are squeezed out of them.
So; it really isn't just Indians.
"According to the Higher Education Statistics Agency, a total of 15,560 Asian or Asian British Pakistanis were studying at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels in the UK. The overall number of students was 880,030."-[[http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2008\11\04\story_4-11-2008_pg1_10]]
Business is business
India' s booming economy is on the verge of greatness and that means it is an market with demand for British products. Cameron recently visited India to sell warplanes.As any salesperson will tell you; forging a business relationship is very much like buttering toast or just buttering.
This time Cameron; the money-minded conservative(who can't get his own country''s economy together) figured politically siding with India would prove useful in getting a 700 million pound military deal with the wonderful nation.
So, he was off to Bangalore to seal the deal and then to Delhi to tether it tight.
Such exchanges are likely to go on as long as India is doing well on the economic front. And with Cambridge and Oxford Graduate Economist Manmohan Singh in the seat of power; this will remain the case for a long time. [[http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/columnists/21-jawed-naqvi-are-we-mistaking-david-cameron-for-kaiser-wilhelm-280-sk-08]]
David Cameron would not have won if it weren't for Clegg and the Lib Dems. He is in no way representative of the opines or political leanings of the British people. Today it's India. Tomorrow, it will be some other financially rising nation (read potential customer).
David Cameron's comments on Pakistan were directed towards India
In British PM's Queen's Speech, he made comments intended to curry favour in India condemning Pakistan for "promoting the export of terror"[[http://www.channel4.com/news/articles/uk/immigration+row+overshadows+cameron+india+visit/3725882]] and encouraging India to make the business case for increasing immigration caps.
Cameron's comments are most likely an attempt to appeal to Britons who simultaneously want to see a hard political stance taken against what is perceived as the centre of Islamic extremism and want to isolate terrorism to a single geographical and political environment. Even if the Prime Minister's comments do have a positive effect on Anglo-Indian relations, they are likely to be quickly forgotten and certainly will have a minimal bearing on a so-called 'special relationship'.
What do you think?