Relevance and use of the article in UPSC prelims and mains examination:Dear aspirants, article mainly focus on india's diplomacy.Theresa May arrived in India on a three-day visit that aimed at boosting economic ties with Asia’s third largest economy and one of the fastest growing ones in the world following Brexit or Britain’s exit from the European Union.According to British newspapers, the central focus of the visit is to set in motion talks on a free trade deal that Britain can sign as soon as the procedures for Brexit are completed.
- British Prime Minister Theresa May arrived in India on her first bilateral visit outside Europe to reinvigorate the India-United Kingdom strategic partnership. During the visit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will join May to inaugurate the India-UK Tech Summit in New Delhi, jointly hosted by the Confederation of Indian Industry and the Department of Science and Technology. May would also raise the issue of a free trade agreement with India. New Delhi, though interested, is expected to wait until after ‘Brexit’ — or the UK’s exit from the European Union — plays out.
- May’s visit to India comes at a crucial time for the UK. She intends to start formal negotiations on leaving the European Union (EU) by the end of March 2017, putting Britain on course to exit the bloc — and potentially the European single market — by early 2019. As the UK struggles to re-define its global role post-Brexit, May has often mentioned India among the priority countries for a free trade agreement to boost the country’s ties outside the EU.
Some of the issues on the agenda:
- May is expected to address an India-UK Technology summit. where she is expected to pitch for greater partnerships between Indian and British companies to implement India’s flagship programmes like Smart Cities Mission, Make in India and Digital India, besides other priority areas like healthcare, infrastructure and skill development.Other issues like small and medium British firms who May hopes to “introduce” to India. May is expected to push for a free trade deal that Britain wanted to sign as soon as its divorce from the EU comes through.
- Three deals worth around £370 million ($463 million) are expected to be signed between private companies of both sides,These are railways equipment manufacturing, health and electronics manufacturing.
- May will be keen to hear about India’s economic reforms like the goods and services tax (GST) that will unite India into a single market as well as other legislations.
- For India, the priority is the question of immigration. Last week, Britain announced changes in immigration rules—including higher salary thresholds—that are expected to affect Indian professionals and IT companies, particularly those using the Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) visa. Visa fees for Indian tourists, students, business travellers and academicians too are higher than for nationals of other countries, for example China.
- India could press for the extradition of embattled UB group chairman Vijay Mallya, who is wanted for questioning in a money-laundering probe. There could be discussions on making the process of extradition smooth since British authorities earlier ruled out deportation.
- Given India’s tensions with Pakistan, New Delhi could look for a strong statement on terrorism from Britain. But it is unclear if and how May will better David Cameron’s statement made in 2010 advising Pakistan “not look both ways” on the issue of terrorism. Defence and security, including military sales, are an important component of the overall relationship.
- India could also seek clarity over the “Brexit process” which was made more complex last week after a British court ruled that the British parliament be consulted on the decision..
- On Kashmir as well as the broader trajectory of India-UK ties, May will be building on the legacy of her predecessor. Cameron had championed Indian interests like few British prime ministers in recent years.
- Though the rise of India as an economic power is transforming British attitudes towards India across the political spectrum, the opposition Labour Party continues to see India through the lens of human rights and the impact of its Pakistani immigrant support base remains strong.. There are significant historical, linguistic, and cultural ties that remain untapped. So a robust partnership with the Tory government is a good idea for India. Modi’s visit to the UK last year managed to change the course of the India-UK ties considerably. It will be now up to May to build on that momentum.
- As we look ahead to the future clearly, then we have to understand that Brexit is something that we all have to be worried about and think rationally and positive about it.
“ Recently the brexit process is in the way for europe due to this britain is on the back foot to make individual trade agreements with nations” in the lights of this statement do you think the recent visit of britain PM to india is for well being for india. Or india has to adopt some other strategy to capitalize the gravity of this situation.
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