Unlocking the true value of a Winning Partnership

Unlocking the true value of a Winning Partnership
Unlocking the true value of a Winning Partnership

A new compilation of essays on India-UK ties created a cross-country buzz over the last few weeks with its launch events in London and New Delhi. “The UK's relationship with India has been predominantly transactional, but it needs to become transformational. India and the UK need to understand where the true value comes from the partnership, and how they can turn this special relationship into a global relationship, one that changes the world for the better, tackling significant issues such as security and climate change together.” This is how Manoj Ladwa encapsulates the central theme of 'Winning Partnership: India-UK Relations Beyond Brexit', a collection edited by the India Inc. founder and CEO. The contributors to this first-of-its-kind one-stop review of where India fits into the UK's reality as a non-member of the European Union (EU) include former Indian diplomats such as Ranjan Mathai and Asoke Mukerji, UK-based commentators such as Chatham House Senior Fellow Gareth Price and economist Lord Meghnad Desai and London mayor Sadiq Khan, among a host of others who each cover a specific aspect of the bilateral relationship, from business to politics and finance to culture. The book had its UK launch in London in June, where the Indian high commissioner to the UK, Y.K. Sinha, called for a more "constructive" approach to the bilateral relationship. "It is not just about an FTA [free trade agreement] or cultural links. There is a lot of work to do on areas such as terrorism and achieve a congruence of views on core issues,” he said. This was followed by another high-profile launch event hosted by the British Council in New Delhi in early July. It was preceded by a visit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who received a special copy of the book from its many contributors. “There are many people who are sceptical about this relationship. Many Indians say the UK-India special relationship is a thing of the past, but the Prime Minister, who we presented a copy of the book, said he regards it as the relationship of the future,” said Ladwa. The book has four key themes:

  • It celebrates what is now truly a post-post-colonial order. The pendulum of power, that had historically been tilted towards the UK, has now begun to swing India's way.
  • There is a need to redefine the relationship from a transactional one to make it truly transformational. There is a tendency to ask: What's in it for me But it can actually transform the lives of people in both countries.
  • These two great countries can forge a global partnership that can bring about reforms in multilateral bodies such as the UN and also collaborate on security, especially cyber security issues.
  • The book also celebrates and acknowledges what Prime Minister Modi referred to so evocatively as the “Living Bridge” - with the free flow of ideas, technologies, students, encourage tourism, especially inbound tourism into India from the UK.
“This book is a repository of ideas intended to open a fresh dialogue and the contributors to this repository of ideas are people who have lived and breathed the India-UK relationship, people I hope the powers that be would be inclined to listen to,” explains Ladwa.
*To know more about the book or to order your own copy: winning-partnership.com
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