India Inc India Inc: Friday, 23 June 2017 13:02

The Makings of a Winning Partnership

by Manoj Ladwa

India Inc. CEO Manoj Ladwa gives a sneak peek into his soon-to-be-released collection of essays on India’s partnership with a Brexit-bound UK.

Next week India Inc. will be launching ‘Winning Partnership: India-UK Relations Beyond Brexit’ – a collection of incisive and progressive essays on what a modern India-UK relation could look like.  

The book comes at a critical juncture in global affairs. India and its engagement with the world is being transformed under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Whilst the United Kingdom, one of the most prosperous nations in the world, is going through tumultuous change following its epic decision to leave the European Union (and, of course, the most recent UK election!).

The eminent writers draw on their vast experiences, exploring the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. The essays cover a wide range of subjects including politics and diplomacy, economics and business, strategic affairs and defence, through to culture and soft-power, and engaging the UK’s significant Indian diaspora. ‘Winning Partnership’ will help inform the debate on the future nature and direction of one of the deepest relationships in world diplomacy.

Here is a small extract from my introductory chapter to set the context:

The UK–India relationship has all the ingredients of a winning partnership, but much more needs to be done and fast. Let me set out a few milestones:

  • The relationship is decisively entering the ‘post postcolonial’ era.
  • The pendulum of influence in the relationship has swung; it is now much more a relationship of equals than at any time in the last two-and-a-half centuries, leading to questions about who actually needs who more.
  • Alongside global Britain, we are also seeing the emergence of a globalIndia, and both countries recognise that their futures lie in more, not less, engagement with the global community and also with each other.

But potential is one thing; its realisation quite another. To do justice tothe immense potential of this relationship, both London and New Delhi needto take a series of concrete actions such as:

  • Leveraging the potential of their combined soft power on the world
  • Allowing freer market access of people and services
  • Deeper engagement with the Indian view on immigration/trade
  • Understanding the UK government’s stand on immigration
  • Reimagining the Commonwealth and coordination through other multilateral institutions
  • Embracing fully the capabilities of the City of London in financing India’s growth ambitions

These can form an enabling architecture for the India–UK relationshipto reach its full potential.

Click here to order your copy of ‘Winning Partnership’

Manoj Ladwa is the founder of India Inc. and chief executive of MLS Chase Group @manojladwa


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