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India the land of wonders. Don’t you think so? Well, If you’ve ever been to this country or maybe you’re only thinking about visiting it then you’re bound to fall in love with it. On a larger scale that is when we’re talking about whole nations, not just tourists there’s a lot of love for India as well. So, which countries share affection with the land of spices? Well, 15 Countries always support India. Starting with:-
Relations between India and Afghanistan have been friendly for decades. India was among the first to recognize Afghanistan as a Republic in the 1980s, and since then they’ve been close. Giving each other a helping hand when needed. Afghanistan knows it can always rely on India as a partner and perhaps even a mentor. Because it was his greatest helper in troublesome times. In peaceful times India hasn’t neglected its partner either building schools and roads sponsoring scholarships and providing other aid in 2007 and 2008. The government of Afghanistan even called India the country’s most cherished partner and a brother country to their own. Also, India has Provided Shahid Vijay Singh Pathik Sports Complex, Greater Noida as a Home Ground to Afghanistan cricket team. If that’s not true affection. Then I don’t know what it is?
Sharing a 1020 mile long border India and Myanmar or as it was formally called Burma, have strong historical bonds. So, naturally, they can’t but have at least some kind of a relationship. Some kind isn’t enough to describe these two nations? Though because they have a warm friendship between them despite the troubles Myanmar has had in the 20th century. India has always been there for its neighbor, forever supporting and inspiring them. And since 1993 the relations between the countries have been steadily improving. Today, India is the largest buyer of Burmese goods and they’ve even built a huge three-sided highway connecting India Myanmar and Thailand, a friendship supporting infrastructure. That’s awesome!
What comes to your mind? What do you think of Maldives? Beautiful Blue Waters, cozy little bungalows, warm tropical Sun. Ah! Yes, A true island paradise. Well, this country also happens to be located in the Indian Ocean and it has a very special relationship with India. To start with, India was the first to recognize the independence of Maldives in 1966 when it broke off from Great Britain. I guess getting some recognition is a good start if you want to become friends with someone and the two nations did become close partners for more than 50 years. They have been cooperating on issues both big and small. What’s more? India even takes part in ensuring the security of the Maldives. Well how neighborly, of them!
#4 Sri Lanka
India is Sri Lanka’s one-and-only neighbor, separated from it by the Palk Strait. This and many other factors made it obvious that the two countries should work together to achieve great things and they sure did. Despite the numerous problems and tensions, they had between them before, India and Sri Lanka’s relations have improved a lot in recent decades. For example, after a 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, Sri Lanka was one the most affected country, India was the fastest to react and help its neighbor. I think this is enough about how much they care, and I’m sure the future is only bright for these two neighboring nations.
Given that both India and Australia belong to the Commonwealth of Nations. It isn’t at all strange that they have a lot in common. They both once belonged to the British Empire so there are lots and lots of cultural links between the countries. In particular cricket and field hockey is to sporting passions they share, that came from the time of colonization. Cricket is so popular in both India and Australia, that the national teams often tour each other’s countries, and probably the best thing about it is that the most talented young Indian cricket players get scholarships to train at the Australian cricket academy. Looks like friendships can open a lot of great opportunities.
History proves that nothing could lessen the warmth between Japan and India. I mean Japan imposed sanctions on India at one point in the late 90s, but even this didn’t weaken the bonds connecting the two. They are a great example of strong cooperation and partnership, with Japanese corporate giants like Sony and Suzuki building their manufacturing facilities in India. But perhaps the most important gesture of goodwill was made in 2008. The two countries signed an agreement according to which India received a loan of 4.5 billion dollars to build a high-speed railway connecting Delhi and Mumbai. Of course, the loan was to be returned, who would even think about giving away such a sum, but the interest on it was really low.
Singapore is a hugely important trading partner. Singapore was rather vulnerable when it gained independence in 1965. All kinds of countries wanted it to become part of them, but only India offered a helping hand and an alliance, not a merger. Since then Singapore and India have maintained a warm relationship. Singapore has become one of the largest trade partners to India, and they both enjoy mutual import and export of each other’s goods
As I said earlier India has built a three-sided highway connecting it with Myanmar and Thailand, This is thanks to an interesting fact! Since 1991 India has employed the Look East policy, which means that has been trying hard to achieve good relations with the countries of Southeast Asia. At the same time, Thailand employed its look West policy, which was the same as the Indian effort but in the opposite direction. So naturally, the countries met halfway strengthening their bonds with all kinds of agreements. Historically though these two nations also have a lot in common. India had a huge influence on Thailand’s culture and some of its ethics are even taught in Thai schools. You know that’s a cool level of trust.
#9 South Korea
Relations between India and South Korea began as far back as 2000 years. It’s believed that Princess Hyo, a legendary queen of Korea came from a distant land to marry Kim Sou-Ro and that land was most probably India. Anyway, a lot of things happen since then and today the Indian Korean friendship is at its highest. Any South Korean citizen can travel to India without a visa and receive it upon arrival to the country. As for trade in the last few decades, it’s been growing at an astounding pace, proving that the two nations are quite serious about their mutual agreements.
Jamaica is another country on my list that’s had many ties to India since the times of the British Empire. Like Australia, Jamaica belongs to the Commonwealth of Nations and some would say most importantly they like cricket. How can they not be close with such molarity? Anyway, India buys almost everything that Jamaica exports, and that alone is reason enough for their relationship to be cordial. They support each other whenever they can and that’s an example of real friendship between nations.
Surprised! Well, you shouldn’t be. Indian relations with European countries are also rather warm and this especially concerns France for centuries. The two nations have kept strong cultural and trading ties, and since 1998 they have also become strategic partners. France is, in fact, one of the few countries that seem to support India in all of its endeavors. Both countries have a particular day dedicated to each other and they describe their partnership as a special relationship. Which means a lot in the diplomatic language!!
#12 The United Kingdom
Of course, I goanna mention The UK here. The two countries’ strong ties are the result of British colonization, which ended in 1947 but still left a significant track. The number of British Indian citizens is steadily growing. Today about two million Indian people are living permanently in The UK. The two countries are close and respectful toward each other. They have not forgotten their past, but they have shown that cooperation and partnership can overrule anything. In 2010 the UK’s Prime Minister at the time said that India and the United Kingdom have a new special relationship. There’s that diplomatic language again.
India and Iran have a history of disagreements in many areas, but their current relations are pretty much cordial and warm. A public poll conducted in 2005 showed that 71% of Iranians viewed India positively, which is the overwhelming majority. On a larger scale, the two nations have been close partners in trade strategy and energy relations and that’s despite all their differences in views on the global arena. I guess they really are like friends disagreeing on some terms but still sticking together.
India is the largest buyer of Israel’s military equipment. India is one of the largest trade partners of Israel. According to an international survey conducted, Indians express more sympathy and love towards Israel as compared to the USA. These two countries also share a large bond in the field of Science and Technology.
Russia and India had a strong military, economic, strategic, and diplomatic Relations. Russia is the biggest defense supplier in India. Both countries share a strong bond from the early1900s when Russia was the Soviet Union(USSR). After the Dissolution of the USSR, Russian inherits its strong relationship with India which results in into special Relation. Russia has always supported India in the United Nation council.
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