Rishi Sunak’s Indian Origin Puts Pressure On England

Rishi Sunak’s Indian Origin Puts Pressure On England

The Indian origin of Rishi Sunak, recently appointed Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, will not mean major changes in relations between the European country and India, although the pressure to which he will be subjected for not being “soft” with New Delhi could harden its position in the negotiations, analysts from the former British colony told EFE on Tuesday.

“Sunak may complicate things a bit, because he will be under pressure not to be soft on India, and he may try to project an image that he is trying to favor British interest,” the head of the Strategic Studies Program told EFE. of the Observer Research Foundation (ORF), Harsh V. Pant.

Sunak became the first non-white Hindu ethnic minority and the youngest since the 18th century, aged 42, to take office as UK prime minister.

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His coming to power, which occurs in the midst of a political crisis in the European country and with an economy on the verge of recession, was applauded by many politicians in India, including the Indian Prime Minister, the Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi.

On Monday, coinciding with the celebrations for the Hindu festival of Diwali, Modi remarked on Twitter that this appointment represents a “living bridge” with the Indians of the United Kingdom, and the transformation of their “historic ties into a modern partnership”.

Other Indian personalities did not miss the opportunity to bring to light an anti-colonial and revenge sentiment, seeing that a person of Indian origin reached the political top in London 75 years after India gained independence from the United Kingdom.

Among them was the secretary general of the Mahindra group, Anand Mahindra, who highlighted the phrase that former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill dedicated to Indian politicians in 1947, in view of Indian independence.

“By handing over the Government of India to these supposed political classes, we are handing it over to straw men, of whom, in a few years, not a trace will remain,” Churchill assured then, a quote that many remember today in the country. Asian.

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In these 75 years, the ties between the two countries have progressively matured away from post-colonial tensions, to the point of being especially close today in matters of security and trade.

Thus, the outgoing British Prime Minister, Liz Truss, visited the Indian capital last year, then as Foreign Minister, to close several agreements on defense and security in the Indo-Pacific.

While the also former Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, went to India last April in an attempt to promote the signing of a free trade agreement between the two nations, which was announced in January this year but has not yet materialized.

The Indian economist Santosh Mehrotra, however, does not believe that the arrival of Sunak will bring about any change in the signing of this agreement, and stresses that the president will prioritize the recovery of the domestic economy of the United Kingdom, and will not pay more attention to it than his successors to the future trade agreement with India.

“I don’t think it will make any difference at all,” the expert told EFE, who agreed that Sunak “will be even more careful in his relationship with India, so as not to raise annoyances or suspicions in the British press.”

Both analysts did highlight the Indian diaspora as the most benefited by Sunak’s appointment, seeing that he can “use his political capital” to support them despite the discomfort of some members of the Conservative Party.

“Across all political parties there is concern that the Indian diaspora is important and regulations with India are important,” said Harsh V. Pant, adding that India-UK relations would continue to grow, “whoever is the first Minister”.

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