India-Russia relations: As an overview in 21st century
This paper seeks to contemporary India-Russia relations. It emphsises the enduring mutual cooperation between two sides in terms of political, economic, defence, science & technology, health & medicines and cultural spheres. Historically, Indo- Soviet relations were never based on ideological affinities. In fact this relationship was projected in Soviet time as a model of close friendship between two countries with different socio-political systems. Worldwide events formed a situation under which India and Soviet Union came to close in fifties. Demise of the Soviet Union, however revised the international system completely. It proclaimed the ending of contentious bloc politics of the Cold War era. New Russia which is ideologically free had new options and new way to maintain its foreign relations with other countries. This paper depicts the commonness in the foreign policies of both countries. Both nations have been sharing the same multilateral forum such as U.N, G-20, BRICS, SCO, RIC where they have shared common interests. Both countries have taken similar steps on international steps. This article also focuses on various joint declarations and high level visits from both sides and presents the bilateral and multilateral meetings and agreements on various occasions. This paper also discusses the recent issues which have arisen some apprehensions between two sides but it is not true because Russia is India’s time tested friend. Relations of both nations are based on a constructive and practical approach, which reflects the fact that apparently they have long term interests.