Is there a Soviet-Indian Strategic Partnership?

  • Surjit Mansingh


To speak of a Soviet-Indian strategic partnership without a question mark is to make an assumption stronger than warranted about an admittedly close and cordial relationship between two large but very different states. Is it possible that such an assumption is the product of wishful thinking as well as facile imagery? If, as I suggest, the present and past content of Soviet-Indian relations falls short of a strategic partnership, and their 1971 Treaty of Peace, Friendship and Cooperation is less than an alliance, why did such an impression come to be so widespread? And if, as is evident, both the Soviet Union and India find it advantageous to cultivate each other’s friendship, what is the likelihood of their evolving an actual strategic partnership in the future?


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Notes and References

  1. 3.
    See Surjit Mansingh, India’s Search for Power (New Delhi/Beverly Hills: Sage, 1984) p. 154f.Google Scholar
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    Henry Kissinger, The White House Years (Boston: Little, Brown, 1979) p. 913.Google Scholar
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    This was evident in the late 1960s. See Robert Donaldson, Soviet Policy Toward India (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1974) pp. 241–53CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    See Yaacov Vertzberger, The Enduring Entente: Sino-Pakistan Relations 1960–1980 (New York: Praeger, 1983).Google Scholar
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    See Bhabani Sen Gupta, Soviet—Asian Relations in the 1970’s and Beyond (New York: Praeger, 1978).Google Scholar
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    For a succinct account of the Russian—Indian—Chinese imbroglio, see Charles H. Heimsath and Surjit Mansingh, Diplomatic History of Modern India (New Delhi: Allied, 1971) pp. 437–43.Google Scholar
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    See Surjit Mansingh, ‘New Directions in Indo-US Relations’, in Satish Kumar, Yearbook on India’s Foreign Policy 1984–85 (New Delhi: Sage, 1987) pp. 185–97.Google Scholar
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    For a detailed study, see Santosh Mehrotra, ‘India’s Economic Relations with the USSR’ Ph.D. dissertation, University of Cambridge, 1984. For recent summaries, see his ‘The Political Economy of Indo-Soviet Relations’, in Robert Cassen (ed.), Soviet Interests in the Third World (London/New Delhi: Sage, 1985)Google Scholar

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