Is there a Soviet-Indian Strategic Partnership?
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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