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Despite having robust historical link between India and Britain, both countries find it hard to move on from the entrenched past. Critically examine.

Topic: Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests.

3. Despite having robust historical link between India and Britain, both countries find it hard to move on from the entrenched past. Critically examine. (250 words)

Reference:  Indian Express

Why the question:

The article throws light upon the India-Britain relationship from past to present.

Key Demand of the question:

Explain how the two nations have a deep historical connection. But both have found it hard to move on from entrenched prejudices of the past.

Directive:

Critically examine – When asked to ‘Examine’, we have to look into the topic (content words) in detail, inspect it, investigate it and establish the key facts and issues related to the topic in question. While doing so we should explain why these facts and issues are important and their implications. When ‘critically’ is suffixed or prefixed to a directive, one needs to look at the good and bad of the topic and give a fair judgment.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Start with historical background of the two nations.

Body:

Explain that the bitter legacies of the Partition and Britain’s perceived tilt to Pakistan have long complicated the engagement between Delhi and London. To make matters worse, the large South Asian diaspora in the UK transmits the internal and intra-regional conflicts in the subcontinent into Britain’s domestic politics.

While there is no way of fully separating South Asian and British domestic politics, Delhi’s problems have been accentuated by the British Labour Party’s growing political negativity towards India. For generations, Indian elites grew up thinking Labour was more empathetic towards India, while resenting the Conservative condescension.

Conclusion:

Suggest way forward.