Academic journal article Indian Foreign Affairs Journal

India-Canada Relations: Present Reality & Future Directions

Academic journal article Indian Foreign Affairs Journal

India-Canada Relations: Present Reality & Future Directions

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The Canada-India relationship has indeed taken a positive turn since Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Canada in 2015. It was the first by an Indian Prime Minister in about four decades.

While India and Canada are members of the Commonwealth of Nations, robust democracies, multicultural societies and have had very close cooperative ties, a sort of bitterness had entered the relationship in the aftermath of India's nuclear test in 1974. Canada played a prominent role in promoting nuclear export control rules against India. A Working relationship continued but the mistrust level was high - until recently. However, today the two countries have embarked upon a new path of bilateral cooperation in the civil nuclear sector.

During Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Canada in April 2015, both sides agreed to elevate their bilateral relations to a strategic partnership. However, the strategic content remains wafer thin. The ties essentially rest on 3Es - economy, energy and education. …

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