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While we hold on to India, we are a first-rate power. If we lose India, we will decline to a third-rate power. This is the value of India.

The words of Lord Curzon at the turn of the 20th Century may well find a strange echo in the 21st century and as India enters its 60th year of independence.

India continues to captivate Britain, especially in the popular imagination.

So, Shilpa Shetty makes more news on Big Brother than she does in her own film industry, Bangladeshi-owned Indian restaurants have elbowed fish and chips shops off the high street, and hopes of an Ashes revival were pinned on a turbaned Sikh. But the relations between India and Britain are grounded in a reality that goes beyond culture, curry and cricket.

India is now the third largest investor in the UK, with more than 500 Indian companies opening offices there. More importantly, nearly 1.5 million people of Indian origin live in Britain and that more than anything else is fuelling the relationship. Now, the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown, who is widely expected to succeed Tony Blair as prime minister later this year, is arriving in India. With only months left before he is expected to take over from Prime Minister Tony Blair, the long-serving finance minister will use the trip to press for progress on stalled world trade talks and urge Indian companies to come to Britain. 

In a number of high-profile interviews this year, Brown has called for a new style of politics, a move analysts see as an attempt to distance himself from some of Blair’s more unpopular policies and to gain credibility outside his economic brief. India is significant for Brown because it is Britain’s fourth-largest inward investor and he has long said Western nations must find ways to embrace the opportunities of the rising economies of China and India. “India is becoming a great power,” Brown told reporters on the plane to Bangalore. “There is a new world order.” His comments suggested a Brown government might support a bid by India to secure a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council. 
  

[Edited by Simon – Format change]

 

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