UK faces difficult path as it resumes courtship with India

Published Apr 06 2021 at 4:00 AM GMT
  • Boris Johnson is hoping to improve relations with rising superpower but many roadblocks stand in his way George Osborne, the former British chancellor, tells the story of how, soon after Narendra Modi had been elected prime minister of India in 2014, he and the then foreign secretary, William Hague, alighted on a plan to fly immediately to India to make sure they were the first through the door to congratulate the new leader of the world's largest democracy.
  • They decided to take the only British politician who seemed to know Modi well, Priti Patel, now home secretary, then recently appointed the government's "India diaspora champion?.
  • There was a pushback in the Whitehall system due to Modi's record of stirring up inter-community violence in Gujarat " a Republican president in 2005 even banned him from travelling to the US ' but the pair decided that the Anglo-Indian relationship was finally ready to shed the layers of imperial legacy.
  • "If we are not going to engage with India, who are we going to engage with"" Osborne asked.


  • Published Apr 6, 2021 4:00 AM GMT