PM Modi is on his four-country visit and today he just landed in Russia to meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin and everyone’s eyes are on the Kundankulam nuclear power plant deal.
India has been concerned about the ‘newly found’ closeness between Russia and China, Pakistan. The ‘climate change’ and shift in relations with India is the result of world politics because with rivalries with United States and other western countries, Russia has little option but to get closer to cash-rich China. And this triple nexus is worrisome for India and New Delhi’s warmth for US has been a matter of concern for Russia.
In this uncertain global environment where a multi-polar world is emerging, neither Modi nor Putin will want to abandon their age-old ties. What is needed is to reinvigorate is to revive the slugged ties. Russia has always firmly backed India on world forums and Russia has been refusing to sell arms to Pakistan since decades. So to strength the ties, a major focus on today’s summit will be to flourish economic ties and both countries are expected to be the signing of an agreement to build the last two units of the Kundankulam nuclear power plant with Moscow’s help.
Apart from the nuclear power plant, both countries might also sign other agreements ranging from business, science and technology, railways, cultural exchanges, etc to boost economic relations between India and Russia. And if the core agenda of nuclear deal is signed, the nuclear power plant consisting of two units will be able to generate 1,000 MW of electricity per unit with the help of Russia. The Kundankulam power plant will boost India’s electricity generating capacity significantly and we will be able to be less dependent on coal generated electricity.
Also, it is good to have a ‘consistent’ ally which Russia has always been to India. India-Russia relations have been the one constant in a world that has changed dramatically since 1947. The relations have withstood the test of time, and grown from strength to strength and it is time to revive and spur it all over again.