David Cameron’s India Visit: In a Brief


British Prime Minister David Cameron’s three day visit to India can be seen as an attempt to improve the relations between two countries in trade and education giving ample opportunities to students to have educational qualification from the reputed and leading universities in UK. Meanwhile, Mr. Cameron extended his helping hand to Indian government amidst allegations of corruption in Chopper deal.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh expressed his serious concern over the chopper scam for which the UPA government is facing criticism from all ends. He sought help from UK in the probe into AugustaWestland chopper deal during the talks with his British counterpart on Tuesday.

At a meeting on Tuesday, both the leaders expressed their concerns over the chopper deal. Dr Singh asked his counterpart to help in finding out whether the scam took place in the deal of over Rs 3500 crore with Italy’s defence firm, which were to supply 12 helicopters for VVIPs to the Indian Air Force.

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Responding to the request, British PM Cameron assured that he will respond to India soon on queries on AgustaWestland, which is a UK subsidiary of Italian defence major Finmeccanica.

On third or last day of his trip, Mr Cameron also paid respects to the martyrs, visiting massacre site at Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar. He expressed regret calling the massacre, which his predecessor Winston Churchil had described at that time as ‘Monstrous’, as a deeply ‘shameful incident in British history’.

Mr Cameron’s gesture and his visit to India can be described as an attempt to build his clean image to woo 1.5 million British voters of Indian origin ahead of 2015 elections.

His interaction with students in India on his first day on Monday evening showed that he was ready to build good relations with Britain’s former colonial possession. He said that the UK government will give VISA to Indian students, who aspire to study in Britain. The students can also apply for job after completing studies there. Even VISA will be issued in one day for the businessmen, who are seeking to invest in UK.

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