Rajeev Sharma is a New Delhi-based journalist, author and strategic analyst. He tweets @Kishkindha and can be reached at email@example.com.
A much-needed boost in Indo-Russian ties may be just around the corner. President Vladimir Putin will visit India next month for a 15th annual bilateral summit, held for the first time with India’s new prime minister, Narendra Modi.
India-Russia bilateral relations have been low key for a couple of years. There are many reasons for this sorry state of affairs – sorry because New Delhi and Moscow have had very close strategic ties for almost half a century now.
One of the bulwarks of Indo-Russian synergy was close defense ties and robust sales of weapon systems from Russia to India. But over the years, the Indian defense procurement policy has undergone a sea change, with India emphasizing self-reliance and indigenization.