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India's Relations with South Africa During the Post-Apartheid Era

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The article argues that there are several historical factors which have contributed significantly to shaping India's relations with South Africa. One of the major historical factors is Mahatma Gandhi's struggle to end racial discrimination against Indians in South Africa. Because of this struggle, India made the abolition of apartheid a centerpiece of its foreign policy. Its policy towards the South African government was characterized by conflict. On the other hand, India's relations with the African National Congress (ANC) were cooperative. The article argues that following the abolition of apartheid, India and South Africa are more likely to have positive relations under the newly democratically elected governments. It contends that recent developments in trade, diplomatic initiatives, and defense ties will be strengthened and broadened. In addition, cultural ties that were established more than a century ago will be expanded. Finally, the paper provides an analysis of several areas where ties are being developed and future areas for cooperation are being explored. The recent transformations in both countries' economies may allow them to forge new ties. This article fills a void in the literature on South Africa and India. There is not a lot of literature available that addresses South Africa's relations with countries following the abolition of apartheid. Countries, such as India, are developing totally different policies towards South Africa following the abolition of apartheid that need to be examined.


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