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The Soviet Union And India
The Soviet Union And India
By Peter J. S. Duncan
Council on Foreign Relations Press (for the Royal Institute of Internationa, 1989, 150 pp

The author, a professor at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies at London University, identifies several sources of change in the Soviet-Indian relationship, including the Sino-Soviet rapprochement, the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan and Gorbachev's "new thinking," which emphasizes international cooperation for peaceful settlement of disputes. On the Indian side he sees two important changes: a new generation of leaders, including Rajiv Gandhi, himself oriented to the West in tastes and technological interests, and the shifts in the needs of India's economy that seem to dictate closer economic links to the West and Japan. He concludes, however, that both Moscow and New Delhi have invested so much in their relationship that they will probably be unwilling to allow any significant diminution. Nonetheless, Western countries "should see it as being in their interests to consider more carefully India's concerns."