Rhetoric or Meaningful Partnership?
Conclusion: the EU–India relationship in an era of dramatic transformations
It is perhaps not surprising to say that the European Union (EU)–India relationship has undergone a dramatic transformation in the post-1950 era. After all, the world today has changed greatly in ways that could not have been foreseen; in particular the balance of power in economic, social and political terms has shifted from Europe and the US to ‘Asia’. However, at the start of this writing project we did not understand how these transformations had impacted on the EU–India relationship. When the three authors of this book began to write, we did so from radically different perspectives: one of us was a great EU enthusiast, one of us was a specialist on India and the long-term impact of colonial rule and one of us was too young to belong to any obvious academic camp. Two of us are of European origin and deeply sympathetic to any institutional arrangement that was invented after World War II to keep Europe safe and free of conflict. One of us originates from India where the memory of the bloodshed during the partition (1947) caused her to ask how the Indian subcontinent could perhaps learn from the EU example of ‘integration’. Would such different perspectives hinder or help our research? Could we write a coherent book and how would we handle the different and even conflicting conclusions that might arise from such collaboration?
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