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Looking Back at the Indo–Soviet Treaty

Looking Back at the Indo–Soviet Treaty

The Indo–Soviet Treaty of Peace, Friendship and Cooperation was signed in August 1971, 50 years ago. Significance of the treaty in its own time is explained along with the contemporary relevance of its underlying motives for a vision of a plural, multipolar world.

United States (US) President Richard M Nixon famously described his breakthrough visit to China in 1972 as “the week that changed the world.” Overshadowed by that event which ended a decades-long stand-off between Washington and Beijing was another seminal geopolitical development in the previous year. Moscow and Delhi, in the midst of an explosive crisis in the subcontinent, blindsided the world as they announced a strategic partnership that would alter the course of the India–Pakistan war and influence the geopolitics of Asia until the end of the cold war.

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Updated On : 23rd Aug, 2021

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