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Which countries can be said as natural allies of india? what is natural ally actually?

I read that natural allies are those which share some common interests and came to know about US and Israel.Can any other countries be said natural allies of india like russia ,japan etc.If yes,which are these countries.
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  • First and foremost natural ally of India is Russia( Former Soviet Union). India may have some bitter relation with the entire world, but Russia is her true friend. From the times of Nikita Khrushchev - Jawahrlal Nehru, Leonid Brezhnev - Indira Gandhi, Michail Gorbachev - Rajiv Gandhi to Vladimir Putin - Vajpayee ji and now Mr . Modi, Russia has been a steadfast and unswerving friend of India.

    Mera joota hai Japani , Ye patloon Englistaani , Sir pe laaal topi Roosi . Raj Kapoor and various bollywood actors and movies are very popular in Russia.


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  • I feel Nepal and Bhutan are our natural allies.Basically those countries within our sphere of influence.But don't u worry child 2059 tak all of them will be part of greater bharat B-)
    History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.
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  • I feel Nepal and Bhutan are our natural allies.Basically those countries within our sphere of influence.But don't u worry child 2059 tak all of them will be part of greater bharat B-)
    Why 2059 in specific ? :-?
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  • There are neither friends nor foes; only interests.
    It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
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  • I feel Nepal and Bhutan are our natural allies.Basically those countries within our sphere of influence.But don't u worry child 2059 tak all of them will be part of greater bharat B-)


    Why 2059 in specific ? :-?
    Your Indian nostradamus prophesizes so ;-)
    History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.
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  • edited September 2014
    I feel Nepal and Bhutan are our natural allies.Basically those countries within our sphere of influence.But don't u worry child 2059 tak all of them will be part of greater bharat B-)
    Irredentist ideologies are not funny. :| At least India has no such plans. Though a European Union like situation would not be unwelcome - a South-Asian union, perhaps; perhaps Iran to Indonesia - under a cohesive bloc that doesn't impinge upon national identities.
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  • @thestrokes_museic : Indian Nostradamus means......" Bhaaiyo Beheno, main aisa kar doonga , main vaisa kar doonga........".???? are you talking about this person??
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  • @thestrokes_museic : Indian Nostradamus means......" Bhaaiyo Beheno, main aisa kar doonga , main vaisa kar doonga........".???? are you talking about this person??
    obv not'!!
    I feel Nepal and Bhutan are our natural allies.Basically those countries within our sphere of influence.But don't u worry child 2059 tak all of them will be part of greater bharat B-)


    Irredentist ideologies are not funny. :|
    they are nationalistic,aren't they?Unfortunately u and Me are programmed to think in a predefined way when it comes to natural frontiers et all.But what can be done can also be undone ;-)
    History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.
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  • edited September 2014
    @thehulk
    This might be helpful.
    http://www.idsa.in/askanexpert/naturalallyandstrategicpartner
    India and Russia are not natural allies, more like strategic partners.
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  • edited September 2014
    @thehulk When similarities in political, social-cultural beliefs or common goals flock two countries together, they maybe termed "natural allies ". But, the sheer plurality- embracing of multiple cultures and it's celebration of democracy as the largest, sets India apart quite uniquely among the countries in the world.
    Her liberal views are concurrent with the Unites states. The tilt towards (an implicit) socialism draws parallel to the Russian thoughts.India's society/culture have commonalities with most of her neighboring countries.
    These diversities make the choice of India's natural ally, a difficult one.

    Nepal has culturally been more or less a part of India's family. The United states - India relationship is also warming up from 'economic ties' to " strategic partnership ", to being called " natural partners " In the light of National security and Defence cooperation , Indo-Israel relations can also be seen as quite a strategic one.
    Common goals between India and Japan need special mention. The relevance to counter an assertive China & the threat of a uni-polar Asia, ensuring better stability in the region and pitching for reforms in UN - Security Council have brought us closer to Japan.

    However, it is Russia who has always stood by India like a true friend. A fact, acknowledged by the PM in his recent meeting with the Russian President.Having withstood testing times in the last decade of the 20th century,Indo-Russia relationship can be called one of trust, respect and more or less natural.
    Pehle vey aap par dhyan nahi denge, Fir aap par hasenge, Fir aapse ladenge, Aur tab aapki jeet hogi.
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  • Natural allies would include :
    (1 is #1; rest are not in any particular order)

    1. Russia due to historically good ties
    2. Japan and other eastern countries that are being needled by China
    3. Briton (or the parts left post-referendum)
    4. Iran due to historical ties
    5. South Africa and other stable African countries (as they mature)
    6. South American counties (as ties deepen)
    7. Australia - nuclear energy
    8. Canada
    9. USA (as long as it doesn't come in the way of their own interest)
    10. Israel - due to defence procurements
    11. Afghanistan
    12. Nepal and Bhutan
    13. The EU - especially Germany and France
    14. Surprisingly, if they decide to work together for development - China, in non-defence matters
    15. Other smaller states that could be crucial at the UN.
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  • I feel Nepal and Bhutan are our natural allies.Basically those countries within our sphere of influence.But don't u worry child 2059 tak all of them will be part of greater bharat B-)

    Why 2059 in specific ? :-?
    Probably this is the date of his retirement as an IFS officer. :D
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  • Natural allies would include :
    (1 is #1; rest are not in any particular order)

    1. Russia due to historically good ties
    2. Japan and other eastern countries that are being needled by China
    3. Briton (or the parts left post-referendum)
    4. Iran due to historical ties
    5. South Africa and other stable African countries (as they mature)
    6. South American counties (as ties deepen)
    7. Australia - nuclear energy
    8. Canada
    9. USA (as long as it doesn't come in the way of their own interest)
    10. Israel - due to defence procurements
    11. Afghanistan
    12. Nepal and Bhutan
    13. The EU - especially Germany and France
    14. Surprisingly, if they decide to work together for development - China, in non-defence matters
    15. Other smaller states that could be crucial at the UN.
    That's a REALLY long list of natural allies! I don't think it is meant to be as all encompassing as that. Israel is a strategic ally, the EU and US are growing warmer towards us but due to decidedly economic reasons and though we choose not to harp too much on the past, which is a good thing, it would be a slight stretch to call the country that colonised us for 2 centuries and drained our economy a natural ally! I would agree with other South Asia nations, Iran as having old ties with us and thus could be called natural allies. South Africa, I think should be closer to the top because of a shared past of colonialism, a similar struggle to ours and the fact that our independence struggle in a way began there.

    But probably like many other concepts in diplomacy, this too is a convenient and fluid one, so any country can become a 'natural ally' when we need it to!
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  • the Concept of Natural ally having wide scope.there is no unanimous definition of Natural ally.Generally Russia and Japan Supposed to be natural allies of India.but some political commentators also included USA in this list as Natural defence ally.two countries could be natural ally of eachother if they share common Political and Cultural value or they might share common strategic interests.So list could be more......
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  • disappointed that nobody thinks of indo-pak being natural allies :P
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  • Indo-pak are natural enemies...
    Infact
    Indo-bangladesh because of bengali culture
    Indo-srilanka because of buddisht culture (Also Indo-Tibet)
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  • natural ally is situational. Depends when one feels loved by other. But there was a question in some previous years GS paper : Are india and Israel natural allies?Comment.
    back to Square 1
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  • The term natural ally does not connote anything in international relations
    It is a subjective term.People associate it with anything they find similarity with.
    The term used by vajpayee in usa.Hence both countries are bound to be natural allies even if they quarrel.Russia can never become india's natural ally,even if it really was.
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  • The term natural ally does not connote anything in international relations
    It is a subjective term.People associate it with anything they find similarity with.
    The term used by vajpayee in usa.Hence both countries are bound to be natural allies even if they quarrel.Russia can never become india's natural ally,even if it really was.
    The socialist movement is common to both Russia and India. We even added the word 'socialist' to the preamble of our constitution. Hence Russia can't be ruled out.

    @ others above : length of the list is because the definition of 'natural ally' is vague. Any common attribute can be considered.
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  • A natural ally is one who shares a common set of values such as democracy, freedom of speech, Free and fair elections etc apart from this their strategic interests are also same. Since India and US differ on many strategic issues they cant be termed as natural allies however the official rhetoric speaks otherwise. Israel was indias natural ally until 2014 UNCHRC vote. Australia could be one as well.
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