INDIA-RUSSIA RELATIONS IN A POST-COVID WORLD
Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Diplomatist|April 2021
Covid-19 in 2021 – A Brief Look
JAY MANIYAR

The novel Coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, or simply COVID-’19 (COVID19, COVID) has made a surprising comeback in the wake of a wounded world having achieved certain success rates in regard to the proliferation of vaccines (and vaccination programs). It was believed, despite the necessary warnings in place, that COVID will subside after a rampant first wave which cost hundreds of thousands of lives and shattered the Gross Domestic Products (GDP) of especially prominent countries such as the United States of America, Japan, the United Kingdom, France, Australia, Russia, and India. That, however, hasn’t turned out to be the case with COVID19 as strong as ever and countries as hacked they have ever been by a pandemic. Well into 2021, the pandemic continues to run amok across the entire world.

The Article briefly assesses India-Russia relations with reference to the COVID19 pandemic, and also briefly ponders upon a post-COVID world that should be led by India and Russia. This leadership will accomplish greatness as is evident from their contributions to the world in responding to the impact of the pandemic (so far).

Contemporary India-Russia Relations

India and Russia are two countries with a largely trouble-free impression of each other in the everyday business of the international community. They are two of the largest countries in the world in terms of land area, Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the sizes and prowess of their respective armed forces, and many other such parameters that determine a promising nation-state’s importance. It is worth noting that both countries are, well into the twenty-first century, still seen as rising powers with any and all potential barely having seen the light of the day. The COVID19 pandemic has all but called for a restart of sorts. India’s allocation of stimulus money to COVID aid has practically ensured that its GDP is swallowed by its external debt (as per reports1, with a 90% public debt ratio, allocations of over 20% and 10% of the GDP to COVID relief must have surely driven the economy into the negative). That said, the economies of India and Russia have displayed immense potential in regard to a comeback.

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