A Special Relationship Between Two Democratic Powers (Indo-German Relations)

- by Prof. Brahma Chellaney

A paper on the special relationship that India and Germany have forged.
The recent visit of the German federal chancellor, Dr. Angela Merkel, to New Delhi symbolized the close bonds between Germany and India. The German-Indian relationship has been built on common democratic principles and respect for the rule of law, human rights and fundamental freedoms, and multilateral cooperation, based on the principles of the UN Charter, including equality, sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries. The relationship is marked by close cooperation, deep trust and mutual respect for each other’s aspirations and goals. At a time of global geopolitical flux, Germany and India are among the important countries that have taken up the baton to champion freedom, international norms and rules, inclusivity, and free and fair trade.