1991-2004 History of India

India since 2004

Foreign Policy : Since 2004, India and Pakistan are involved in a Detente Policy. In 2004, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and the Maldives formed SAFTA, with the aim of establishing the South Asian Free Trade Area by 2012.

Domestic Policy : In the 2004 elections, the Congress Party lead by Sonia Gandhi, widow of Rajiv Gandhi, gained a surprising victory. Sonia Gandhi refused to take on the position of PM herself; the ofice was taken by Manmohan Singh, the man credited with the creation of India's economic miracle.

Economic Policy : Under PM Manmohan Singh (Congress Party), the Republic of India continues in her commitment to a free market policy. India experiences high economic growth figures; as many Indians are fluent in English, the country's economy benefits from outsourcing. India's economy requires a rising demand of raw materials, which, in combination with that of China and other emerging industrial economies, drives up prices for these commodities.

Biography of Manmohan Singh, from Wikipedia
Article Republic of India, History of India : Independent India, Naxalite, from Wikipedia
Political Sources on the Net : India
Global History of Currencies : India, by Bryan Taylor
Article SAFTA, from Wikipedia
Article Economy of India, from Wikipedia
Article Sonia Gandhi, from Wikipedia
DOCUMENTS Documents for the history of India, from World History Archives
Historical Population Statistics : India, from Population Statistics, Univ. Utrecht
World Statesmen : India, by Ben Cahoon
REFERENCE Article : India, in : The Statesman's Year-Book 2005 pp.811-894, 2006 pp.808-890 [G]

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First posted on May 23rd 2002, last revised on May 11th 2007

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