Reconnecting Britain and India: Ideas for an Enhanced Partnership seeks to survey the main features of a diverse and complex bilateral relationship. As the shadows of the colonial period fade into history, this book aims to analyse the scope for a new relationship that recognises the role the UK can play in India's quest for international stature. Original essays from more than three dozen thought-leaders from the worlds of academia, business, politics and the arts assess the potential for the two countries to forge an `enhanced partnership', the objective set out by the two prime ministers, Manmohan Singh and David Cameron during the latter's 2010 visit to India.
Jo Johnson is the Member of Parliament for Orpington, UK. He is an elected member of the Public Accounts Committee and Deputy-Chairman of the Indo-UK All Party Parliamentary Group. Prior to his election in May 2010, he worked for 12 years at the Financial Times in a number of roles, including Associate Editor, Editor of the Lex Column, South Asia Bureau Chief and Paris Correspondent. He remains a Contributing Editor at the FT. A graduate of Balliol College, Oxford, he has further degrees from the Institut d'Etudes Europeennes in Brussels and from INSEAD.||Rajiv Kumar is Secretary-General, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), New Delhi. He is the former Director and Chief Executive, ICRIER, one of India's leading economic policy think tanks. He has previously worked with the Government of India, Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). He was also member of the National Security Advisory Board. Dr. Kumar is a D.Phil. in Economics from Oxford University and has several publications to his credit. He is also an active columnist.