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13 Countries That Love and Support India

13 Countries That Love and Support India

Ah, India… The land of wonders, don’t you think so? Well, if you’ve ever been to this country
or maybe you’re only thinking about visiting it, then you’re bound to fall in love with
it. On a larger scale (that is, when we’re talking
about whole nations, not just tourists), there’s a lot of love for India as well. So which countries share affection with the
land of spices? Well, there’s… 1. Afghanistan
Relations between India and Afghanistan have been friendly for decades. India was among the first to recognize the
republic in the 1980s, and since then, they’ve been really close, giving each other a helping
hand when needed. Afghanistan actually knows that it can always
rely on India as a partner and perhaps even a mentor because it was its greatest helper
in troublesome times. In peaceful times, India hasn’t neglected
its partner either, building schools and roads, sponsoring scholarships, and providing other
aid. In 2007 and 2008, the government of Afghanistan
even called India the country’s “most cherished partner,” and a “brother country”
to their own. If that’s not true affection, then I don’t
know what is! 2. Myanmar
Sharing a 1,020 mile long border, India and Myanmar (or, as it was formerly called, Burma)
have strong historical bonds, so naturally they can’t but have at least some kind of
relationship. “Some kind” isn’t enough to describe
these two nations, though, because they have a really warm friendship between them. Despite the troubles Myanmar had to endure
in the 20th century, India has always been there for its neighbor, forever supporting
and inspiring them. And since 1993, the relations between the
countries have been steadily improving. Today, India is the largest buyer of Burmese
goods, and they’ve even built a huge three-sided highway connecting India, Myanmar, and Thailand. Hey, friendship-supporting infrastructure
– that’s pretty awesome! 3. Maldives
What comes to your mind when you think of Maldives? Beautiful blue waters, cozy little bungalows,
warm tropical sun… Ah, yes, a true island paradise. Well, this country also happens to be located
in the Indian Ocean, and it has a very special relationship with India. To start with, India was the first to recognize
the independence of Maldives in 1966 when it broke off from Great Britain. I guess getting some recognition is a good
start if you want to become friends with someone! And the two nations did become close partners:
for more than 50 years, they’ve been cooperating on issues both big and small. What’s more, India even takes part in ensuring
the security of Maldives. Well, how neighborly of them! 4. Sri Lanka
India is Sri Lanka’s one and only neighbor, separated from it by the Palk Strait. This and many other factors made it obvious
that the two countries should work together to achieve great things. And they sure did! Despite the numerous problems and tension
they had between them before, India and Sri Lanka’s relations have improved a lot in
recent decades. For example, after a 2004 earthquake in Sri
Lanka, India was the fastest to react and help its neighbor. I think this says enough about how much they
care, and I’m sure the future is only bright for these two neighboring nations! 5. Australia
Given that both India and Australia belong to the Commonwealth of Nations, it isn’t
at all strange that they have a lot in common. They both once belonged to the British Empire,
so there are lots and lots of cultural links between the countries. In particular, cricket and field hockey are
two sporting passions they share that came from the time of colonization. In fact, cricket is so popular in both India
and Australia that the national teams often tour each other’s countries. And probably the best thing about it is that
the most talented young Indian cricket players get scholarships to train at the Australian
Cricket Academy. Looks like friendships can open a lot of great
opportunities! 6. Japan
History proves that nothing could lessen the warmth between Japan and India. I mean, Japan actually imposed sanctions on
India at one point in the late 90s, but even this didn’t weaken the bonds connecting
the two. They really are a great example of strong
cooperation and partnership, with Japanese corporate giants like Sony and Suzuki building
their manufacturing facilities in India. But perhaps the most important gesture of
good will was made in 2008. The two countries signed an agreement, according
to which India received a loan of $4.5 billion to build a high-speed railway connecting Delhi
and Mumbai. Of course, the loan was to be returned (who
would even think of giving away such a sum?), but the interest on it was really low. Hey, special conditions for your pals, right? 7. Singapore
With its position as a hugely important trading post, Singapore was rather vulnerable when
it gained independence in 1965. All kinds of countries wanted it to become
part of them, but only India offered a helping hand and an alliance, not a merger. Since then, Singapore and India have maintained
a warm relationship. In fact, Singapore has become one of the largest
trade partners to India, and they both enjoy mutual import and export of each other’s
goods. 8. Thailand
Like I said earlier, India has built a three-sided highway connecting it with Myanmar and Thailand. This is thanks to an interesting fact: since
1991, India has employed the Look East policy, which means that it’s been trying hard to
achieve good relations with the countries of Southeast Asia. At the same time, Thailand employed its Look
West policy, which was basically the same as the Indian effort but in the opposite direction. So naturally, the countries met halfway, strengthening
their bonds with all kinds of agreements. Historically, though, these two nations also
have a lot in common. India had a huge influence on Thailand’s
culture, and some of its ethics are even taught in Thai schools. You know, that’s a really cool level of
trust! 9. South Korea
Relations between India and South Korea actually began as far back as 2,000 years! It’s believed that Princess Heo, a legendary
queen of Korea, came from a distant land to marry King Suro, and that land was most probably
India. Anyway, a lot of things happened since then,
and today, the Indian-Korean friendship is at its highest. Any South Korean citizen can travel to India
without a visa and receive it upon arrival to the country. As for trade, in the last few decades, it’s
been growing at an astounding pace, proving that the two nations are quite serious about
their mutual agreements. 10. Jamaica
Jamaica is another country on my list that’s had many ties to India since the times of
the British Empire. Like Australia, Jamaica belongs to the Commonwealth
of Nations, and (some would say most importantly) they like cricket! How can they not be close with such similarities? Anyway, India buys almost everything that
Jamaica exports, and that alone is reason enough for their relationship to be cordial. They support each other whenever they can,
and that’s an example of real friendship between nations. 11. France
Surprised? Well, you actually shouldn’t be, since Indian
relations with European countries are also rather warm, and this especially concerns
France. For centuries, the two nations have kept strong
cultural and trading ties, and since 1998, they’ve also become strategic partners. France is, in fact, one of the few countries
that seem to support India in all its endeavors. Both countries have a particular day dedicated
to each other, and they describe their partnership as a “special relationship,” which means
a lot in the diplomatic language. 12. The UK
Of course, I’ve gotta mention the UK here. The two countries’ strong ties are the result
of British colonization, which ended in 1947 but still left a significant trace. The number of British-Indian citizens is steadily
growing: today, there are about 2 million Indian people living permanently in the UK. The two countries are really close and respectful
towards each other. They’ve not forgotten their past, but they
have shown that cooperation and partnership can overrule anything. In 2010, the UK’s Prime Minister at the
time said that India and the United Kingdom have a “new special relationship.” Ah, there’s that diplomatic language again! 13. Iran
India and Iran have a history of disagreements in many areas, but their current relations
are pretty much cordial and warm. A public poll conducted in 2005 showed that
71% of Iranians viewed India positively, which is definitely the overwhelming majority! On a larger scale, the two nations have been
close partners in trade, strategy, and energy relations. And that’s despite all of their differences
in views on the global arena. I guess they really are like friends: disagreeing
on some terms but still sticking together! What are some of the nations your country
is friends with? Sound off in the comments below! Don’t forget to give this video a “like,”
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100 comments on “13 Countries That Love and Support India

  1. dear BRIGHT SIDE it hearts when you show wrong map every time in your video though your videos are always inspiring but you need to take care of Indian people'S emotions regarding our country. please make sure to show full map of India with full map of Jammu and Kashmir. i hope you will take care next time .

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  3. You forget Russia and Israel
    If some ask me at the time of war which county will come to support india
    I will say russia and Israel in past russia and Israel helped india

  4. I'm proud of my country I am an Indian๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

  5. I am an Indian and I am delighted to know that My Nation has maintained warm relations with so many countries. Well, I thought the USA, Israel and Russia were ought to be in the list.However, this video was one of my most favourite videos ever made by Bright Side.

  6. Bangladesh is the biggest neighbor of India, even the government of our country will sell gas to India by stopping gas base factories in Bangladesh .

  7. Thank you so much for this video but you forget Israle and correct the map in Indo – Myanmar border Love this video from INDIA ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ

  8. Wow india is so nice to their neighbors. I wish vietnam was their neighbor. Unfortunately, china is our neighbor. They like to fight us throughout ancient times and even now they are fighting us in south china sea which the islands donโ€™t belong to them!

  9. Never think Australia will like friend ship with India Australia rejected 10000 visa of India because they we were going to there country 2 years before

  10. I was born in 2008 and in my beloved India! And really itโ€™s true I am Indian and itโ€™s a great place. Really check it out (my advice). I liked my self because India my my beloved country and will always be.

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  12. I usually donโ€™t comment but since you missed Israel and Russia I had to step in. India is the closest to these countries than all the countries listed.

  13. Love indo-russian relationship ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ love from India๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณโคโค๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ

  14. There are some omissions here. India has very close relations with Bhutan, Nepal, Russia and Israel, much stronger than some countries mentioned here.

  15. You missed Russia and Nepal two great friends of India and they should be kept No.1&2 in your list sir๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

  16. India is friendly even to nations like Pakistan. Indian people love every nation and want peace and economic stability.

  17. I have a lot of Indian friends particularly from Karnataka, and I'm from the Philippines. We became friends as we were clanmates in Clash of Clans.

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