Kuwaiti’s Perspective on the India Kuwait Relationship

Posted on 2/19/2019

Kuwait and India had warm and healthy relationships when we look back to pre-historic days. The continuing long present friendly relations between India and Kuwait have been up and down by centuries of commercial ties, cultural compliance and political relations. The nature, magnitude and significance of these two dynamic civilizations on each other have been immense throughout the ages. The Indo- Kuwait historical background of studies will be based on geographical proximity, commercial ties, social-cultural, people migration and political relations.

India and Kuwait enjoy traditionally friendly relations. These are based in history and have stood the test of time. Geographic proximity, historical trade links, cultural affinities and presence of a large number of Indian expatriates continue to sustain and nurture this long standing relationship. India has been a natural trading partner and a destination for higher learning.

Until 1961, the Indian Rupee was the legal tender in Kuwait. High level visits from India to Kuwait have included those by Hon’ble Vice President of India Dr. Zakir Husain in 1965, by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1981 and by Hon’ble Vice President of India Shri M Hamid Ansari in 2009.

India was among the earliest countries to recognize Kuwaiti independence while Kuwait was one of the first countries to extend support to India during the war with China in 1962. During the 1950s and 1960s Bombay was a hub for many Kuwaiti businesses and the emir himself maintained a house there on the Marine Drive. While relations between the countries have traditionally been warm, they were strained in the early 1990s due to India's pro-Iraq stance following Iraq's invasion of Kuwait. India declined an audience to the Kuwaiti ambassador in New Delhi,

High level visits from Kuwait to India have included those by HH the Crown Prince and Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah in November 1964, HH the Amir Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah in 1980 and again in 1983 (for the NAM Summit), and HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah in 2006..

Indians form one of the largest expatriate communities in Kuwait numbering about 10/500 ,000 people. Their presence in white collar jobs have been increasing consistently especially in the electronic, industrial, architectural and engineering sectors. Kuwait's Ministry of Health also employs a significant number of Indian medics and paramedics. Indians have been described by the Emir's special envoy as having acquired a special space in Kuwait as a brilliant and the least problematic expatriate community which works for the overall development of Kuwait .The Kuwaiti economy, before the discovery of oil, depended heavily on maritime activities and trade. Kuwait was a centre for ship-building and pearl diving and fishing were important commercial activities. Until 1961 the Indian Rupee was the legal tender in Kuwait and Indo–Kuwaiti commerce revolved around trade in agricultural goods, textiles and horses. India is however Kuwait's second largest export market and its fifth largest source of imports and has consistently been among the top ten trading partners of Kuwait . Indian public sector companies in the insurance and aviation sectors have offices in Kuwait, while private companies including Larsen & Toubro, Punj Lloyd and Kalpataru have implemented major projects in Kuwait including in its petroleum and power sectors. The Al-Ghanim Group, the KAPICO group, Global Investment House and Kuwait Finance House are the important Kuwaiti companies in India .India has in recent years mooted joint-venture projects between the two countries towards establishing new facilities in the oil and gas sector in both countries, while Kuwait has welcomed Indian companies to bid for projects in Kuwait as it undertakes a massive infrastructure development programme. Kuwait had controlled the main trade route from India to the Mediterranean. Shipbuilding was one of the major industries in Kuwait and Vessels made by Kuwait were used to carry the trade from India to the Red Sea and Mediterranean ports.

Diplomatic relations between the countries began in June 1962 with the appointment of Yacoub Abdulaziz al-Rasheed as the first Kuwaiti Ambassador to India.
Approximately 500 associations exist within the Indian community in Kuwait, representing a variety of regional, professional and cultural interests. Of these, 128 Associations are presently registered with the Embassy. Cultural events are organized regularly by these associations through the year, to which leading Indian artistes are often invited.
His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah received the visiting of Rahul Gandhi s Secretary General of the All India Congress Committee Rahul Gandhi and his accompanying delegation at Bayan Palace on Tuesday, 5th May, in the presence of His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.Following his meeting and discussions with the Amir,Mr. RahulGandhi and his accompanying delegation met with His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah at Al-Sief Palace. The meeting was attended by the Under-Secretary at the Prime Minister’s Diwan, Sheikh Fahad Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah.

According to the Kuwaiti Ministry of Interior, there are approximately 700,000 Indians, who constitute the largest expatriate community in Kuwait. The Indian community is regarded as the community of first preference among the expatriates in Kuwait. Kuwait views India as a fast growing economy and a source of highly qualified professional and technical personnel. A large proportion of the Indian expatriates are unskilled and semi-skilled workers. Professionals like engineers, doctors, chartered accountants, scientists, software experts, management consultants, architects; skilled workers like technicians and nurses; semi-skilled workers; retail traders and businessmen are also present in the Indian community. Of late, there has been an increase in the number of highly qualified Indian experts in hi-tech areas, especially in the software and financial sector in Kuwait. In the field of health, India not only supplies top specialists but also Para-medical staffs who enjoy high reputation.

This is only a brief study but our experience is more.






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Prajin sajeendran
Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Nicely written????

Santhosh
Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Really good information about Kuwait India relationship.I learned some information from this article.I thank you for your grear efferrt....keep it up....

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