India and Kuwait-The Bond Unbreakable

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

We all are living in a world of different cultures and economic backgrounds. So it’s a must for all countries to have a good bond with each other. Such a bond is shared by India and Kuwait.

India and Kuwait have always shared friendly ties with each other. Kuwait holds a large expatriate Indian population and is the source for 10-12% of India's oil imports while India is among the largest trade partners of Kuwait. Both countries share not only economical bonds but also cultural and traditional bonds.Kuwait has paved ways for Indians to follow their cultural and traditional pathways.

The recent discovery of artifacts such as pottery and jewellery from the Kuwaiti island of Failaka point to commercial and cultural interaction between the two countries dating back several millennia. Prior to the discovery of oil in Kuwait, Indo–Kuwait trade revolved around dates and pedigreed horses, with Kuwaiti sailors making annual trips between the Shatt-al-Arab and the western ports of India to conduct the trade. The horse trade ended in 1945 after World War II, following which trade turned to pearls and teak-wood.

Kuwait has recognized Indians as the least problematic community for overall development of Kuwait.India is also one of the biggest importers of oil from Kuwait. However the trade is heavily shifted in favor of Kuwait. India and Kuwait have signed several agreements relating to scientific and technological cooperation including medical cooperation and in the areas of culture and education.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 such a country who has a good relationship with every country. In relation to Kuwait, we possess good relations with Kuwait. Many MOU’S and agreements signed between both countries.Apart from it, Many Indian citizen’s reside in Kuwait & many are on work permit. This shows Kuwait understands India’s manforce. Kuwait exporting oils to India & standing 3rd in place. In the past, Kuwait raised its hand of support to India in the war between Indo-china. India also raised its hand of support when Iraq invaded Kuwait. Even Though having good relations with Iraq, India takes the side of truth and supports kuwait. Seeing all this we can say both countries will have good relations for the next 250 years.






Athulya Gopalakrishnan, Class-8, United International Indian School



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Athulya Gopalakrishnan, Class-8, United International Indian School
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