Cameron in India
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Cameron in India


British Prime Minister David Cameron is in India for a two-day trip to Bangalore, the country's major IT hub, and New Delhi.

On Wednesday, Cameron was present during a landmark signing agreement between BAE Systems, Rolls Royce and Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. to supply India with 57 Hawk trainer jets. The deal is worth a whopping $1.1 billion.

The agreement indicates Cameron's focus of deepening strategic and economic ties with India rather than just talking politics. Doing so is one of the tips the British media appear to have been giving Cameron in the run up to his trip.

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In fact, Financial Times political correspondent Alex Barker cautioned Cameron against five ‘elephant traps’ British politicians have been prone to getting caught in while in India in his blog on Tuesday.

Essentially, Barker suggests Cameron avoid the Kashmir issue, laud the ‘new India’ try not to get too preachy about poverty. A fun read, the blog clearly indicates that an India visit isn't one that any politician can afford not to be a success.

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