19 March 2010: Prime minister Vladimir Putin's arrival in New Delhi concluded the recent phase of intense engagement between two nations that have orbited closely together ever since Indian independence. A succession of visits to Moscow over many months by Indian officials followed by the prime minister and Indian President culminated in an array of economic and defence agreements when Putin visited India. These will accompany India on the road to national economic and political consolidation in the next two decades. Their importance can hardly be overstated. It ranges from India using Glonass positioning navigation, by-passing the alternative American GPS monopoly, to MIGs, Sukhois, an unprecedented sixteen nuclear reactors and the conclusion of the Gorskhov aircraft-carrier purchase, which periodically agitated some ill-informed Indian journalists.