Since past 1 year read here many abusive post about india and no one bothered to edit them so since then posting far less here (always found you ethical here i am replying to you)
Sadly it is easier to be hostile than to take the time to understand the actions of others, and so a few moves can be misread, or read correctly but misinterpreted.
US propaganda is strong, and they are very clever to manipulate situations to their advantage... remember only a few years ago there was a lot of talk of the US taking over Russias position of being to dominant trade partner to India... not for any moral or ethical reasons, but simple money... 1.2 billion potential drinkers of sugary poisons and people to both make and also wear blue jeans... I knew most of my life that India was a jewel... the UK called it such but mishandled things and pushed India away so when looking for allies they could trust they of course looked to enemies of the UK or alternatives to the UK which of course were France and the Soviet Union and then Russia. I find it ironic that former British colony America now wants to be friends to former British colony India.
When America leaves Afghanistan they wont actually leave... there is money to be made... the place being wild and unruly means there are a lot of minerals that have been stripped from other more peaceful areas that they want and the huge tectonic processes in the region probably make them more accessible (ie don't have to dig so much), so they are going to need good relations with Pakistan no matter what, but 1.2 billion customers is just too exciting an opportunity for them.
And it is a great opportunity... most of Chinas development and wealth come from western investment from the time when the Soviets and Russians were seen as the enemy, but then the 1990s hit and it was just a cheap place to get stuff made because there were no labour laws and you just bribe a few officials and you can ignore any concept of morality regarding toxic waste or unsafe working conditions... the west has been doing this for a century... for a while it was Japan making cheap shit, but most countries in Asia had a go and had factories built and developed their economies... this current trade war will be interesting if the US turns and tries to make India and Russia counters to a growing China... they don't see Russia as an economic threat, and they certainly don't see India that way either... and some might argue that India should go along with the US until they get to where China is now and then they can turn back and become independent and economically powerful.
I am no economist, but being number one economy in this current toxic environment would just make you target number one for the US... binding your economy growth to the US or the west also creates the risk that if it fails then you could get hurt too... I rather suspect Indias future should be directed to BRICS where they wont grow as fast but it will be much safer growth without bubbles and a fragility to collapse in other places.
China made money and developed with western investment but make no mistake China made the bare minimum profit, with most of it going to big powerful western companies that dominate global business... fortunately for China they also have some businesses that have become bigger and competitive globally, and I really don't think being part of a trade war trying to keep China in check is the best solution for India... I can see why the US wants it... it would certainly benefit from BRICS failing as an alternative to the current system where they basically do as they please but everyone else has to follow the rules.
Half the problem is culture, in the west there is the recommended retail price... that is the label on the product in the shop and if it is not on special then that is the price you pay. Obviously in much of the rest of the world your profit margin is not so rigid and you can basically sell it for as much as you are prepared to sell it for or you keep it. Western people don't understand that and think Indian customers who try to negotiate a lower price are just being cheap, but any retailer knows there is a large mark up on most of what they sell and that there is often flexibility in what you sell things for. Ironically it is traditional in the west to give discounts for large purchases, so rich people who buy in bulk tend to save more than poorer people who need to save up and buy one item at a time... how anti poor is that?
If you buy a new camera for instance they will call it upselling, but you can often get other things with the camera cheaply... I wanted a spotting scope to use when target shooting but most were over $1,000, but I was in a camera shop one time and they had a tiny video camera that was about the size of the tapes for my first video camera from the 1980s... it had a x78 optical zoom so you could zoom right in without losing quality and getting all pixellated. It wasn't HD but was good enough to use for shooting... I could set it up on the table next to me with the screen flipped out and glance at my shots... I could even record them if I wanted to.
The Camera was $300, and for an extra $50 he gave me a 16GB memory card (it used SD memory cards up to 2GB), and a tripod which was critical for things like zooming in to 250X and taking photos of the moon where the entire field of view in the picture was moon surface...
China too is a major economic partner but can never be a friend and always undermined indian interests and supported rogue behaviour of pakistan towards india openly and blatantly the change in indian govt since 2014 has brought in many new avenues n foreign policy of india but relationship with Russia has not been affected rather now being taken from defence fields to economic field too which must come for our defence limbo to expand to other newer economic avenues to increase trade
Sometimes you have to let things go. China was used by the US to counter the Soviet Union... Instead of cooperating together against their obvious enemy they let a few differences and disagreements keep them apart. I am not suggesting marriage or best friends, but I think if you just start out doing something the US never does... treat China and Russia and other countries with respect and accept there are areas where there wont be agreement then you can openly trade and cooperate in areas where your interests overlap. Russia talks to India about sales to Pakistan before it makes them... it is not like they get veto rights or anything but as a courtesy they talk to India about purchases. Russia offers China Su-35s and S-400s and offers India Su-57s and probably more complete S-400 systems... the material offered to India is often a generation better than that offered to anyone else, but having said that India is free to buy from whom they like and Russia is ultimately free to sell to who it likes too... but they are not offering leases on Gepards to China or Pakistan you will notice.
It is easy to say the relationship is over because they did this or that, but I suspect there are a lot of things Russia makes that India would benefit from... assault rifles was one which they have dealt with but I suspect some of these future soldier sets might be useful for India too... I would love a Ratnik 2 set myself, though they probably don't cater to my shape... over 120kgs... of course I am in shape... round is a shape...
I was interested to see comments about Indian investment in the Russian far east... and energy... that is a great step forward and will benefit both countries... BRICS countries should be investing in each other and keeping the profits themselves instead of sending all those profits to the west... in fact perhaps they should expand an add Iran... BRI2CS...