India is signing the Artemis Accords (an American-led effort to return humans to the moon by 2025, with the ultimate goal of expanding space exploration to Mars and beyond. ) In addition, NASA and ISRO have agreed to a joint mission to the International Space Station in the year 2024 .
India has officially joined the Artemis Accords, a non-binding set of principles designed to guide civil space exploration based on the 1967 Outer Space Treaty. NASA and ISRO are working on a human spaceflight cooperation framework, with a joint space mission to the International Space Station...economictimes.indiatimes.com
It was inevitable I'd say.
There was no place for India in the Russo-Chinese cooperative ventures. We were certainly not going to share a stage with our enemies in space especially at a time like this when we're dealing with policy decisions regarding increasingly strategic uses of space (setting up bases, resource-extraction etc.). On the other hand, there is simply not enough domestic wherewithal or investment capacity to pursue resource-extraction & interplanetary colonization independently.
So Artemis it is. IMO, a wise decision.
To be noted, we'd be one of only about half a dozen countries in the Accords who have independent space access. And in next few years, one of only 2 with independent human spaceflight capability. That means we'll be negotiating with a hard hand to get sizeable workshare contracts in a lot of future space infrastructure development (lunar & mars-orbiting space stations, terrestrial bases, cargo missions etc.)
A nice boost for the local Private industry as well.
All in all, a great development!