05 August, 2021

America, The Amicable

Clinton began the courtship, Bush took it forward. Now, to firm up the ties.

America, The Amicable
The US-India civilian nuclear deal—probably the single most important agreement ever signed between the two countries—is in serious political trouble. Amid stiff opposition from the Left parties, India may be moving toward rejecting the pact. For close observers of the Indian scene, this doesn't come as a complete surprise.

Disagreements and strongly held views on nuclear issues in both New Delhi and Washington have dominated our relations for more than a quarter of a century. It will take time and patience to sort these out and to bring along the domestic constituencies needed to sustain a more constructive nuclear relationship between the US and India.

It's also important to recognise that the nuclear agreement is an important part—but not the sum total—of the much improved and expanding broad-based relationship between our two countries. The overwhelming bipartisan congressional support for the nuclear legislation that President George Bush signed last December reflects the consensus of American foreign policy strategists...

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