IN a major effort to drum up support for its cause in the US in the aftermath of the nuclear tests, India has hurriedly appointed four major lobbying firms and influential US citizens to argue its case. But, many congressional analysts and Capitol Hill staffers are sceptical about the difference these lobbyists are going to make for New Delhi.
Biggest among the new firms working for India is Verner, Liipfert, Gernhard, McPherson & Hand, where former Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole works as a law partner. The firm has been signed up for six months for $50,000 a month, according to Justice Department papers obtained by Outlook.
A similar deal was signed by the Indian Embassy's deputy chief of mission, T.P. Sreenivasan, with APCO Associates' managing director, Neal M. Cohen. The company will be paid $25,000 a month for six months. The Indian account for APCO will be handled by former Democratic Congressman, Stephen J. Solarz, who has registered as a foreign agent for India.
The over 200-strong Verner,...