Tuesday, January 09, 2007

What now for India and the United States?

An addendum to the earlier post about the Ikle dinner:

Attended also an event to celebrate the signing of the US-India nuclear deal, with luminaries present such as departing House member Henry Hyde, Senator Lugar, Nick Burns, India's ambassador Sen, and others.

The US-India deal is a milestone for relations, but I still have concerns. On the US side, there is an assumption that two liberal democracies cannot have any major divergences in their interests; on the Indian side, I don't see that there is a coherent vision about what it means for India to be a great power and what additional responsibilities for maintenance of the global order New Delhi is prepared to shoulder.

A great deal of political capital was expended to get this deal in place--but it is only the beginning, not the end, of a process.

India's new relationship to the US is based on pragmatic considerations, none of this "concert of democracies" stuff Washington types delude themselves with. When the US relationship no longer benefits India, they'll move on.
India will use US the way she (ab)used ENRON's ill-fated power plant.
Saw this opening of a news report which sums it up, Nick:

`India will walk out of N-deal if it undermines its interests`

New Delhi, Jan 10: Noting that it has certain concerns with regard to the recently-enacted US law on civil nuclear cooperation, India on Wednesday made it clear that it will "walk out" of the deal if at any point it seems to undermine its national interest.
American policy makers tend to believe that what serves national interest of America, is good for the rest of the world. This thinking borders on arrogance and is dengerous for the whole worlld, including the Americans themselves. Invasion of Iraq, against world opinion, is the latest example.
It is time Americans take a hard look at themselves.

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