Tuesday, January 09, 2007
What now for India and the United States?
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 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.
It is time Americans take a hard look at themselves.