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Should China worry about India-US rapprochement?

THE historic visit to India by United States President Barack Obama has opened up a new vista of diplomatic relations and cooperation between India and the US. The signing of the “India-US Civil Nuclear Cooperation” agreement no doubt symbolises the new level of mutual trust and confidence between the two largest democracies in the world. President Obama's executive power to roll back the condition that US authorities be allowed to monitor use of nuclear material purchased by India even...

Why Modi was unhappy with Sujatha

Why Modi was unhappy with Sujatha

Over the past six months, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is learnt to have been repeatedly unhappy with the MEA and particularly with former foreign secretary Sujatha Singh's leadership, which failed to keep pace with his bigger interests, reports The Times of India. Where Sujatha Singh and the PMO diverged was her inability —...

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Tilt towards America

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi must be regretting that he invited President Barack Obama for the Republic Day. The latter made no secret of demolishing the Bhartiya Janata Party's 'ghar wapsi' slogan and the other programmes related to Hindutva ideology. He reminded India of its commitment to religious freedom, consecrated in the constitution. A more charitable explanation can be that Modi wanted his Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) to know what the democratic world thought about its new zeal for a Hindu...

Sujatha sacked, Jaishankar new Indian foreign secy

Sujatha sacked, Jaishankar new Indian foreign secy

In a major shakeup in the India's foreign ministry last night, Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh was removed from her post six months ahead of her term’s end. An official statement said the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet approved the "curtailment" Sujatha Singh’s term as foreign secretary with "immediate effect". India’s ambassador to the United States...

SRK 'proud' to be in Obama's speech, promises Chaiyya Chaiyya on next visit

SRK 'proud' to be in Obama's speech, promises Chaiyya Chaiyya on next visit

Actor Shah Rukh Khan is 'proud' to have been mentioned in US President Barack Obama's speech in New Delhi on January 27, and has promised to do the Chaiyya Chaiyya dance with POTUS 'next time.' Proud 2 b part of the gender & religion equality speech of Pres. Obama. Sad he couldn't do...

Obama addresses town hall meeting

Obama addresses town hall meeting

US President Barack Obama has addressed a town hall-style meeting with young people in Delhi on the final day of his visit to India. The US can become India's "best partner", Obama told the gathering of university students and activists. Speaking at a joint business forum in Delhi on Monday,  Obama said there was "much...

Obama ends day of Indian pageantry with $4 billion pledge

Obama ends day of Indian pageantry with $4 billion pledge

US President Barack Obama ended a landmark day in India on Monday with a pledge of $4 billion in investments and loans, seeking to release what he called the "untapped potential" of a business and strategic partnership between the world's largest democracies. Earlier in the day, at the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi,...

Modi warmly receives Obama

Modi warmly receives Obama

In a fresh bid to make India an enduring strategic partner, US President Barack Obama landed in New Delhi on Sunday for a highly symbolic visit and to nurture friendship with a prime minister who a year ago was persona non grata in Washington. Obama will be the first US president to attend India's Republic Day parade, a show of military might long associated with the anti-Americanism of the Cold War, and will host a radio show with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. His presence at Monday's procession at Modi's personal invitation is the latest revival in a roller-coaster relationship between the two largest democracies that just a year ago was in...

Obama declares nuclear 'breakthrough'

Obama declares nuclear 'breakthrough'

In a glow of bonhomie, US President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a breakthrough on nuclear trade on Sunday, a step that both sides hope will help establish an enduring strategic partnership. Obama said the two countries had made progress on two issues holding up commercial civil nuclear cooperation, one...

Modi breaks protocol for Obama

Modi breaks protocol for Obama

US President Barack Obama landed in New Delhi on Sunday for the start of a three-day visit to India, receiving a hug from Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he disembarked from Air Force One, reports NDTV. In a departure from protocol, Modi drove to the airport to greet the President and his wife, Michelle. POTUS, who landed in the overcast capital at around 9:40am (0410 GMT), was accorded a red-carpet welcome. He then used his armored limousine, the Beast, to drive to the five-star ITC Maurya hotel, before heading to Rashtrapati Bhawan for a reception.  The Beast had the Indian and US flags fluttering on its bonnet.   The two leaders are due...

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