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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...

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Titans meet, world notices

Titans meet, world notices

WHEN US President Obama came on a three day visit to India, an unusual spectacle was seen at Delhi airport. There was Modi, the prime minister of India waiting anxiously at the foot of Air Force One to welcome Obama and his wife Michelle. Modi himself was wearing a bright orange and beige...

Presidential echoes

WONDER if when Mr. Barack Obama took time out from official engagements he perused the Republic Day message from President Pranab Mukherjee -- there is an uncanny commonality with the undertones of his farewell speech at the Siri Fort “town hall.” The festivity that bridged the physical distance between the White House and Raisina Hill was a veneration of the Indian Constitution -- hence both presidents were morally bound to exhort the upholding of its sacred tenets, many of...

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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...

America Pivots South, to India

Could Bangladesh be next?

BANGLADESH might not yet be on his agenda, but a much anticipated return visit to India earlier this week by US President Barack Obama could well signify that South Asia is, like Southeast Asia, finally getting some well-deserved US attention as part of the so-called American rebalance -- or what was once known as the “pivot” -- to Asia. That's a welcome change as America and America's policymakers wake up to the obvious, namely that there is more to...

Modi-Obama bonhomie in Delhi

Modi-Obama bonhomie in Delhi

President Barack Obama was in Delhi between 27 and 27 January. He was the first US President to be the Chief Guest at India's Republic Day parade. Obama is also the first US President to visit India twice while in office. Republic Day parade is a colourful pageant held in Delhi from the...

Obama's visit aimed at containing China: Report

As US President Barack Obama arrived in India for an unprecedented second visit, a wary Beijing kept a close watch on its outcome amid commentaries by official think tanks here that the trip is aimed at containing China but New Delhi will not fall for it.   Obama's arrival was a breaking news on state-run CCTV which showed live feed of him being received by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the airport with questions on how it is going to impact...

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...

Obama's India visit aimed at containing China: Report

Obama's India visit aimed at containing China: Report

As US President Barack Obama arrived in India for an unprecedented second visit, a wary Beijing kept a close watch on its outcome amid commentaries by official think tanks here that the trip is aimed at containing China but New Delhi will not fall for it, reports The Times of India quoting PTI. Obama's...

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