June 6, 2016

A Crash Course in India-US Ties as Modi Prepares for Washington

The following article was published in The Quint on June 6, 2016. An excerpt is included below, and the full text can be accessed here.

India-US summits are often viewed as isolated events. Media and public expectations often focus on what specific deliverables – if any – will result from meetings between the two countries’ leaders. But only a few significant breakthroughs should be expected when Narendra Modi travels to the United States for the fourth time as India’s prime minister. Rather, he will attempt to consolidate the India-US relationship, and see it through a period of political transition in the United States for the first time in eight years.

The fact is that India and the United States have come a long way since 2008, the year that Barack Obama was elected US President. Earlier that same year, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh took the unusual step of putting the future of his government on the line over a matter of foreign policy – specifically, a civilian nuclear agreement with the United States. Dr Singh barely survived a vote of no confidence in the Lok Sabha. History might have proceeded very differently had he failed. [Read more.]