U.S.-India Relations

On April 29th I attended the event of U.S-India Relations in D.C that greatly covered the current and ongoing diplomatic relation of India and U.S. for the past 2 decades. The speakers were many but the two prominent were James Jay Carafano, Ph.D Derek Scissors, Ph.D and Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan Ph.D. The much heralded partnership between New Delhi and Washington has not lift up to its promise that was made during the Bush Administration and Bill Clinton’s visit to India in 2000. The Observer Research Foundation in New Delhi and The Heritage Foundation in Washington D.C. is keen to understand this paradox and find ways to rekindle the strategic enthusiasm that has plateaued between the two democracies for the past several years. The event covered heavy sectors such as economy, regional security in East and Southwest Asia, counterterrorism, defense and non-proliferation. The progressive relationship between both countries for the past two decades is not denied, specially throughout and after the Cold War, it was in the first decade after the Cold War that the tension raised over nuclear nonproliferation. The U.S. role in India-Pakistan relation over the dispute of Jammu Kashmir and the undeniable fact that U.S. allied Pakistan over India in against of the use of 1998 nuclear tests that caused a major confrontational footing between U.S. and India which made New Delhi the target of international nonproliferation regime. Despite their high profile disputes, he engagement between the political leaders is inviting a stronger foundation for partnership. The bilateral engagement between them now is truly impressive for the economic system which is the major sector that can help build the U.S. economy and make India an economic dynamite in the coming future. Although the current political situation is not as it was expected to be between these large democracies, and to comprehend sources of frustration like strategic culture, the differences in bureaucracies of both countries and policy missteps in New Delhi and Washington is necessary for sorting out the road map for the future of both states. What I found impressive and something new to my knowledge was that the trade and investment relationship between both countries, India has imported nearly $10 billion worth in the past few years in major defense equipment and India’s armed forces exercise more with U.S. military system more than any other military in the world. I didn’t have any idea about this fact.

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