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“On the changing Indo-US relationship”
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“On the changing Indo-US relationship”

Mitrajit BiswasRecent diplomatic animosity in the Indo-US relationship will mitigate due to mutual interest in economic, military, educational, and social exchange, especially as India drives for a permanent seat at the UN security council, writes Mitrajit Biswas, 24, a Correspondent from India.

Whenever we are talking about the context of Indo-US relationship, it has been always a roller coaster ride. It has been forged from the deeper context of suspicions since the times of the Cold War when Ms. Indira Gandhi, our then Prime Minister, was getting closer to the then-USSR.

However after the relations of India-US seemed to be heading south, it all changed as the Cold War came to an end. The emergence of a new millennium suddenly made the American foreign policy strategists think about the importance of India as the greater ally in Asia for the time to come. With the marked rise of China and its Communist regime, the United States has slowly but steadily increased its friendship with the Indians.

This relationship though has always been put under several challenges. The very beginning of the relationship has started with mutual suspicion. It was only with the constant help and interchange of leaders between these two nations that today the relationship has come to a greater amicability.

There have been irritants in the relationship that have although they have not affected the journey forward, they have definitely stalled it in certain context. They include the stand on the nuclear non-proliferation treaty, with India being a non-signatory in this US-dominated treaty.

Things have become murkier in the relationship with the sudden emergence of the sensitive issue of visa problems and the maltreatment meted out to Ms. Devyani Khobragade. She was arrested and strip searched in relation to an alleged visa fraud case involving her domestic help, all apparently according to procedure as stated by the United States authorities. Things have been certainly not been well accepted here in India, as it has reacted sharply.

However, honestly speaking, this one off incident will not put the relationship under serious pressure, though it will be under the scanner for at least a bit. It is well known that the United States and India have a greater mutual interest. It is to roll with the economic, military and educational, and social exchange as the countries seem to take on containing a common foe in the form of China. With Japan joining, this anti-China axis is set to be complete as many experts claim.

So as the time moves ahead, let’s wait and watch how this Indo-US relationship grows, especially as India clammers to get a permanent seat at the UN Security Council with Japan, Germany and Brazil in the fray.

photo credit: Tricia Wang 王圣捷 via photopin cc

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About me: I am passionate about travel and sports, and my ambition is to travel the world and enlighten my deepest senses through the experiences that I gain. My interests are in writing and academic research. Presently I am a research analyst for a telemedicine company and studying for an advanced masters degree.  

I aspire to work on an entrepreneurial venture that will connect service providers with the ones who need the service. I envision a networked society and better functionality that provides employment generation in the social context.

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