Foreign policy analyst C. Raja Mohan on President Obama’s visit to India. In the Indian Express:
Invoking and celebrating the idea of India, US President Barack Obama this evening underlined how the shared values between the two countries could — and should — forge an enduring partnership in the 21st Century. Wrapping up his three-day visit with an address to both Houses of Parliament, Obama directly addressed India’s aspirations for a seat at the global high table and its deep concerns about cross-border terrorism.
He said he “looks forward” to Delhi’s permanent membership of a “reformed” United Nations Security Council and declared that terror networks on Pakistani soil are “unacceptable”.
While his assurance on the UNSC can’t be translated into reality any time soon, his promise to press the “Pakistan leadership to bring Mumbai attackers to justice,” is of more immediate consequence for India.
If Bill Clinton moved the United States towards neutrality in Indo-Pak disputes and George W. Bush removed the perennial hyphen between Delhi and Islamabad, Obama, the third US President to visit India in a decade, may have opened the door for Indo-US cooperation on regional security. More:
‘I might not be standing before you today had it not been for Gandhi, his message ’: Obama’s address to Indian Parliament
Excerpts in The Indian Express:
Just as India has changed, so too has the relationship between our two nations. In the decades after independence, India advanced its interests as a proud leader of the nonaligned movement. Yet too often, the US and India found ourselves on opposite sides of a North-South divide and estranged by a long Cold War. Those days are over.
Here in India, two successive governments led by different parties have recognised that deeper partnership with America is both natural and necessary. In the United States, both of my predecessors—one Democrat, one Republican—worked to bring us closer, leading to increased trade and a landmark civil nuclear agreement.
Since then, people in both our countries have asked: what next? How can we build on this progress and realise the full potential of our partnership? That is what I want to address today—the future that the United States seeks in an interconnected world; why I believe that India is indispensable to this vision; and how we can forge a truly global partnership—not in just one or two areas, but across many; not just for our mutual benefit, but for the world’s…
The relationship between our countries is unique. For we are two strong democracies whose constitutions begin with the same revolutionary words—“We the people”. We are two great Republics dedicated to the liberty, justice and the equality of all people. And we are two free market economies where people have the freedom to pursue ideas and innovations that can change the world. This is why I believe that India and America are indispensable partners in meeting the challenges of our time… Let me say it as clearly as I can: the United States not only welcomes India as a rising global power, we fervently support it, and we have worked to help make it a reality. More: