Comments on: India and the U.S. – strategic or symbolic partners? Perspectives on South Asian politics Thu, 02 Jun 2016 08:03:22 +0000 hourly 1 By: pakistan Thu, 10 Jun 2010 18:42:31 +0000 India continues to lag behind in the world politics, despite its claim to democracy. How many democracies are hanging on to a territory with military force whose people do not accept Indian’s jurisdictions over them. Is there a hope for self determination for Kashmiris in the Indian democracy? Indian democracy had an love affair with the communist Soviet Union and at the same time acquired the membership of the non aligned countries who by no means were democracies.
India has warm ties with the muslim states and military ties with Israel, the arch-enemy of the muslim States. Let us forget its relations with its neighbours who equally have the colonial past. India needs to undertakes structural changes in its domestic institutions as well as develop an independent foreign policy. There is a Seat reserved for India in the world arena but India on account of its domestic policies is very reluctant to claim this seat. The change in the world order is in motion, India needs to become a Nation which can contribute for the welfare of not only its own citizens but the rest of the people in the world.
My advice would be to get rid of the economist and elect a visionary Statesman. Does India have someone like the Chinese President or the Brasilian or even the Turkish equivalent to confront the imposter Obamas “yes We can” of this world. I am surec they have one and needs to come up front now and tell the world what the new Indian leader can do for the world.
Rex Minor

By: DaraIndia Thu, 10 Jun 2010 14:35:26 +0000 To answer the last question first, the non-aligned policy was right at the time. I think everyone recognises, without openly admitting it, it is no longer useful in a today’s world.

Why should warm ties with Islamic countries, be a hindrance to US Indo ties? Don’t many Islamic countries themslves have close ties to the US? Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Turkey, Pakistan has a working relationship, Afghanistan and Iraq all have bonds to the US. So it is difficult to understand where the writer is coming from on this point.

However, getting back to the main topic, I think after the Bhopal judgement and the skeletons now emerging, the US almost demanding that the Nuclear liability bill be cleared, is wishful thinking.

The question that really intrigues me is that in spite of India and the US being democracies and some say ideal partners, I personally feel that the US has now conclusive proved – time and time again – that it is not a reliable partner when it comes to Asian nations. It treats it relationships with the West and with Asian partners on totally different footings. It would be nice if India and the US could work in harmony but here again, its risky to bank on the US, unless it totally suits their interests. I dont trust the US to provide a firm partnership for developing nations.