October 27, 2004

THE ALLIANCE THAT MATTERS MOST:

India Leans Toward Bush Re-Election, say Analysts (Anjana Pasricha, 27 October 2004, VOA News)

The relationship between India and the United States has improved significantly in recent years and analysts say New Delhi would like President Bush re-elected so warming bilateral ties will continue. But that opinion may not be reflected among common people.

In the corridors of power in New Delhi, smiling officials use a common cliché to describe India-U.S. relations: "ties have never been better." Indeed the distance that marked the Cold War years between the world's two largest democracies, and the chill that came in after New Delhi's 1998 nuclear tests, is now forgotten.

Indian analysts give much of the credit for that to the Bush administration. C. Raja Mohan, foreign affairs expert at New Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University, says the Bush administration smoothed the path toward better relations by lifting sanctions imposed after the nuclear tests, and taking an even-handed approach toward South Asian rivals India and Pakistan.

"I think the sense is we have done more political business with the Bush administration in the last three years than in the previous 30 years and that is the big difference," he said. "On a whole range of issues the Bush administration is likely to give more space for India whether it is the nuclear issue or on the regional questions, India-Pakistan related issues, the Bush administration has been far more pragmatic and sympathetic in terms of dealing with India's concerns."

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 27, 2004 11:44 PM
Comments

Various Indians I know are simultaneously annoyed by Pakistan being called an ally, but also extremely annoyed by all the anti-outsourcing etc. stuff that the Dems spout.

Posted by: John Thacker at October 28, 2004 1:39 AM
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