Wednesday, 21 January 2015
Obama and Modi -The India US Moment? Aparna Pande
President Obama's participation in India's Republic Day celebrations on January 26 is more than a gesture. It is an attempt to advance the idea of a strategic partnership, which Washington has sought off and on since the 1950s but has not materialized partly because of India's preference for non-alignment in international relations. Just as the Americans tend to seek allies overseas, India builds friendships and avoids alliances. An alliance implies dependence whereas economic and military self-sufficiency is India's desire.