Monday, Aug 15, 2022

The World Is Horizontal

Obama II promises continuity in ties, but a poll-wary India isn’t ambitious

The World Is Horizontal AFP (From Outlook 19 November 2012)

Indian Wishlist   US Wishlist

  • US should stay the course in Afghanistan and not allow it to roll back to a situation where it’s turned again into a safe haven for all terrorist groups
  • Reduce tension in South China Sea and remove strains from Sino-US relations so that the region and important sealanes remain peaceful and calm
  • Look for a negotiated settlement with Iran to bring down temperature in the Persian Gulf and West Asia to ensure assured and steady supply of oil and gas
  • Encourage American businessmen, firms to invest in the Indian market, especially in infrastructure
  • Resolve the pending problems over the 'liability bill' to encourage American nuclear energy companies to start investing in nuclear power plants in India
  • Open up FDI in defence to allow US firms to set up joint ventures and clear pending military hardware packages from the US
  • Work jointly with the US Navy in Indian Ocean to ensure security and safety of the crucial sealanes in the area
  • Play a bigger role in Asia and South China Sea to give confidence to the smaller countries in the region in dealing with an assertive and rising China


The presidential tweet, and the accompanying picture, conveyed it all—the end of awful stress, the sweet relief of victory. The three-word message—“Four more years”—announced to the world on Wednesday morning Barack Obama’s re-election to the White House. It did not take the Indian leadership long to respond. Congratulatory messages from both President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh were dispatched within hours of the tweet going viral. The knife’s-edge contest between Obama and his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, had generated much interest in New Delhi’s foreign policy establishment. But now that the dust over the US presidential election has begun to settle down, questions are being asked on what Obama II means for India.