When all the punditry over the visit to the United States of America of the prime minister, Narendra Modi, is exhausted, it will be instructive to step back and study how the Americans selectively use all their levers of power on a graduated scale when they want a foreign leader’s visit to succeed and produce results.
As President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met for the first time over dinner, the White House issued a vision statement for the US-India Strategic Partnership: "Chalein Saath Saath: Forward Together We Go".
Personal relation between leaders has a long tradition in international diplomacy. As Prime Minister Narendra Modi readies to take part in his first summit with US President Barack Obama, pundits and the media have focused a good deal of attention on their encounter, billed to detangle the relationship and reenergize the strategic partnership.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi rides a cresting wave of hope coming to the United States. There are four elements to the expectations: Developing strategic ties with the Obama administration, getting to know US politicians, building economic and business ties to further his vision for India, and connecting with the Indian diaspora writes Arul Louis
The first visit of Narendra Modi to the US as India’s prime Minister heading the first majority government in the country after 23 years is high on symbolism, much in keeping with his style and well-crafted image writes Rashmi Saksena
Wiry shrubs and clumps of brown-green fill the semi-arid landscape of Kutch in western India. Many of these patches have, over the years, made way for "more productive" agricultural land. This greening of "wasteland" is, however, degrading a precious and largely ignored ecosystem -- the grasslands. And, as a result,