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President Obama's India visit

Talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and U.S. President Barack Obama comprehensively covered most facets of India-U.S. engagement, and imparted greater depth to the relationship. The final verdict will, however, depend on whether issues touched upon, but yet to be completed, reach satisfactory conclusion.

 
When US President Barack Obama alighted from his bulletproof car on Rajpath on Jan 26, he was received by a steady drizzle before being ushered to a bulletproof enclosure for viewing the Republic Day parade. The colossal and colorful crowd showed climate-proof enthusiasm, climate-proof because the rains were not able to rein in their fervor.   
 

The newest breakthrough actually raises troubling questions. It contrives a model to shift to Indian taxpayers the liability risks for nuclear accidents, thus undermining India’s domestic law, the Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Act

 
The White House is claiming victory for a breakthrough in the impasse with India over nuclear energy. Indian laws have held suppliers, designers and builders of nuclear plants liable in case of an accident and this made American companies fearful of doing business here.
 
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While the Indo-US defence ties are not aimed at building any containment schemes, they are unquestionably aimed towards capacity building and maintenance of domestic and international peace and security writes Simi Mehta
 
Barack Obama’s Siri Fort address celebrated Indian diversity, but with a caution that failure to strengthen it could result in insecurity and fear limiting its emancipating power   
 
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While the Indo-US defence ties are not aimed at building any containment schemes, they are unquestionably aimed towards capacity building and maintenance of domestic and international peace and security, writes Simi Mehta

 

While scholars, pundits and journalists are still arguing over the concrete outcomes of the indisputably successful and game-changing visit by the US president, chances are that for most Indians the impact of the trip will be defined not by a prosaic post-mortem; but by the picture-perfect images honed to create a collective memory of the three days that Barack Obama spent here. 

 

 Talks on the civil nuclear deal between India and the US were the main issue during the first day of President Obama’s visit. They reached an agreement to end the impasse on the six-year-old nuclear agreement. The new deal resolved differences over two issues that had stopped US companies from setting up reactors in India. 

 

The story gets still worse. Whereas India has put important conditions on reactor vendors, Pakistan has put absolutely none. It has not insisted upon any kind of legal liability for CNNC in case of an accident. 

 


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