President Obama's India visit

Tangibles and imponderables of a 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.

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India-US ties: rhetoric versus reality

 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. 

Obama’s N-mission to 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. 

Nuclear deal no cause for celebration

  Any understanding between Narendra Modi and Barack Obama on circumventing the Indian nuclear liability law to protect American reactor suppliers should be a matter of concern

Obama in India: Good visit? Or very good visit?

Modi did not come to his new job with nuclear on his mind. But he quickly realised that impasse had to be overcome for a whole lot of other things to start working again. No energy or climate change deal would be possible without nuclear because no renewable source offers this kind of scale. India and the US would have this t-bone stuck in their throats sucking energy out of the economic relationship. The promise of a greater strategic powerplay using the US as leverage too would dry up. 

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