Brian Brown's Official Website

Sponsored by

Brian Recommands

Sponsored by

One of Brian’s Favorite Quotes

The word ‘politics’ is derived from the word ‘poly’, meaning ‘many’, and the word ‘ticks,’ meaning ‘blood sucking parasites’.”
— Larry Hardiman

Modi, Obama achieve ‘breakthrough’ but will they get caught in fine print

Modi, Obama achieve ‘breakthrough’ but will they get caught in fine print

follow us:


Modi, Obama cut through winter chill with bear hug, smiles

Meet Puja Thakur, the officer who led Guard of Honour for Obama

Mumbai Marathon 2015: Get, set, race

Attention Amish Tripathi fans! The author speaks on film adaption of the Shiva Trilogy


Two US airline flights land in Atlanta after bomb threats

Japan says ISIS hostage beheading ‘outrageous’

Shock and sorrow as QZ8501 goes missing

The world is getting even closer to doomsday: Atomic scientists


2014 R-day parade pooper Arvind Kejriwal not on 2015 list

Kala Ghoda festival from Feb 7

With skiing creating jobs, snow (comes as) a boon for locals


Delhi’s many problems have been ignored by all parties

India’s liability legislation threatens its nuclear programme

Modi, Obama achieve ‘breakthrough’ but will they get caught in fine print


Paes advances in mixed doubles, Bopanna out of Australia Open

Gloves from infamous Ali-Liston rematch up for auction

Caught on camera: TT coach in confrontation with female player, stands suspended


Bigg Boss 8: Rahul Mahajan voted out of the show

Soha Ali Khan’s star-studded mehendi

‘Mortdecai’ actor Johnny Depp says he’s not quirky!


Get on your feet to live longer

Master stroke: Sachin Tendulkar inspires artworks

A glimpse of the ‘ Tattoo Week’ in Rio de Janeiro


Microsoft announces Windows 10 will be free, unveils hologram glasses

Apple Watch: A closer look at the 3 variants

Here’s a quick video tour of the hot robots at CES 2015


Mumbai Marathon 2015: Get, set, race

Soha Ali Khan’s star-studded mehendi

A day in the life of Big B


Attention Amish Tripathi fans! The author speaks on film adaption of the Shiva Trilogy

‘Mortdecai’ actor Johnny Depp says he’s not quirky!

Baby review: Akshay Kumar’s action-thriller is a gripping watch


FM hints at not raising tax rates, says it may be counter-productive

Interim Budget 2014

Here’s a quick video tour of the hot robots at CES 2015

A shopkeeper strings kites with images of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and United States President Barack Obama in Mumbai. (GETTYIMAGES)

India and the United States have been dubbed “natural partners” by Narendra Modi and Barack Obama. The repeated use of the expression during their joint press conference signalled a renewed but more pragmatic closeness.
Atal Behari Vajpayee had declared the two sides to be “natural allies”. But the generous George W Bush was replaced with a more transactional Obama. This was followed by an ineffective second Manmohan Singh government. This experience has made both governments recognize the inherent limitations in Indo-US relations. Unlike the policy lock-step that characterises allies, partners work together–but do their own thing as well.
Throughout the press conference India and the US agree on the big picture on almost everything: Afghanistan to climate change, terrorism to UN Security Council reform. But both sides can now get horribly bogged down on the fine print of working together on these issues. The never-ending nuclear deal is a perfect example.
Obama spoke of a “breakthrough” in operationalising the nuclear deal. Sources indicate that the US president ordered his negotiators to give up their hard stance on the administrative arrangements regarding the monitoring of fissile material imported by India. New Delhi has also offered a government-backed pool insurance to handle the suppliers’ liability required under Indian law. But this still has to be accepted by the individual nuclear component manufacturers. Neither Obama nor Modi have any control of their lawyers.
That it has taken six years to get to this partial solution is a reminder of how difficult it is to get complex things agreed upon between two countries with robust democratic sructures and independent judiciaries.
Obama and Modi spoke briefly of the two working together to “help Afghanistan through its present transition,” glossing over the deep differences between the two countries on reconciling the Kabul government with the Taliban. China, the third party in all Indo-US strategic conversations, was not mentioned at all.
This does not mean that India and the US are destined to be cantankerous friends. Modi and Obama last year had set up contact groups and working parties on a whole set of prickly issues ranging from intellectual property to nuclear problems.
The announcement that hotlines will be set up between the two leaders and their national security advisors is a useful institutional means to help avoid misunderstandings and bridging gaps before they become too wide.
Modi seemed more effusive of the two as to what he saw in the future, saying “our two nations are ready to step forward together and accept this global partnership of our two countries and shape the future of this century. This is a natural global partnership.” Perhaps because he has just because his term in office while Obama is in the twilight of his.
Full coverage: Barack Obama’s historic visit to India

also readAsk what Obama and US must do for India, not what we can do for themLet’s clear the air with more renewables India, US must set realistic targets in business ties India-US bonding: It’s not about give and take

top news

most Popular
don’t miss
FM hints at not raising tax rates, says it may be counter-productiveGovt draws roadmap for skill developmentServices major Wipro set to roll out software productsOil jumps as Saudi king’s death feeds market uncertaintySensex, Nifty hit new highs on robust fund inflows, bud hopesphotos

Link to this story: 

Please share with your friends:

Leave a Reply

Sponsored by

Brian Recommends

Sponsored by