Narendra Modi-Barack Obama summit to reset India-US ties

Washington, Jun 6: The US is looking forward to the first summit meeting between President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi to reset India-US ties that had gone adrift in the last days of the previous government. In what analysts describe as a significant foreign policy move, Modi is reported to have accepted Obama’s invitation to visit Washington in September-end, leaving aside the perceived bitterness over revocation of his US visa in 2005.

The US was much behind its European partners in reaching out to Modi with its former US ambassador to New Delhi, Nancy Powell, making the first high level contact with the Bharatiya Janata Party‘s prime ministerial candidate in only February. But Modi led BJP’s “resounding” victory quickly ended Washington’s hesitation with Obama making a call to congratulate “candidate Modi” and invite him to the US. Secretary of State John Kerry was quick to “echo” the invitation.

“As President Obama and Secretary Kerry both said, we look forward to welcoming the prime minister to Washington,” State department spokesperson Marie Harf told reporters Thursday when asked to confirm if Modi was coming in September. But “nothing to announce on timing at this point,” she said. Nor did Harf “have any more details” of what would be on the agenda of the Modi-Obama summit. “We said we look forward to welcoming him,” she simply repeated.

Harf also would not say whether Washington’s point person for South Asia, Nisha Desai Biswal who is reaching New Delhi Friday would meet Modi or the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. ”We’re still putting together her schedule of meetings, and when it’s finalised we’ll share it with folks.” Analysts have also appreciated Modi’s quick response to the Obama invitation as quite in line with his move to reach out to India’s South Asian neighbours with an invitation to his swearing-in. Soon after the BJP victory, Modi himself had made clear his priorities saying that relations between two “natural allies” cannot be allowed to be “even remotely” influenced by incidents related to individuals.

But the media focus on the visa ban, analysts suggest was becoming a distraction from real issues ranging from perceived policy paralysis of the previous United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government to the damage done by the diplomatic spat over the Khobragade affair. As Richard M. Rossow, Wadhwani chair in India-US Policy Studies at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, a leading Washington think tank, noted “there has been a great deal of head scratching over” the “repercussions” of the visa issue. However, “business engagement has been the cornerstone of cooperation for 20 years, and business leaders have maintained excellent ties with Modi,” he said and “The diaspora, too, strongly supported Modi’s rise to be the country’s leader.”

On the bilateral government engagement also, Rossow suggested restructuring of the 28 US-India dialogues to make them more focused. ”Having power in India consolidated in the prime minister’s office, as opposed to having ‘real power; reside with the party president, means that recommendations and activities- particularly those aligned with India’s own goals-will be taken more seriously,” he said. Senator Mark Warner, Democratic Co-Chair of the Senate India Caucus, has suggested his own “first 100 day plan” to revitalise US-India trade relations. Although it’s Washington’s turn to hold the annual India-US strategic dialogue, he suggested the two sides meet in New Delhi for the US officials to get acquainted with the new government as it gets down to business. Warner also asked Obama to name a new ambassador to India who has enough stature and clout reflective of the importance he attaches to bilateral ties.

  • Satish Chandra


    (2nd Update) I have said that, starting with the Delhi gang-rape in a bus, the flurry of highly publicized gang rape cases in India has been staged by India’s RAW which is a branch of the CIA which has done this to brand India as unsafe for women, the rape capital of the world, etc. when exactly the opposite is true; rape is incomparably more prevalent in the United States and street violence against women in India is negligible compared to the United States. See WhatYouShouldKnowAboutRAWDOTblogspotDOTcom. The killing BY POLICEMEN of two girls who had gone to the fields to relieve themselves was staged by RAW to counter my comments about fecal bacteria from flush toilets in their drinking water forming the essence of Americans because of which they deserve to be killed as ruthlessly as fecal bacteria, going to the fields being the most environmentally friendly way to defecate, etc. after an American said “Do you have a toilet yet?“ in response to my comment about making India the supreme military and economic power in the world by destroying Washington and New York with emplaced nuclear warheads with a warning that additional U.S. cities will be similarly destroyed if there is any retaliation or sign of retaliation. A woman named Kate commented on a photo-story of their killing in hromediaDOTcom : “These girls were gang raped, then the rapists dressed them back up..combed their hair and then hung them? Photo quality is poor..but does anyone else find the photo odd?” Yes it is odd because the whole incident was staged by RAW. By branding India as unsafe for women, the rape capital of the world, etc., the United States and its friends are seeking an excuse to invade and colonize India on the grounds of human rights, protecting women, etc. Goonda Modi has been appointed by CIA-RAW and collaborating in the planned American takeover of India of which 100% FDI in defence is a part. When Goonda Rahul Gandhi said “What superpower? I would rather make a woman safe in a bus” he was participating in the CIA’s project of branding India as unsafe for women, the rape capital of the world, etc., so later India can be invaded, under the auspices of the UN, to civilize it. Goonda Rahul had committed a gang rape of Sukanya Devi but most of the information about that gang rape on the Internet has disappeared as has the victim. A Goonda named Abhishek Singhvi, who has been responsible for suppressing information about the gang rape and apparent murder of Sukanya Devi by Goonda Rahul and himself was head of a parliamentary committee which approved the appointments of Supreme Court judges, had a candidate for such judgeship perform oral sex on him to be given the job and after a brief absence due to the publicity is back as Congress Party spokesman. It is an American custom to require oral sex from women before being given a job which Indians have adopted. Goonda Rahul is now very vocal and active in the case of the gang rape and hanging of the two girls. Why is everyone silent about the gang rape by him and apparent murder of Sukanya Devi? All the perpetrators are named Yadav because of the recent remarks by Mulayam Singh Yadav opposing death penalty for rape. This is typical of the way CIA-RAW design staged incidents as psy-ops (psychological operations). For a century now the Intelligence Bureau and its offshoots in India (which is RAW) and Pakistan have been inciting Hindu-Muslim conflict as provocateurs, making such conflict — like gang rape — from unthinkable or rare to commonplace, successfully resulting in partition of the country (via Hindu-Muslim conflict) and aiming for invasion and colonization (via gang rapes, etc.). The victims were made low caste because of my recent comment that the two most recent heads of India’s nuclear forces and the two most recent defence ministers have been Christians or Sikhs — all of whom are low caste Hindu converts — whose primary loyalty is to the Anglo-Americans — Sikhs played a major role in killing over ten million Indians in just the ten years after 1857 in just Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Bihar — and that is why India’s nuclear forces have so far failed to obey me to trigger India’s nuclear warheads I have had them emplace in Washington and New York. Mulayam Singh Yadav’s statement (“Boys make mistakes”) shows the importance of caste: Yadavs are OBC (Other Backward Classes) and his statement was in keeping with the ethical standards of low castes; a Brahmin would not have made such a statement because Brahmins adhere to higher ethical standards. Democracy translates to rule by the inferior and India has the British to thank for that. I have shown (RAWsTraffickingOfIndianChildrenDOTblogspotDOTcom) that on July 10, 2011 RAW carried out a railway accident in Uttar Pradesh so Rahul Gandhi could visit the victims and his visit splashed all over the media. The gang rape and hanging of these two girls with Rahul Gandhi’s advance knowledge and Rahul Gandhi’s visit to the victims’ families and its media coverage were carried out as part of Rahul Gandhi’s participation in CIA’s project to brand India unsafe for women, the rape capital of the world, etc. so India can be invaded and civilized. The campaign about toilets has the same purpose — to brand India as uncivilized and as part of his participation in CIA’s project, Modi says he would build toilets before temples. The two girls had gone to the fields to relieve themselves and this incident was designed by CIA-RAW to support both their campaign for toilets and against rape both of which boil down to the necessity to civilize India. This is what the United States is like — evil like which would not happen in India without CIA rule — and what has to be done: “”India’s greatest scientist and greatest living Indian publicly tortured in Harvard seminar, systematically and totally starved for up to 3 weeks at a time, made semi-starved and homeless and even blind for years, kept under 24-hour audio and video surveillance as well as surveillance of [and interference with] communications and electrical typewriter and computer use, document creation and photocopying, etc., by satellite for more than past 3 decades, systematically harassed and in poverty and neutralised and robbed of his work at the cost of hundreds of millions of dollars per year, robbed of crores in his money and property in India by C.I.A.-RAW, forced back into exile in the U.S., all with full cooperation and participation of India’s RAW and India’s C.I.A.-RAW-controlled prime ministers, politicians and media — to keep India poor, weak and enslaved” and how this means the nuclear destruction of New Delhi and then the coast-to-coast destruction of the U.S.; see my blog titled ‘Nuclear Supremacy For India Over U.S.’ which can be found by a Yahoo/Google search with the title; my biography can be found in Marquis’ Who’s Who in the World, 2014 and earlier editions.”

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