THE NEW INDIA–US RELATIONSHIP
India had always been peripheral to US interests when it came to forging international engagements. India figured nowhere in the list of priorities enumerated by the US foreign office immediately after President George W. Bush took charge. In the US foreign policy agenda, however, experts emphasized the need for a partnership. This was specially relevant in Asia, because there was no Asian analogue after NATO, and the US think tanks realized the need for key bilateral alliances in the region without, of course, naming India. The deadly terrorist strikes in the US on 11 September 2001 may be regarded as the watershed that spurred the new understanding between India and the US. This, however, does ...