BILATERAL TIES BETWEEN INDIA AND U.S.:
Winds are now favorable for encouraging the bilateral relations between both the countries. Meeting of the Indian Prime Minister with the U.S. President is likely to take place shortly. The exact date for the meeting is reported to be worked out. The meeting will cause two things that the Indian Prime Minister is keen to extend his summit –level approach to bilateral ties past the sub continent and that U.S. President wants to patch up the damage to Indo-U.S. ties. In previous years, U.S. officials have discouraged bilateral visits by world leaders dove-tailed with the U.N. General Assembly session in September. This, they feel, puts the U.S. in an uncomfortable spot, as many others. The rare exception they made was for the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who had hoped to meet Mr. Obama in his last visit to U.S. as P.M. This year a very different circumstance has necessitated the U.S. exception being repeated for the Prime Minister Mr. Modi.
Last year has seen low Indo-U.S relations that rival cold –war era ties over the Khobragade affair. Also decisions are pending on several deals, including on FDI in retail, nuclear business and defense purchases, while the India’s push for HIB visas and outsourcing contracts. At stake for Washington is the hope under a reform friendly, Modi administration reform in sectors such as insurance, banking will be quicker than it used to be.
Thus, a friendly atmosphere is expected to the bilateral relations between both the countries. In the meantime, the U.S. should conduct a review of visa policies which had often to be proven to an irritant in bilateral ties.