September 20, 2017
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Building trust
India-US relations and Modi Visit It was natural for two “natural allies “ to climb within a short span of ten months  from  the lowest ebb of relations during diplomat Devyani Khobragade issue last December to its peak of Obama-Modi bonhomie in September 2014. Though there was nothing substantive in terms of takeaways, the warm atmospherics and camaraderie promised much deeper engagement in the years to come- both on bilateral front and in international arena, with Modi promising to eliminate bottlenecks in US investment in Indian nuclear energy sector. Both leaders took note of the delay and reaffirmed their commitment to “implement fully” the US-India Civil nuclear cooperation agreement that would facilitate installation of American origin nuclear reactors in India. An interagency contact group has been set up to iron out the differences. US observers have described this as sweet and sour relations between a married couple. India and US are tied to each other by strategic partnership, with a new mantra for the relationship, “Chalein Sath Sath: Forward together we go”. The Devyani issue was symptomatic of trust deficit and promises unfulfilled. But Modi’s elevation on the national throne has created hopes and aspirations not only for India but for the entire world. The US administration which till a few months ago was not ready to commit  a visa for Mr Narendra Modi, the then CM of Gujarat, the pos
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