After US takeaway, India’s wish platter
The truly substantive part of US President Barack Obama’s visit to India began on Sunday evening with his arrival in Delhi. In Mumbai, he mainly spoke of deals with India that were already done, and the jobs these would create in the US.
Though he did offer some glimpse of the US’s thinking on Pakistan in an interaction with college students, it is what he stay on Monday that will spell out the contours of Washington’s political outlook on India–be it on question of India gaining a permanent seat in the expanded UN Security Council, or on issues related to Pakistan and Afghanistan, as well as east Asia.
Only twice before has Prime Minister Singh travelled to the airport to receive a visiting head of state: they were then US President George Bush and the Saudi king Abdullah bin Abdullah Aziz, both in 2006.