India and Obama - in a nutshell
Delhi, Nov 5 (IANS) What cheers India and what makes it cautious
about Obama presidency:
Ally: Obama says building strategic partnership with India
top priority and sees India as a natural strategic ally of
the US in the 21st century.
and Pakistan: More focussed on ending terrorism and Al Qaeda
by concentrating on finishing Al Qaeda sanctuaries in Pakistan
and bringing stability in Afghanistan. Plans to increase aid
and Muslim world: Promises withdrawal of troops in Iraq within
18 months - a fountainhead of hostility against the US in
the Muslim world. Makes it easier for India to deal with a
US with better standing in the Middle East.
Favours greater regulation of financial institutions.
immigration reform and H1B visa programme.
makes India cautious:
Obama has strong views on non-proliferation. May try to force
India to accept CTBT (Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty) and provoke
a fresh debate in India on this sensitive issue. Shouldn't
be a problem after the US, China come on board.
May try to play peace-keeper in Kashmir, a tendency that is
likely to be resented and opposed by India which sees Kashmir
as a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan and one that
does not need third-party intervention.
India fears global financial meltdown may force Obama to turn
protectionist. Obama has promised tax incentives for US companies
that create new jobs.