“Our rapidly growing and deepening friendship with India offers benefits to all the world’s citizens and the peopleof India should know they have no better friend and partner than the people of the United State.”
President Barack Obama
issued this statement in commemoration of Republic Day of India on January 26,2009.
“We in America look to the rise of India as an opportunity, a chance to work with a great fellow democracy to share not only the benefits of the international system, but indeed, the burdens and the responsibilities of maintaining it, of strengthening it, and defending it. We are eager to continue charting a global partnership with India, one that addresses the global challenges upon which the safety and success of every nation now depends: stemming nuclear proliferation, fighting terrorism, combating disease, protecting the environment, supporting education and upward mobility, expanding economic development, and promoting freedom under the rule of law.”
, the then-Secretary of State, laid out this perspective at the U.S.-India Business Conference in 2007 inWashington"So when it comes to the sphere of our work, building a future of greater prosperity, opportunity and security for our people, there is no doubt; I have to go India. But even more, I am proud to go to India, and I look forward tothe history that we will make together, progress that will be treasured not just by this generation but by generationsto come."
President Barack Obama
said this while announcing his plan to visit India (in early November 2010) at the four dayseminar on ‘India and the United States: A Strategic Partnership' in June 2010.
For decades since India’s independence, United States had lacked key strategic, diplomatic and commercialinterests in India and, in turn, Indian policymakers, committed to some variant of the doctrine of nonalignment,had frequently found themselves at odds with the US.The relations between the US and India in the past can beunderstood in the following phrase, “In each decade and in each administration, the expectation of each side of the other exceeded the ability of the other to deliver”. With the fading of Cold War constraints, the roller coaster character of Indo-American relation startexperiencing a paradigm shift and both the countries began exploring the possibilities for a more normalizedrelationship in the post cold war framework of the global politics. India is emerging in the 21st century asincreasingly vital to core of U.S. foreign policy interests.The US approach to its current phase of relations withIndia seem to be predicated on the fact that India having ‘lost’ its Soviet patron, which is by no means a correctassumption keeping in mind the economic and military co-operation with Russia, will now be more co-operative in dealing with global issues such as human rights, free trade, proliferation of weapons of massdestruction, and might even be interested in some kind of security arrangement against China, Iran and Iraqwhich are seen as threatening vital American economic interests, if proper inducements are offered. A permanent seat of the UNSC for India has now become a subject of intense debate.