India Peeved as Obama Cools Relations

President in danger of undoing predecessors' successes
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 7, 2010 3:36 PM CDT
India Peeved as Obama Cools Relations
President Barack Obama makes a toast with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during a State Dinner on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Barack Obama is neglecting the US relationship with India and could undo the diplomatic progress made by the previous three administrations between the world's biggest democracies, writes Sumit Ganguly. Indian diplomats are annoyed as the US cozies up to Pakistan and backpedals on a deal to sell nuclear technology, but Obama is "largely oblivious," he writes.

"It's hard to understand why Washington would continue to neglect such a valuable ally," complains Ganguly at Newsweek. "India is a vast and growing market, a significant military player in South Asia, a growing force in global talks on climate change and nuclear nonproliferation." Meanwhile, Russia is moving in. The US has to switch course before the damage is irreparable. (More Barack Obama stories.)

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