Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas


Ran­jeet Ku­mar ]

He came, he saw, he con­quered. The three-day (from Jan­uary 25 to 27) visit of Pres­i­dent Barack Obama as a Guest of Hon­our on In­dia’s Repub­lic Day was an over­whelm­ing suc­cess from the per­spec­tive of de­liv­er­ables. The visit was not only high on sym­bol­ism but also highly re­sult ori­ented. From nu­clear to de­fence and in eco­nomic and strate­gic arena, the visit has not only bi­lat­eral but also in­ter­na­tional ram­i­fi­ca­tions. Sig­nif­i­cantly, the Obama-Modi Sum­mit re­sulted in not one but three joint dec­la­ra­tions. They were: Shared Ef­fort – Progress for all; In­dia-US Delhi Dec­la­ra­tion of Friend­ship, and the US-In­dia Joint Strate­gic Vi­sion for the Asia-Pa­cific and In­dian Ocean Re­gion.

The whole world, not to speak of China and Pak­istan only, looked with awe the level of un­der­stand­ings reached be­tween the two world’s most pow­er­ful democ­ra­cies. Hence they have is­sued strange re­ac­tions in­clud­ing Obama-Modi ro­mance aimed at dent­ing Sino-In­dian re­la­tions. The Pak­istani For­eign Min­istry said that im­ple­ment­ing the 2008 civil nu­clear deal “for po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic ex­pe­di­en­cies would have a detri­men­tal im­pact” on the sta- bil­ity of nu­clear de­ter­rence in South Asia. They also ob­jected to US sup­port for In­dia’s membership in the Nu­clear Sup­pli­ers Group (NSG) un­der a plan that would ex­empt New Delhi from some of the group’s ex­port rules.

First US Pres­i­dent at Repub­lic Day

Since it was Obama’s sec­ond visit in his pres­i­dency and first by an Amer­i­can Pres­i­dent to at­tend the In­dian Repub­lic Day, the Modi in­vite has been largely viewed by many as Modi’s ov­er­en­thu­si­asm in de­vel­op­ing rap­port with world’s most pow­er­ful man and also his ef­fort to en­hance his po­lit­i­cal pro­file in do­mes­tic pol­i­tics. The man­ner in which the two lead­ers have re­moved the im­passe in nu­clear en­ergy co­op­er­a­tion has sur­prised In­dian and in­ter­na­tional po­lit­i­cal pun­dits alike. The de­ci­sion to ex­pand the range and scope of de­fence co­op­er­a­tion and its pe­riod by an­other 10 years has not sur­prised any one as it was largely on the cards and in line with the on­go­ing co­op­er­a­tion in de­fence and strate­gic arena.

Mal­abar Ex­er­cise

The de­ci­sion to up­grade the Mal­abar naval ex­er­cise has at­tracted

Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi and Pres­i­dent Barack Obama wit­ness­ing the 66th Repub­lic Day pa­rade 2015 in New Delhi

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