ADAY after its minister cautioned India of “losing special privileges if New Delhi cuts import of Iranian oil” the country’s embassy cleared the air by recognising India’s geopolitical considerations in the face of US diktat over purchasing oil from Iran. The US sanctions on Iran that came as a consequence for its withdrawal from the nuclear deal and Mr. Donald Trump’s bid to rally other nations against Tehran has become a tricky affair for India. Iran is a major source of oil supply for India’s growing energy demands. If India gives in to the pressure mounted by the United States and cuts oil import then it risks a frosty relation with traditional partner Iran and a chance of losing access to critical trade routes through the Chabahar port. It is a slippery path that India must tread with utmost caution as it involves a big diplomatic as well as political manoeuver to keep a strategic ally in good humour. Trade and geopolitics face a stern test in the coming days as New Delhi attempts to wriggle out of the conundrum keeping national interest as well as its international reputation in mind.