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Issue No.: 573 | March 2015
 

The Obama Visit

Ashok Karnik
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President Obama’s visit was considered important .......It is true that "deliverables” are difficult to define.
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President Obama’s visit was considered important as it came quickly on the heels of PM Narendra Modi’s triumphant visit to the US. It turned out to be historic as it put Indo-US relations on a higher plateau. Modi’s perennial critics treated it as just so much hype and no substance. They asked for immediate deliverables and blamed all the hoopla on Modi’s PR skills. They pointed out that it was Dr. Manmohan Singh who had brokered the nuclear deal almost 6 years back by risking his Government and the BJP was wrong in stealing the thunder. They refused to accept that there was a substantial breakthrough on the nuclear deal, arms production, the vision document on the "Turn East” policy and India’s seat on the Security Council. Theirs was just the pre-determined stance that Modi cannot do anything right. They downplayed all agreements and promises as mere eyewash. It is true that Dr. Manmohan Singh had made the breakthrough on the nuclear deal and he deserves credit for it but it must be remembered that there was no progress as the deal was stuck on liability and tracking issues.  
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It is true that "deliverables” are difficult to define. Between governments, bonhomie is important but it has to be transformed into agreements. The agreements have to be transformed into concrete action by government or private entities. Modi converted good vibes into several agreements; that is his achievement. Modi has to cross many bridges before nuclear plants can be set up on the ground. He will have to face his own ‘Parivar’ which still lives in the fear of the East India Company. The great promise of rapid defence and industrial cooperation will have to face the challenge of the Swadeshi Jagran Manch and simultaneously the left brigade, environmentalists and all manner of critics. The job is cut out for Modi. Will he make a breakthrough on these fronts or will he find that Obama was easier to deal with than his indigenous opponents? However, that should not be reason not to applaud him for what he has achieved now. The problem is that people can live on euphoria only for a limited amount of time; they then hanker for visible benefits. Only a magician can conjure the goodies out of thin air; the rest have to sweat it out to see the results. 
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