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THE CERTAIN FUTURE OF HOPE: 2016 Presidential Elections and Indo-US Relations
By Sanjay Balaji M.
| Category: U.S. India Relations

When the British left the subcontinent after nearly 300 years of colonial rule India was nothing but a leached out potato. After its independence in 1947, it was hit hard by famine after famine unable to provide for its children later helped by a man called Norman Borlaug it is now the second largest producer of wheat and rice in the world. India as a democracy would have failed if it weren’t for that American but now here we are stronger than ever before. From wheat farms to Mars Indo-US relations has progressed on numerous frontiers throughout the years. In recent years regardless of whichever party ruling the relationship is growing closer. India faced a US embargo when it tested its nuclear weapons but now the United States supports India’s bid to join the NSG which makes it clear that mutual trust on both the sides has grown manifold within last two decades.

 

The sense of love and respect among the citizens of any two countries further nourished by the government is necessary to maintain a good relationship. From the days of the past and until today the love and respect the people had for each other have only been multiplied.

 

The US has fought for democracy and rights of the people throughout its existence and India being a secular democratic country inherits the values the US has fought for in the past and in the present. India being the country with the second highest population is trying its best to deliver those values to its citizens by providing the right to vote for all of its people in its first draft of its constitution.    

 

Even before the independence, the soldiers of US and India have fought wars for the same side to attain a common cause which is to put an end to the spreading fascist forces. It has been never more important to maintain a good military relationship than today in order to address the threats of terrorism and uncertainty in the Middle East and the South China Sea. With the signing of LSA this year, the military cooperation is certainly going to grow at a rapid pace.

 

With more the 3 million people of Indian origin living in the US they have been a bridge between the two countries they have played a major role in the socio-economic and technological development of the US. Indo-US bilateral trade accounting for more than 70 billion dollars is showing no signs of slowing down. With the potential to further improve trade ties, there is no way that this election could have any serious impact on it.

 

Taking all these factors into account it can be certainly said that time, the strongest force of all is bringing us together and there is no way to escape it. Whatever may be the outcome of this election the trajectory for the Indo-US relations is already set and it is aimed at the sky and there are chances of it hitting the stars.      

 

It was the Tea Tax that made the United States independent it was the Salt Tax that made India independent. We were on the same path in the past though it might have diverged I see it converge again.


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