What Issue Is Most Critical to a 21st Century Partnership Between the U.S. and India?

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
November 24, 2009
U.S. and Indian Flags Flutter in New Delhi

The Obama Administration attaches enormous importance to the growing partnership between the United States and India. This week, Prime Minister Singh attends the first state visit of the Obama Presidency.

Under Secretary of State William J. Burns recently said, “Few relationships will matter more to the course of human events in the 21st century than the partnership between India and the United States.... India has an increasingly significant role to play on virtually all of the major challenges of this new century -- from global economic dislocation to energy security, climate change, the spread of weapons of mass destruction, and violent extremism.... A rising India is an essential part of the peaceful and prosperous world that the United States seeks in the 21st century, and our partnership is an essential ingredient for success."What issue is most critical to a 21st century partnership between the United States and India?



New York, USA
November 25, 2009

Ron in New York writes:

U.S.-India to Accelerate UN Millennium Development Goals:

2015 is right around the corner and the US and India are poised to partner on meeting the MDG's. Both nations are super-powers in the development and technology arenas, and can make a long-lasting contribution in Education, Health, and Poverty Reduction. This is not only an altrusitic goal, it is essential for future security and economic growth.

Idaho, USA
November 25, 2009

Anjuli in Idaho writes:

Support for developmental aid should be noted, particularly in the form of technological and training assistance, with a focus on the areas of agriculture and health. This could greatly help foster stability within India from the ground up through an empowerment-based model. A secure India means a strong partner with the United States and our role in promoting this role is an important one.

Jhon R.
November 25, 2009

Jhon R. in the Philippines writes:

ãFew relationships will matter more to the course of human events in the 21st century than the partnership between India and the United States.... India has an increasingly significant role to play on virtually all of the major challenges of this new century -- from global economic dislocation to energy security, climate change, the spread of weapons of mass destruction, and violent extremism....

We all know that saying of under sectary of state willam J. Burns. So my comment is Lets us face the new century that will come in our country and also the other country like the philippines will have the new president of my country

New Mexico, USA
November 25, 2009

Eric in New Mexico writes:

An unprecedented level of dialoge has transpired in the years since Deputy Secretary Amitage remarked in Cong. hearing that we'd managed to "stop the car in time." in regards to preventing nuclear war between India and Pakistan in 2002.

Cooler heads have prevailed, but the nations need to resolve the underlying causes of animosity.

For the U.S., I think what we need to be focused on as a partner to all the nations of the region is to help them resolve potential sources of future armed conflict.

India has a contested border with China as well which wars have been fought over in the past.

The Thai- Cambodia border is another flash point.

The reason I would focus on this is simply becase it threatens the overall progress in all areas of the region for these disputes to continue to exist, and potentially puts us in a position where we'll be future witness to two allies in the war on terrorism going at it with nukes, and that would be a bad day for everyone on the planet.

In closing, what is most critical to our successful partnerships (with India as well as its neighbors), is the partnerships they develop with each other as a result of our influence as their common friend.

Bhuchung T.
District Of Columbia, USA
November 25, 2009

Bhuchung T. in Washington, DC writes:

The Indian Prime Minister put it accurately at his talk at the CFR. There are other fundamental values that should shape a society rather than mere rise in "GDP." Therefore, I see the most crucial issue being how two democracies can work together to promote a healthier and wholesome human civilization. That is the ultimate solution to all global problems, which are merely symptoms. When no one, including the United States, wants to see forces of evil triumph in this world, it is but natural that it should align with forces of good. It is that simple.

Virginia, USA
November 25, 2009

Milan in Virginia writes:

Indian PM visit is excellent opportunity and very important for both countries to discuss : trade policy, energy / nuclear technology, climate change, the global economy, contra terrorism...

United States
November 27, 2009

Christian in U.S.A. writes:

The most critical issues will be energy poverty and global warming (the Himalayan glaciers which feed India's rivers may dry out by 2035)...

California, USA
November 29, 2009

Sandeep in California writes:

Energy/environment and Afghanistan.

Energy/environment because 800M Indians still live on less than $2/day. How does India lift them out of poverty without completely trashing the planet? US is facing similar issues, there is a LOT of room for cooperation here.

Afghanistan because India's cooperation is required. I'm very happy about the apple deal. What if India offered scholarships to Afghan students? In what other way can India help Afghans get their economy going? I can guarantee you if people in Afghanistan have jobs to go to and a mortgage to pay they won't think of blowing themselves up.

Tennessee, USA
November 30, 2009

Joe in Tennessee writes:

Before starting:

I feel that our economic situation and dependency on interaction of other larger powers has led us to giving more than we receive and India is a prime example of this situation. It is my personal belief we are taking too many weak stands in trying to gain allies at the expense of American Jobs and economic security. My view is what India should do for us, we have already provided too much to them with little in return.

1. Breaking India's economic dependency with Russia.

2. Job displacement with the United States. They must provide more equal and relative jobs within the United States to replace those displaced. Free trade is not free when it takes more than it provides.

3. Human rights. Though they have come far by Eastern Standards, India still is a major provider of child labor and slavery worldwide.

4. Their interaction with Pakistan is of monumental importance.

United States
December 3, 2009

Salman in U.S.A. writes:

Having good relations with a emerging market such as india are important but we have to understand that issues like Discrimination against muslim born naturalized US citizens by india consulates have to stop. It is a sorry state that even Dept of State has no immediate concern with discrimination against its citizens based on where they were born by indian consulates.

It is the responsibility of dept of state to ensure that all of US citizens be treated equally regardless of their place of birth. How are we supposed to make american muslims feel AMERICAN if even at home they are not protected from being targeted based on their country of birth? Just imagine a german or english immigrant to United states being asked to be singled out among other US nationals in applications to visas to india? IT is unfair and should be addressed. Otherwise the isolation based on religon and places of birth will have no end in sight.

Thank you


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