Obama, Modi break nuclear impasse, hail new 'friendship'

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Published: January 25, 2015
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 U.S. President Barack Obama hugs India's Prime Minister Narenda Modi as he arrives at Air Force Station Palam in New Delhi January 25, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS

U.S. President Barack Obama hugs India's Prime Minister Narenda Modi as he arrives at Air Force Station Palam in New Delhi January 25, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW DEHLI: US President Barack Obama and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi broke the deadlock on a long-stalled nuclear pact Sunday as they hailed a new era of friendship between the world’s two largest democracies.

After greeting Obama with a bear hug as he stepped off Air Force One, Modi then trumpeted the “chemistry” with his fellow leader on the first day of a three-day visit to the Indian capital.

Obama, whose administration treated Modi as a pariah until barely a year ago, said their new “friendship” reflected a natural affinity between the two countries. Both are looking for a counter-balance to a rising China.

While there were no major policy announcements apart from the unblocking of the nuclear agreement, Modi said Obama’s decision to become the first US president to visit India twice while in office had huge symbolic importance.

“Relations between countries depend less on full stops and commas and more on the relationships between leaders… the chemistry between them,” Modi told a joint press conference.

“Barack and I have struck up a strong friendship… this chemistry has not just brought me and Barack closer but also brought Washington and Delhi – and the people of our countries – closer together.”

After opening his remarks with a few words in Hindi, Obama also hailed the “personal friendship” with his counterpart, saying the closeness reflected a shared commitment to values such as democracy and entrepreneurship.

“In addition to a personal friendship, we are also reflecting the warmth and affection between the Indian people and American people,” said Obama.

“It’s not surprising that we have a friendship because hopefully we are reflecting the values of our peoples.”

The two men spoke for more than three hours, capping a remarkable turnaround in relations between the two countries after a diplomatic row in late 2013 that saw the Stars and Stripes torched on the streets of Delhi.

Modi’s election in May 2014 was a potential headache for the US, which had blacklisted the Hindu nationalist for more than a decade after deadly communal riots in Gujarat when he was state chief minister.

He was only brought in from the cold last February when the then US ambassador Nancy Powell travelled to Gujarat once it appeared Modi was likely to end the centre-left Congress party’s 10-year rule.

Since coming to power, Modi has borne no obvious grudge and personally invited Obama to become the first US president to be chief guest at India’s Republic Day parade on Monday.

The Indian premier has also invited Obama to co-host a radio phone-in show and is reportedly planning a private dinner for him at his Delhi home.

After flying into an overcast Delhi, Obama received a welcoming ceremony that included a 21-gun salute and full guard of honour. He also laid a wreath at a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, India’s independence hero.

The US president, who is being driven around in his armoured limousine known as the “Beast”, said at the ceremony it was “a great honour” to return to India and thanked his hosts for their “extraordinary hospitality”.

He and his wife Michelle had been scheduled to visit the Taj Mahal, but their trip has been cut short to allow Obama to travel on to Saudi Arabia and pay respects to new King Salman.

Obama’s trip comes just months after Modi’s first official visit to the United States, and with so little time to lay the groundwork it was always expected to be stronger on symbolism than on content.

The headline-grabbing announcement was over the nuclear pact, which has faced a series of delays since being signed in 2008.

The agreement should give India access to civilian nuclear technology but has been held up by US concerns over India’s strict laws on liability in the event of a nuclear accident.

“I am pleased that six years after we signed our bilateral agreement, we are moving towards commercial cooperation, consistent with our laws (and) international legal obligations,” Modi said at the press conference.

While there were no immediate details on how the impasse had been broken, India has reportedly offered to set up an insurance pool to indemnify companies that build reactors.

“Today we achieved a breakthrough understanding on two issues that were holding up our ability to advance our civil nuclear cooperation and we are committed to moving towards full implementation,” said Obama.

“This is an important step that shows how we can work together to elevate our relationship.”

The two men also discussed climate change, with India seen as one of the main obstacles to a global deal on limiting emissions that should be signed in Paris in December.

In a statement issued by the White House,·both men agreed to enhance bilateral cooperation on climate change “to achieve a successful and ambitious agreement in Paris”.

Modi told reporters he did not feel under any “pressure” from Obama over climate change but did feel “pressure when we think about the future generations and what kind of world we will give them”.

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Reader Comments (107)

  • Tufail Ahmad
    Jan 25, 2015 - 10:27AM

    “badalta hay rung aasman kaise kaise”

    Once a person not allowed to enter US airspace is now the darling … That’s the beauty of diplomacy & international politics …

    It’s about time to re-align our direction ,,, European Union, Russia & of course China …

    We must also form a forum of Islamic countries outside the influence of Arab league & OIC … NADIC (Non Arab Developing Islamic Countries) and assume the role of leader as international level … First thing first … Let’s make our home in order first … Get rid of militancy by all means, boost ourselves as socially awared nation & adopt a serious approach in mending our education system

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  • RD Sultan
    Jan 25, 2015 - 10:36AM

    As a non-Indian, it’s not my place to question India’s foreign policy, but Indians need to ask why their Prime Minister would invite, as a chief guest, the President of a country that gives advanced military weaponry to Pakistan and China (and in Pakistan’s case, billions in financial aid and (indirectly) the nuclear bomb), two neighbors which India has gone to war with in the past, and may go to war with again in the future.

    Anyways, Jai Hind my Indian friends :-)

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  • raider
    Jan 25, 2015 - 10:57AM

    this is same modi who was banned by UAS over gujjrat riots, and now big deals are being signed by sam person with USA, is it power of democracy or stretgic depth of USA, plz pakisan learn from it

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  • Aamir
    Jan 25, 2015 - 11:09AM

    good luck India! this is how it all begins…….

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  • Ahmed
    Jan 25, 2015 - 11:15AM

    Timing of these blackouts is quite interesting. When Pervez Musharraf went to USA on official trip, the whole country was sunk into darkness and rumors were spread about Shaukat Aziz’s assassination. Now Obama is visiting India. Somehow I feel whenever Pakistan has to be in some highlight in someway, it is deliberately shown that Pakistan is impotent. I might be wrong and it might be a conspiracy theory, but enemy is penetrated well into our country. It seems pilot testing of all strategic attacks have been carried out. Cutting of optic fiber cable under the sea to disconnect entire country from the rest of the world, blackouts, water cut-off by India, attacks on naval basis and GHQ, high profile assassinations etc. It’s like well planned drills have been carried out !! ET please put it on.

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  • Bewildered
    Jan 25, 2015 - 11:15AM

    “with both men heartened by their meeting of minds on….” how efficiently and quickly they can kill innocent people in large numbers without being caught.

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  • harsh
    Jan 25, 2015 - 11:18AM

    how come this news is reported in Pak as there is apparently a power failure in the entire country of Pak

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  • Aschraful Makhlooq
    Jan 25, 2015 - 11:21AM

    “Both sides share a common goal in wanting a counter-balance to China, with Modi seen as taking a more assertive line on India’s powerful neighbour than the previous regime.”
    How much US is worried and is trying its best and utmost to secure India from China and this definitely proves that China is the next superpower of Asia this is why India is taking all possible steps to overcome China’s advancements most especially importantly in defence’s sector…
    Pakistani beggar and slave leadership has to observe this Obama’s tour to India keenly and consider that how much US is eager to make India the formidable and superpower in Asia most especially importantly in South East Asia in the economic and defence’s fields/sectors whereas US considers/claims Pakistan its ally and front line partner in the war of terrorism but unfortunately provides and recommends for India the civil nuclear technology (may/will be signed between India-US during Obama’s tour) whereas Pakistan needs it to overcome energy crises…..

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  • Omar Shareef
    Jan 25, 2015 - 11:43AM

    Meanwhile……we are enjoying our blackouts.

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  • Honky Tonk Man
    Jan 25, 2015 - 12:59PM

    Nice picture… “You Kill Muslims, i Kill Muslims… lets hug!!!”

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  • In the name of love (what more)
    Jan 25, 2015 - 1:11PM

    Between India and pakistan, i believe relations can improve if we have more people to people contact. And by that i mean contact, not between the elite of each country, but contact between the common people of both the countries. No matter how much people from each country get into a verbal duel here in the comments section, i have always seen people of both countries going out of the way to greet each other when they meet anywhere in the west or even in the middle east.

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  • James
    Jan 25, 2015 - 1:11PM

    @RD Sultan:

    Even it should be asked why Modi extended invitation to Barack Obama even though Mr. Modi was denied visa to the United States before……..the fact of the matter is, we don’t have any “higher than mountain or sweeter than honey” “friends.” We have only intention or “mafadat”, intention to take India one step ahead……this is the reason why we Invite “the President of a country that gives advanced military weaponry to Pakistan and China (and in Pakistan’s case, billions in financial aid and (indirectly) the nuclear bomb), two neighbors which India has gone to war with in the past, and may go to war with again in the future.”

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  • Sarina Talwai
    Jan 25, 2015 - 1:26PM

    That is precisely why he has been so cordially welcomed.Recommend

  • Zubair Khan
    Jan 25, 2015 - 1:27PM

    @Tufail Ahmad:
    Dear all is fair in love and war. You beat the same old drum. Do not bring religion in world politics to prosper. With current mind set of religious bigotary in Pakistan forget about any break through.

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  • Pakistan..
    Jan 25, 2015 - 2:11PM

    @Honky Tonk Man:

    …….and I too.

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  • Pakistani
    Jan 25, 2015 - 2:32PM

    Neville Chamberlaine schmoozing Adolf Hitler….in the 21st Centuary

    Wither human rights and international law…

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  • Indian
    Jan 25, 2015 - 2:51PM

    Dear pakistanis, dont be Jealous, its time to grow up now :D

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  • Vishnu Reddy
    Jan 25, 2015 - 3:01PM

    @ Ahmed.
    Re Comment : “Timing of these blackouts is quite interesting. ……………. Now Obama is visiting India. Somehow I feel whenever Pakistan has to be in some highlight in someway, it is deliberately shown that Pakistan is impotent. I might be wrong and it might be a conspiracy theory, but enemy is penetrated well into our country.”
    ++++++++++++

    Timing of blackout during the visit of US President may be “quite interesting” for other reasons other than her being showed up as impotent. Consider that the blackouts could be a case of Punjabi Military Dominated Deep State of Pakistan running a false flag operation to play the victim of Indian Terrorism in Balochistan card as a counter to the Indo-American discussions, among others, on the topic of Pakistan’s role as a fomenter of Islamic Terrorism in the neighbourhood and beyond.

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  • Pakistani
    Jan 25, 2015 - 3:04PM

    @Indian:
    Not jealous. We wish India well and want to have good relations.

    But this chap Modi is a divisive personality who is very aggressive towards Pakistan.

    According to many (including in India), he also has teh blood of thousands of innocent Indians on his hands.

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  • Bewildered
    Jan 25, 2015 - 3:17PM

    @Honky Tonk Man:

    Nice picture… “You Kill Muslims, i Kill Muslims… lets hug!!!”

    LOL. I said something similar, but the moderator didn’t allow it. Anyways, you said it better though.

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  • Ranveer Singh Warraich
    Jan 25, 2015 - 3:17PM

    @Honky Tonk Man: and Muslims don’t kill each other?

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  • Pakistani
    Jan 25, 2015 - 4:00PM

    @ Indian
    No Pakistani is Jealous here. It is only a matter of time, remember the US president receiving the Pakistani President at Airport in US. yeah it happened. And will happen again and again.

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  • Parvez
    Jan 25, 2015 - 4:04PM

    America has no permanent friend, nor permanent enemy……only interests and that’s the bedrock of American foreign policy.

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  • AVMPolpot
    Jan 25, 2015 - 5:04PM

    @Tufail Ahmad: ” It’s about time to re-align our direction ,,, European Union, Russia & of course China ”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    I think as a proud country Pakistan, as a first step of realignment, should suspend all civilian and military aid from Amreeka.

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  • Fiz
    Jan 25, 2015 - 5:05PM

    While talking about terrorism, will Modi ask Barack to stop making and supporting private armies like IS and Alqaeda? Afterall they were \West’s brainchild and someone else gets the blame for that. Will he? Nah! Why? because it works in their favour and they are bent upon to carve a new world for themslves. It is called Politics and has not happened for the first time.

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  • Talking Point
    Jan 25, 2015 - 5:10PM

    @In the name of love (what more): I am an Indian and have my jingoistic feelings about my nation. That said , if I meet a sincere Pakistani I would love to take him home as a guest and would do my utmost to make him happy. Between the common sincere people of both countries , we share similar feelings. But as it spirals its way upper into religion , subversive activities , Kashmir , we get lost.

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  • AVMPolpot
    Jan 25, 2015 - 5:13PM

    Modi the great Indian Statesman: from Chaiwala to Chanakya
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    I regret not voting for him in the last elections.
    And for Pakistanis: I guess u regret voting for NS….

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  • AVMPolpot
    Jan 25, 2015 - 5:15PM

    @Tufail Ahmad: ” Get rid of militancy by all means, boost ourselves as socially awared nation & adopt a serious approach in mending our education system”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Every Indian will support that kind of Pakistan.
    But chances of that happening is as much as that of the IP Pipeline carrying gas.

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  • AVMPolpot
    Jan 25, 2015 - 5:18PM

    @RD Sultan: ” why invite, as a chief guest, the President of a country that gives advanced military weaponry to Pakistan and China (and in Pakistan’s case, billions in financial aid and (indirectly) ”
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Sir, all that Pakistan gets will evaporate once US is completely out of Afghanistan…..Got it?

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  • Rafi
    Jan 25, 2015 - 5:22PM

    I think its about time Pakistan as a nation stop being obsessed about India. They are supposed to be the “enemy country” and an alien civilization, as the Pakistan movement claimed and succeeded in proving through partition…so the pakistani media should show news from the “biradar Islami” countries….why focus so much on someone who is alien? As far as this country’s jingoistic class is concerned, I think its about time they stop fantasizing about neo-Mughal domination and “Sabz Hilali parcham on Lal Qila”….you ram your head against a giant bull elephant…you are the one who is going to get hurt, so we should keep that in mind.

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  • AVMPolpot
    Jan 25, 2015 - 5:25PM

    Sardar Aziz: Pls note
    ++++++++++++++++++++++
    Pakistan was not even uttered once in the US Prez-Indian PM Press interaction.

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  • AVMPolpot
    Jan 25, 2015 - 5:27PM

    @Ahmed: ” Timing of these blackouts is quite interesting.”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    No doubt as evidence you have lots of conviction:).

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  • rakesh
    Jan 25, 2015 - 6:02PM

    I really hope we 2 neighbours start getting along. If we have to improve our relations, this is the time.

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jan 25, 2015 - 6:37PM

    @Tufail Ahmad: Why can’t both India and Pakistan be friends of USA at the same time. Its most idiotic thing to say that we must cut our ties with those countries who build ties with India. For your information, European union and China have very close trade and Industrial relations with USA. Every sensible nation is interested to build trade, business and industrial relations with other countries, irrespective of their geographical and political differences.

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  • Indian
    Jan 25, 2015 - 7:55PM

    @Tufail Ahmad: US, Russia, the European countries, Israel, Arab countries, Japan , Australia, Canada, Brazil, South Korea, South Africa are all friends and have good relationship with India. Who left sir ? China ? India and China are bilateral trade partner worth Billions of rupees. So virtually Pakistan has no strong ally at present.

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  • truth
    Jan 25, 2015 - 8:31PM

    @Aamir: India is not Pak.

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  • Jan 25, 2015 - 8:46PM

    The Indian sub-continent is the original home of the English family of nations ,English ,Irish and Scottish.It is only natural that it return to a position of prominence in an American Era, it being the most powerfull English nation at this time.

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  • Syed Haider
    Jan 25, 2015 - 9:44PM

    All political posturing. The US is just using India as a counter to China.

    Just think, the US visits India, and then cuts his trip short, to fly to Saudi Arabia. Does India want to be placed in the same camp (for the US) as Saudi Arabia?

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Jan 25, 2015 - 9:52PM

    The policy of US remain that first she eliminate her friends and then foes.

    Now Modi stand first in the row of US-India relations.

    Let’s wait and see when US will eliminate Modi.

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  • Gp65
    Jan 25, 2015 - 10:02PM

    @raider:
    The law under which Modi was denied visa was applied to one and only one man in the whole world. It was done to make Congress who was in power then happy.

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  • A J Khan
    Jan 25, 2015 - 10:15PM

    India is rejoicing its new US friendship. Good for them

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  • Sandip
    Jan 25, 2015 - 10:17PM

    @Tufail Ahmad: For that to happen, your establishment must realize that adopting a belligerent position vis-a-vis India will not work. There is just no juice in your economy to enable you to do that. And there is no power on earth that can take Jammu and Kashmir away from India. What would definitely serve both Pakistan and India is for Pakistan to completely sanitize itself of terrorists – being used against both India and Afghanistan, and then embark on a closer trade relationship between all 3 countries. What South Asia seriously needs is each country having sufficient stake in the well being and development of others in the region and more importantly profiting from it. Issues that are more intractable should be left for the future generation when sufficient trust and goodwill has been built between all of us.

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  • Anujk
    Jan 25, 2015 - 10:48PM

    Talking about India vs Pak is like comparing a gov bus to the beast

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  • sunil
    Jan 25, 2015 - 11:02PM

    @Honky Tonk Man: and Rahil is embracing china who bans ramdan, hizab ane prosecutes Uighar muzlims

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  • Gp65
    Jan 25, 2015 - 11:03PM

    @Parvez: “America has no permanent friend, nor permanent enemy……only interests and that’s the bedrock of American foreign policy”

    Correct and that is true for India as well. It has warm diplomatic relations with US and Russia. It adocates the Palestinian statehood and simltaneously has good relations with Israel.

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  • harmony
    Jan 25, 2015 - 11:03PM

    Rather than getting anxious by any political twists, both Pakistan and India should shed of anti feelings, forget the past, and build a friendly future.

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  • sunil
    Jan 25, 2015 - 11:05PM

    @In the name of love (what more):
    people of both countries want peace and friendship… but the support of jihad in kashmir and hindu muslim hatred is the main obstacle

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  • Rex Minor
    Jan 25, 2015 - 11:12PM

    Enough of the cacophony and pettyfogging, the son of a muslim migrant from Africa has brought shame this day to embrace a non believer on whose watch thousands of believers were cut down in their dwellings simply because they were muslims.

    Rex Minor

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  • sunil
    Jan 25, 2015 - 11:20PM

    @Pakistani:
    not really… the cong govt (sonia gandhi0 tried her best to implicate him … but could not as he was not directly or indirectly involved… it is due to some overzealous indians lobbying in USA is the reason for the visa denial…. true he does not believe in appeasement of monority and believes equal opportunity to all…. remember after 2002 … he did not allow riot to recur again and his handling of sectarian issue as PM is better than any other PM… also PAkistan handling of minority is brutal and condemnable

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  • Syed Haider
    Jan 25, 2015 - 11:38PM

    Why would Pakistan be jealous of Obama visiting India? Obama is the last person most Pakistanis want to see in Pakistan, and Obama is probably the first person Indians want to see visiting India.

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  • Rex Minor
    Jan 26, 2015 - 12:07AM

    @Mohammad Ali Siddiqui:
    The congress has still a period of two years to impeach its current President on whose watch America has suffered the loss of dignity and good will around the globe. Its embassys are gradualy being closed down in muslim majority lands.

    Rex Minor

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  • Rohit.
    Jan 26, 2015 - 12:14AM

    @Pakistani:
    But we don’t want any relations with Pakistan. We just want to grow our country and make it a middle income country.

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  • Iqbal
    Jan 26, 2015 - 12:18AM

    @Honky Tonk Man:
    “Nice picture… “You Kill Muslims, i Kill Muslims… lets hug!!!””
    How about expressing your opinion on the genocide (yes, genocide) of West Pakistanis on fellow Muslims in 1971?
    I hope you are not suffering from memory loss. In case you did not know 3 million Bengalis perished. This number is no where near what Mr Modi has been alleged to have killed.

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  • Real Truth
    Jan 26, 2015 - 12:27AM

    @Tufail Ahmad: Well-said! Totally agree with you re: revamping of our strategy, esp. more closer ties with China and Russia, however, I would not say the same about EU, and DEFINITELY not Muslim countries. Muslim countries are dominated by Arabs, who are a bunch of cowards, always hankering after the warm lap of their US masters. As for EU, some countries have a bit of a spine, but at the end of the day, their governments are all yes-men to the US. Russia and China can be a lot more dependable friends, who do not have subservience to Americans.

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  • Real Truth
    Jan 26, 2015 - 12:37AM

    @Sandip: Although there are a few minor points in your comments which may make some sense, but as soon one pays attention to your suggestion, “For that to happen, your establishment must realize that adopting a belligerent position vis-a-vis India will not work, it becomes obvious that you clearly represent those Indians who continue to consider hatred towards Pakistan as their birthright, and thus are simply INCAPABLE of allowing a common-sense and co-existence-based approach to cross their minds — Modi of course being the ring-leader championing this hatred, totally unaware that God forbid, a worst case scenario would be collective self-annihilation!

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  • Ravi Nair
    Jan 26, 2015 - 12:50AM

    The difference is India does not not any country such as Russia, USA or China dictate to it while Pakistan does. The main reason is money which Pakistan needs. Progress is the name of the game and religions has NO place in the running of a country.

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  • Real Truth
    Jan 26, 2015 - 12:57AM

    @Indian: Dear Indians, please don’t over-rate yourselves. There is nothing to feel jealous about here; what these two losers are providing are mere theatrics worth-smirking at!!! Watching the “two birds of a feather (both of them guilty of organized massacres — one in his own country, the travelling to Iraq to achieve that honour) provides comic relief, at best!!! Besides, watch out while you are being giddy about this meeting — uncle Sam is a proven self-serving and untrustworthy; Remember, how your female diplomat got trashed by a bunch of security guards in New York, and you guys had to watch helplessly, and just bite your tongues in shame???

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  • Rohit
    Jan 26, 2015 - 12:57AM

    @Mohammad Ali Siddiqui:
    Keep dreaming buddy. India will keep progressing under PM Modi.

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  • jock
    Jan 26, 2015 - 12:59AM

    We wouldn’t need to look at China, Russia and the Europeans if we mend fences with India. We BOTH must be prepared to give and take; at least to emerge as good neighbors, if not buddies. Never too late.

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  • AVMPolpot
    Jan 26, 2015 - 1:11AM

    New era of friendship between the world’s two largest democracies
    Obama cuts short his visit to India to pay respect to the new Saudi King
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    A SLAP ON THE FACE OF THE WORLD’S LARGEST DEMOCRACY!

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  • AVMPolpot
    Jan 26, 2015 - 1:12AM

    ” New era of friendship between the world’s two largest democracies”
    ” Obama cuts short his visit to India to pay respect to the new Saudi King”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    A SLAP ON THE FACE OF THE WORLD’S LARGEST DEMOCRACY!

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  • Jan 26, 2015 - 1:27AM

    @Gp65:
    Exactly ! You are absolutely right!!. It was applied to Modi.
    Since there was only ONE butcher of Gujrat. As declared
    by the Indian Press. Not ten…or 15

    ET moderators please print we know you love Indian trolls. But this is the truth.

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  • Jan 26, 2015 - 1:34AM

    Vinash kale vipreet budhdhi is displayed by Osama and then by Peshwar killers.Allah grant some wisdom our neibour nation.

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  • Amit
    Jan 26, 2015 - 1:38AM

    Gen Zia in his army wits reassurered and resurrected a devil by replacing sciences, education and reasoning to religious doctrine, within the youth. In the hight of the Cold War and soviet envision, it seemed chanting to the generals and the politicans of Regan mindset, nor did he foresee or realized, how much harm his doctrine of an Islamic state along with the regular youth charmed with the fury of fighting the soviets would feel after the employment is over. Bigotry and feudalism of the upper class of Pakistan delivered a Frankenstein as the youth found themselves out of skill after the war.
    For reemoloyement purposes and ensuring the purse remains filled, hating India strategy seem to have been revised and relished by the establishments of pakistan. But not realizing Roti, Kapda and Makan, only comes through education, community, science and free market as endorsed by any God fearing and loving Sufi, or in any progressive states.
    The plan B laid down by the Pakistani leaders has always shown weakness towards their people, they have to learn to invest in humanities and rebuild a safer pakistan which can stands for peace not on the basis of terrorism but cooperation with its neighboring states in trade and cultural transformation.
    Modi has learnt this path not by creating an anti Muslim cause, as this rhetoric in populas India does not hold ground. But realizing the needs of the youth who wants to secure a progressive future for itself.
    The bigger question is, Do you?

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  • Yo2Da2
    Jan 26, 2015 - 2:10AM

    @Aschraful Makhlooq: The problem has been the matter of trust (especially since Musharraf’s 1999 military coup, 9/11, and double dealing, including re: OBL). Also, as Pakistan is China’s best (and only?) friend, then how can US trust it? India is non-jihadi, much larger and more stable than Pakistan (population, land area, GDP, global trade, footprint in the US – highly visible Indo-American entrepreneurs and a rising $100 billion trade – and the world) and shares commitment to secularism (not Islamism or other isms) and democracy with the US, and is the only country, with Japan, South Korea, and Australia to counter the rising belligerence of China (border dispute with EVERY neighbor!). Pakistan could have leveraged its first-mover advantage with the US when it was a developing democracy, but repeated military coups (beginning with Ayub Khan) and alarms were raised with Bhutto (1971 Civil War, Islamisation, and bellicosity) and Zia (an ally in ousting Russia from Afghanistan, but further and perhaps irreversible Islamisation and jihadiism – including blasphemy laws, and, in the end, still a military dictator). Opportunities were lost. A lot of self-deception about relations with the US and other countries. But there is always a new beginning, one can hope. I sincerely wish your country the best!.Recommend

  • Khalid Bugti
    Jan 26, 2015 - 2:14AM

    @Rohit.:
    Why don’t you begin not having relations with us by staying on Indian platforms?

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  • Yo2Da2
    Jan 26, 2015 - 2:16AM

    @Ahmed: I do not know what you are trying to suggest here, but if you are suggesting some kind conspiracy theory you should begin with various people and groups at home. The Taliban, Lashkars, and jihadies are really not patriotic Pakistanis. You can delude yourself in believing it. But outsiders (including China and the Pakistani diaspora) are fairly clear about it. Alack.Recommend

  • Yo2Da2
    Jan 26, 2015 - 2:19AM

    @Sarina Talwai: Strike when the iron is hot. A cliché but still works.

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  • Yo2Da2
    Jan 26, 2015 - 2:24AM

    @Pakistani: Inapt analogy as both dear Neville and Adolf are history. Human rights and international law (Western inventions) are doing fine and getting stronger. (Just compare the situation a 100 years ago.)

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  • Mohit
    Jan 26, 2015 - 2:31AM

    My Pakistani friends I am from New Delhi, we both agree that we all want peace . My one friend above also said “We meet each other with love in any other country” ,
    Your country is so beautiful , I want to visit and meet you and I know you all want same for India. Please stop fighting or bad word to each other. lets save our money which we spend on securing borders to the development of our children future and our own life. I wish one day we both country live in peace like two Old good Pals, :)

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  • Yo2Da2
    Jan 26, 2015 - 2:49AM

    @Rex Minor: So much for your knowledge about American politics. Impeach for what?

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  • rkfromny
    Jan 26, 2015 - 2:50AM

    @Aamir:
    Yes .. this is now ur end begins. !!!!!!

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  • JSM
    Jan 26, 2015 - 5:23AM

    @Real Truth:
    Russia- a friend of Pakistan? Who vetoed UN efforts on Kashmir in Pakistan’s favour? Who ganged up with USA against USSR in Afghanistan? Those who forget history are condemned to repeat it sir.

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  • Sanjay Khushu
    Jan 26, 2015 - 6:05AM

    This is power of democracy which US has respected. Modi is democratically elected leader of worlds largest democracy.There is no other way rather than to accept the verdict of people. Modern world has liberated humans in expressing themselves freely which India did by electing this A Right Wing Hindu man. Irrespective of his past he needs respected for his post which he is representing today.

    For a Pakistani or Pakistan it may look unethically, being obvious also as definition of modern world has yet to percolate the psychology of Pakistan due barricade of Islam.

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  • Srikanth
    Jan 26, 2015 - 6:09AM

    While the deals between India and U.S. may be of somewhat importantnce on strategic plane, what surprises me how these two countries hate each other.

    Coming from South India, migrating to US, first thing I noticed whenever I met a Pakistani in US it felt somehow it is your own person. I started studying the history, started watching Pakistan news, some TV, there no difference between how a Pakistani or Indian looks. It is the same blood it flows as two religions. It is surprising to see how they hate each other. May be India little more than Pakistan because lack of education on cultural roots.

    Hyderabad in India looks more Islamic conservative than Lahore which looks it has more in common with Amritsar across the border.

    I hope common sense will prevail for the political establishment of these two countries. As I educate more about Pakistan I tend to live it more and more. It is Pakistan that had Harappa/Mohanjadaro/Panini/Purushapura/Takshasila/Lahore which is part of study of ancient Indian history.

    I want to pose the same question to both the sides: Do you have more in common when compared to each other (Or) with China or Us?

    May God save both the nations.

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  • DNiwasi
    Jan 26, 2015 - 6:38AM

    @Tufail Ahmad:

    Quote “First thing first … Let’s make our home in order first … Get rid of militancy by all means, boost ourselves as socially awared nation & adopt a serious approach in mending our education system”

    NOW That’s a tall order / wish !!

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  • FirstThing1st!
    Jan 26, 2015 - 7:19AM

    Good! Congratulations India! Thanks, but we don’t want any part of this “friendship of convenience”! Obama was right; “Its Good for Pak, not to be part of this”. It’s specially this “business deal” that we don’t want! We have different need than India. We seem to can’t manage or handle what we are bestowed with already. We have to bring our house in order first.

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  • AVMPolpot
    Jan 26, 2015 - 7:34AM

    @Syed Haider: ” All political posturing. The US is just using India as a counter to China.”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++=======
    Sir, I hv to take ur views seriously…after all you hv long years of experience of being used by China as a counter to India.

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  • AVMPolpot
    Jan 26, 2015 - 7:46AM

    @harsh: ” how come this news is reported in Pak as there is apparently a power failure in the entire country of Pak”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Even as an Indian I can tell you, what Pakistan lacks in electric power it more than makes up in Will Power! Thats how the country runs.

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  • AVMPolpot
    Jan 26, 2015 - 7:52AM

    @Ranveer Singh Warraich: ” and Muslims don’t kill each other?”
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    When a muslim kills another, both go to Jannat…..only difference being in the no. of Hoors ….

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  • AVMPolpot
    Jan 26, 2015 - 7:55AM

    ” and Muslims don’t kill each other?”
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Thats simple…when a muslim kills another, the killers religion is immediately changed to kafir….eg the murderers at APS cannot be muslims!. Such hypocrisy!.

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  • S K Chadha
    Jan 26, 2015 - 7:58AM

    @RD Sultan:
    Sultan Bhai, we Indians don’t consider Pakistan or China as enemies. They are neighbors and Shareek brothers with whom we have to live with usual land disputes …. :-)

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  • Naveen
    Jan 26, 2015 - 8:19AM

    Checkout today (26 Jan 2015) happenings of Obama visit in – republicday.nic.in

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  • truthbetold
    Jan 26, 2015 - 8:29AM

    ET Mods, please allow my rebuttal to @Bewildered whom you allowed to make exaggerated false claims.

    @Bewildered:

    ““with both men heartened by their meeting of minds on….” how efficiently and quickly they can kill innocent people in large numbers without being caught.”

    Not as efficiently, brutally and numbering in millions as the Pakistani army did in former East Pakistan in 1971. Let the truth be told.

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  • hellboy
    Jan 26, 2015 - 8:33AM

    @Syed Haider: Pkistani are generally a confused lot.On one hand they hate usa and obama and on the other hand are jealous about obama coming to india but not to pakistan.

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  • AVMPolpot
    Jan 26, 2015 - 8:35AM

    @Ch. Allah Daad: ” Why can’t both India and Pakistan be friends of USA at the same time. Its most idiotic thing to say that we must cut our ties with those countries who build ties with India.”
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    The answer to your qn is a word starting with K……….
    And while what u term as idiotic, is certainly not most idiotic…Pakistan’s history and present is replete with greater idiocy and Sardar Aziz is a great symbol of that.

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  • AVMPolpot
    Jan 26, 2015 - 8:46AM

    ” “Relations between countries depend less on full stops and commas and more on the relationships between leaders…Modi”
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    eg the Simla Disagreement.!

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  • AVMPolpot
    Jan 26, 2015 - 8:52AM

    @Syed Haider: ” Obama is the last person most Pakistanis want to see in Pakistan,”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Pls inform that to ur ambassador in Washington..he has been grovelling inviting to Pakistan ‘ the last person Pakistanis want to see’ .

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  • AVMPolpot
    Jan 26, 2015 - 9:04AM

    @Real Truth: ” Dear Indians, please don’t over-rate yourselves.”
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    And Pakistan has competing as the Indian Republic Day Parade….the Dharna at D Chowk.
    Dear Pakistanis pls do over rate yourselves.

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  • AVMPolpot
    Jan 26, 2015 - 9:12AM

    Pakistani Definition of Trust
    +++++++++++++++++++
    Be a leading US ally in the War on Terror…and host OBL for 10 years.

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  • AVMPolpot
    Jan 26, 2015 - 9:56AM

    I guess I am the luckiest kid today! None of my post are rejected despite being too harsh and offensive at times.

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  • Noor-e-Jahan
    Jan 26, 2015 - 10:14AM

    @Rafi:
    which are those ‘biradar islami’ countries, Syria, Iraq, Libya, Egypt,……sure!! I feel you need to spend some time with Hassan Nissar and he would be able to tell you about your history and your association with “alien’ civilization. You should also look for reasons why muslims are killing muslims in Pakistan and around the world. May peace be upon you….

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  • Tyggar
    Jan 26, 2015 - 10:20AM

    @Gopeet:
    As declared by Indian newspapers

    Are you on drugs? The only ones that “Declared” him buthcher of Gujarat are the voices in your head

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  • Sid
    Jan 26, 2015 - 10:27AM

    @Pakistani:
    USA president receiving Pakistani President at “airport”. Please share everybody the evidence of this interesting “fact”. Some link or any news article. Whatever you get your hands on.
    You people love to live by conviction and even “evidences” is blasphemous in your country. Just how do you guys cook up such stories even without understanding that the world is not of stupid uneducated people who believes in conspiracy theories. They are well read and many things in this world is quite decently documented for anybody to go and refer to. Including your favorite topic the UN suggestion on Kashmir. If google still works in Pakistan and is uncensored then please use it well. And please don’t use links which has .pk in domain.

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  • Sid
    Jan 26, 2015 - 10:31AM

    @Fiz:
    Yes sir just blame it on others like you always did and this habit will ensure you the life of enlightenment and prosperity. Look how prosperous you are. And never mind that Zia Ul Haq provided the best food for fodder of terrorism, the human resource. He provided the childrens of Pakistan, brainwashed and ripened to wage war any where in world in name of Islam. Others like Al Qaeda and ISIS just had to emulate that.
    But we South Asians do not like to give credit to our own leaders. So I understand that you don’t want to admit that Zia kind of almost made Pakistan into terrorists state. But still to be in denial is a god gifts. So enjoy.!!

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  • ask
    Jan 26, 2015 - 11:38AM

    @AVMPolpot: ET never rejects certain posters just to highlight how asinine some Indians can be.

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  • Hems
    Jan 26, 2015 - 11:42AM

    @RD Sultan:
    I guess you didnt understand the foreign politics. India invited Obama to raise the questions about that aid only. Future will tell you the implications.

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  • Rex Major
    Jan 26, 2015 - 1:31PM

    Moderators – Rex Minor spreads a lot of hate about Pakistan, Religions and the West.
    Please print.

    @ Rex Minor
    “@Mohammad Ali Siddiqui:
    The congress has still a period of two years to impeach its current President on whose watch America has suffered the loss of dignity and good will around the globe. Its embassys are gradualy being closed down in muslim majority lands.”

    Is this the news you are getting in Germany?
    Which Channels do you watch?
    You still haven’t lost faith in conspiracy theories – neither in in believing nor spreading.
    The impeachment of Obama and the closing of embassies is a canard you just invented.
    Obama will be visiting KSA – he is welcome there and KSA is not and cannot turn the energy tap of the world as you had prophesied in a different ET Forum.

    Germans have been kind to you and have granted you Religious Asylum (although you think it is because you are Afghan caucasian). They have not been able to teach you about the equality of religions.
    It’s funny how you eat their (christian) bread and salt, breath the air in Germany and still believe in the supremacy of Islam over other religions.

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  • Jan 26, 2015 - 3:02PM

    @AVMPolpot:
    Not all Indians are offensive and harsh, you are not a lucky kid, you are a bad one!

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  • jamor
    Jan 26, 2015 - 6:14PM

    @Amit:
    Modi keeps silent while his sidekicks harp on Ghar vapasi,Love jihad,Hindutva and mythology as science.Where is the development agenda on which he was elected to be PM.It seems that India is aping Pakistan by bringing religion into politics

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  • Bahadurkhan
    Jan 26, 2015 - 7:59PM

    @Pakistani: you are correct
    1959-60 Eisenhower and Ayub visit Korangi, karachi slum for developmental project, then in Rawalpindi 1960 for bilateral visit.
    1960- sale of squadron of latest F-104 Starfighter to Pakistan.
    1958- marriage of Iskander Mirza daughter to daughter of American Ambassador Hildreth.
    1959- SEATO, Cento aid to Pakistan.
    1960- Peshawar, Badaber airport handed to CIA for U2 spy flights
    1960-1965 – Pakistan is fastest growing economy with per capita in Asia.

    Compare India
    1959-1960 , food scarcity, improper defence,
    1962- defeat by China, inadequate military leadership by NEhrus relative.
    1963- economy in doldrums
    1965- a well planned attack by AYub and team.
    1965- indian Air Force was 5 times weak than PAF, yet manage a draw.
    1965 – Lal BAhadur SHastri has put the nation on track indigenously.
    1966 – rupee devalued by 36 percent in a day. Leading to chaos.

    Thus to put the nation back on track INdia neither needs OBama, nor aid, nor dollars. yOu need a vision and leadership.

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  • sunil
    Jan 27, 2015 - 12:49AM

    @Srikanth:
    u r correct that both have same roots… then why is the hate? need to listen Hassan Nisar , tarek Fatah more to know hatred… how is a child in pakistan is educated? what the hisory book says about history, hindus? pak history starts with bin quasim and he is hero… Ashoka and chandragupta has no place… they learn hindu bania is a cunning fellow… hindus treat women badly etc … in contrast indian history books dont villify Aurangzeb that much as they should

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  • bahdurkhan
    Jan 27, 2015 - 8:45AM

    all the readers will agree with me, Indian technology is capable enough to take up EPC contract of nuclear plant. refinery,thermal power plants on global scale. unfortunately uranium. oil, coal is in western, AUTRALIAN, CANADIAN, South African hands. Whether Obama comes for a day or 2 day, does not come, or wishes to celebrate ID in Rawalpindi, or Dallas, or Devon Avenue, BEST WISHES and good luck. Any way by next republic day Obama is history in Chicago.

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  • Sridhar
    Jan 27, 2015 - 8:46AM

    @RD Sultan:
    India needs a lot of investment and high tech collaborations to forge ahead. It has invited China, Japan and now USA to participate in infrastructure projects like Roads, Railways, building freeways, airports etc etc
    It also needs investment in energy sector.
    So, the India-US collaboration may be stretegic at one level but mostly it is economic. It can never be anti-China as China is India’s biggest trading partner with trade touching more than 60 billion dollars.

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  • Aschraful Makhlooq
    Jan 27, 2015 - 12:14PM

    “NEW DEHLI: US President Barack Obama and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi broke the deadlock on a long-stalled nuclear pact Sunday as they hailed a new era of friendship between the world’s two largest democracies.”
    Now the beggar,slave and US’ aid’s dependent Pakistani leadership must has to see and understand that where US places Pakistan and what thinks about Pakistan whereas on the other hand US declares Pakistan its front line and strategic partner in the war of terrorism but civil nuclear technology is for India never for Pakistan whereas Pakistan demands civil nuclear technology to overcome the most severe energy crises Pakistan is facing now-a-days?Pakistan must has to sign civil nuclear technology with China as soon as possible so that energy crises could be overcome without any pressure from US because like India,Pakistan does have equal rights for civil nuclear technology only for the purpose of overcoming the energy crises…..

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  • Qamar
    Jan 27, 2015 - 3:59PM

    @raider:

    He was not denied visa for Gujarat riots… as usuall hte ghulam nabi fais on the monthly pay of agencies wen gung ho to deny a hindu leader visa.. btu reality is that christian missionaries worked overtime and even went andtestified in US congress that Christian missionaries were not allowed their free run in Gujarat’s DAngs disctrict… this caused them to save SOULS…. their loyal votebank …. in USA….. thus Modi was banned.. and IT helped mata maino in India as well as to keep her masters in vatican pleased and keep BJP out of power…..

    But all calculations failed……..Thsi modi run will last or 5 year tearm definitlye unless hte lobbyists and the sympathisers dont get too eliminate him….and will go on for another 5 years by when peopel will eb fed up of Modi and wil lexpect a MODI++ then..

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  • Sandip
    Jan 28, 2015 - 5:45AM

    @Real Truth: You can keep this nuclear sabre rattling to yourself. We aren’t the least bit bothered by it. As regards harbouring hatred, speaking the truth does not amount to harbouring hatred. If someone wants to behave like an ostrich, he is most welcome to do that. But doing more of the same is not going to change anything. If you want to try it, be my guest.

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