On the sidelines of the 2004 tsunami devastation, "There has been much discussion about how to ensure that we use our military participation in relief efforts to strengthen our mil-to-mil relationships with other participants, and in particular with India," begins a cable. »
The Indian Government's talking points included ""a very polite point"" urging her not to allow partisanship--i.e., her rivalry with Opposition Leader and former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe--to cloud prospects for peace. »
MEA Joint Secretary Gaitri Kumar warned that the ""reopening"" of the Letter of Offer and Acceptance on the Boeing VVIP aircraft sale to India, for the purpose of retroactively including an ""intrusive"" End-Use Monitoring agreement, was extremely problematic for the Government
While it appears that the government has few issues with the development and validation of a security plan, the risk that the UPA government's opponents might use the image of U.S. officials tramping around the Indian head of state's plane to garner votes in the upcoming general elections has made the Indians nervous. »
The UPA has embraced the bill as a win-win situation, noting that if the bill gets through, tribals will align themselves with the ruling coalition. If the bill fails to pass, the UPA can still claim to be the champions of the tribal cause and win tribal votes. »
A cable sent from Mumbsi Consulate reads, " we believe the USG should send a strong signal of solidarity and zero tolerance by generating a demarche asking the Grand Hyatt where the money for the reception came from, and how, and why they chose to associate an American brand so shamefully with an Indian terrorist."
Meeting with Charge and Poloff on May 4, newly-elected Communist Party of India (Marxist) General Secretary Prakash Karat demonstrated that he is a talented and skillful leader who is well-aware of his political importance. »
MEA Joint Secretary Gaitri Kumar shared that Mukherjee had last spoken directly with Zardari in an informal setting during his May visit to Islamabad, before Zardari was elected President, adding that he had ""never"" spoken with Zardari by phone. »
The Government of India requests an urgent US response to the pending request, last taken up March 23, 2005, for assistance required by the Indian side from US authorities in connection with the IC-814 hijacking case. »
McCain noted the enormous political pressures Indian leaders faced and urged Pakistan action against Mumbai attacker, Sharif said he recognized that Pakistan faced the same enemy and committed to work against the extremists. »
Appreciating the importance the USG attaches to religious freedom, Saran cautioned that this determination could have an effect opposite from that intended -- a strong emotional reaction which had the potential to polarize the Indian people.
Jaishankar complained that the United States "offers theoretical giveaways and requires us to whitewash their own complicity in breaking our rules. You promise us things in the United States, but you don't really offer reciprocity. Your system is not helpful."
India is likely to continue to vote along with Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) countries on issues related to the Middle East as it seeks to build up support for its candidacy for a non-permanent seat in the run up to October 2010 UN Security Council elections.
The Indians feel that the Pakistanis are reacting in the way they did following the attack on the Indian parliament in 2001, when "the usual suspects were rounded up and then released three months later."
Most experts believe the key to ending discrimination is a comprehensive education campaign starting at the primary level to teach acceptance of dalits, a topic completely absent from India's public school system.
PDASD Shivers, Ambassador Mulford, Foreign Secretary Menon, and Defense Secretary Singh initialed on May 29 a text for End-Use Monitoring for self-protection suites (including LAIRCM), clearing away the largest obstacle to finalization of the sale of head of state aircraft to India.
Although a few Punjabis see the possibility the Mumbai attacks could have been launched in Pakistan, overall politicians and lawyers in Punjab province believe that India should look to internal insurgent groups as the sole actors of the Mumbai attacks. »
Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon told Ambassador Mulford November 29 the terrorist attacks in Mumbai were "on a whole new level" and that he looked forward to closer cooperation with the U.S. as the "silver lining" of the tragedy. »
"The UPA wants at least to learn what the hijackers, who they believe are in our custody, know of the operation. To prove our new strategic partnership extends to the intelligence areas, we should share fully what we know."