Hype and no substance?


Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the U.S. has been less substantive than expected if one is to go by the report “Bill seeking special status for India fails in U.S Senate” (June 16). While the grey area over the nuclear liability bill still remains, Mr. Modi’s substantial takeaways have been the agreement to set up six Westinghouse reactors to be built in Andhra Pradesh and India’s entry into the MTCR. It remains to be seen what rabbit an outgoing President Barack Obama is going to pull out of his hat in order to bring India into the NSG. The Senators who repeatedly applauded Mr. Modi’s speech in the U.S. Congress appear to be back to work and business as usual when they rejected Republican Senator John McCain’s amendment bill seeking special status for India. Rather than lean excessively toward the U.S., Mr. Modi would do well to include both China and Russia as important regional partners and improve trade and investment with them.

Kangayam R. Narasimhan, Chennai

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