President Obama’s visit to India, and watching a Republic Day parade at Rajpath, was a pleasing display of collaboration between an oldest and a biggest democracy. Obama, keeping an eye on Russian-made T-10 tanks and Sukhoi-30, and chewing his nicotine gum, was probably thinking on strategies for selling “Made in USA” asala (weaponry)” to India. Indian politicians, policy think tanks, and diplomats, associated with foreign policy, have come to conclusion that 21st century geopolitical and economic outlooks are global. Earlier strategies of Non Alignment, (but aligning to Russia) or Nehru’s legacy, are slowly moving to Sham Shan Ghat (a Funeral Place).
America, a contemporary super-power, with biggest economy and scientifically cutting-edge military force, plays a foremost role in world politics. Americans consider collaboration, but they hold their interests paramount. The underlying characteristic of American culture is individualism or in other words, ” what do I get?” America will make agreements and deals (e.g., India) or doubt cooperation (e.g., Pakistan) with countries based on specific appraisal of their domestic interests in present-day context.
America perceives India as a large middle-class bazaar (Market) for it’s products such as iPhone and Whirlpool washing machines. Uncle Sam looks at India as a country with low-paying (but professionally skilled English educated) labor market for manufacturing, money-spinning defense, and nuclear energy agreements. Beside huge financial and trade prospects, America is also vigilant about their own interests; for example, implementation of prevailing laws for films and software piracy and protecting intellectual property rights through new and enforceable regulations. Understanding on decreasing carbon emissions and environmental protection also need a matched attitude from America and India.
Investors will show keen interest in India when stakeholders are self-confident that policies of Indian Gov. are amenable on reciprocal interests. India’s diplomats have made a pitch for India’s best interests during meetings with Obama and his American zatha (Conway). It is expected, that if promises are transformed into realities, it might help India to meet her energy needs in next five-to-ten years and create jobs in manufacturing sectors through “Make in India” program, whose success hangs with quality of products delivered. When jobs are created and with inflation rates low, Indians will have more money to spend, thus benefiting economic growths of both countries. Indians ought to appreciate American viewpoints and, focused on their own national interests, recognize them with modifications.