Tx Ramanna and Amit,body langauage tells one a lot.You are right.I think that MMS was a bit uncomfortable and his body language said a lot.This may be due to Obama's hectoring style,where he tends to "lecture" people,talking "at" them and not not talking "to" them.
Secondly and most importantly,people seem to have forgotten that MMS has had a great opportunity to study two consecutive US president's mano-a-mano and he would've made his own judgement as to which of the two he personally preferred and which of the two was better for India.He has had the unique opportunity of sizing them both up and also of being FM earlier with further insight into the ways of the US establishment over the last few decades.
Nevertheless,despite the wise counsel to "trust but verify",and the future US relationship with Pak should be very carefyully watched.Prem Shankar Jha,writing in a mag said that the US is actually going to deliver to Pak the equivalent of $10billion worth of arms over he next 5 years! This is a massive amount,that too at friendship prices.The quantum of military aid,with huge force multiplying weapon systems like TOW and AMRAAM missiles and P-3 LRMP aircraft are not meant to fight the Taliban ,but clearly aimed at India.Therefore,we have to as the Pioneer well put it,judge the US the same way in which we judge the Chinese.Listen to their talk of friendship but judge them on ground realities.
The two simultaneous visits of Obama to India and Cameron to China tells you more than any joint declaration.The wheel is turning full circle.The west today needs India and China as much as we need them,and their need is growing more. Pres.Sarko and Pres.Medvedev are also coming to India to reinforce India's importance in a changing world.
PS: A comment about the presence of "lobbyists" everywhere in Delhi during the Mess-iah's visit and the absence of lobbyists for "India" is a remarkable truth.We were told that Obama would be accompanied by hundreds of top US heads,flying into India in their private jets,etc.,etc.It is tyhese specimens who want to control the decisionmaking of India,so that they companies can walk away with massive global contracts.One disgusting MNC is Monsanto,the peddlars of GM crops,fatal for Indian agriculture.They use "contract killer" Blackwater,mired in massive warcrime scandals in Iraq,etc., to allegedly surreptitiously engage themselves in industrial espionage, influencing local scientists,politicos,decisionmakers,etc.Therefore,the lobbyist industry in India is a "sunshine" industry as the economy grows.The nation should fight for transparency in decisionmaking through the RTI and other consumer forums,which have enormous room for growth commensurate with the rise of lobbyist power.UNless we have several Ralph Naders active in the country,singletons like Jairam Ramesh will be few and far between safeguarding certain aspects of the nation's interests.