Lalmohan wrote:actually I think little has changed. we are not central to American thinking - and we will be less so under Trump. We are not central to Russian thinking. both sides will pay us lip service whilst they focus on their euro/atlantic frontier power balance. the only benefit is that we 'may' have a freer hand with Pakistan than previously - depending on what else is going on
1) I agree that not much has changed, and furthermore, at the moment it is foolish to expect much to change. The hyphenation and tier-N treatment of India has been there and is there. What I would like to add is that, that is true (no change) at both ends, the Indian analysts are where they were
2) The recent introduction of "strategic" - as I have posted many a times - is the narrowing of alignment in one or two areas. Just that these one/two areas are SO important to the two nations they have taken on a meaning of their own
3) India will be the ONLY governing factor to break up #1. No one else will or even can do it. Forget this or that nation supporting Indian seat at the SC - nope. ONLY India can (and will) work her way to that seat (which I do not think is worth the effort)
4) "Transactional" - which national relation is not? US-Israel? US-Russia? US-UK (on Israel)? To think that a national relation is non-transactional is .............. They ALL are, have been and will always be. Israel is not giving India techs because they love India. Neither did the Soviets give India what they did because of some love or great friendship - there are plenty of horror stories their too
5) Having said all that, I am very bullish on "India" and her rise. I agree about the lip service, but that - IMVVHO - will change. It will, however, remain transactional, but India will be important enough to be FAR more than an afterthought. BUT, it will be up to Indians - no one is going to ask India to the table. That should not be expected.