Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

In FT: Varshney Urges New US-India Relationship

November 5, 2010

As President Obama starts his visit to India on Saturday, how will he frame the two powers' relationship? Will he present the India-US friendship as an expression of core political values – freedom to vote, speak, move and worship, and tolerance of religious and ethnic diversity – that they share? Will he present that bond as a cornerstone of a new order, especially given the absence of political freedoms in a rising China? Will he even take the momentous step of endorsing India's bid for a permanent seat on the UN Security Council? He should," Faculty Fellow Ashutosh Varshney writes today in an op-ed in the Financial Times.