Obama's India visit: Agenda and Expectations

The head of the world's most powerful democracy US is set to visit the world's largest democracy India at a time when Indian economy is witnessing revival after years' long decline in economic activities.

On his last visit to India in November 2010, US President Barack Obama had announced a series of business deals worth more than $10 billion at a time when the US economy was still reeling from recession.

Then while addressing the joint session of the Parliament, he had declared his commitment 'to make the relationship between the two countries a defining partnership of the century ahead'.

This time he is visiting India to attend the Republic Day parade as the chief guest, a first for a US President.

With the two leaders set to make progress in a number of areas, hopes are high this time.

During his recent India visit, Secretary of State John Kerry said, 'The civil nuclear deal will be one of the four specific areas we are going to try to make some progress during Obama's visit to India.'

Even though the two countries had signed civil nuclear deal in 2008, but it never came into effect due to India's reluctance to pass legislation shielding suppliers from liability in the event of a nuclear accident.

Facts suggest that India is important for the US and vice-versa. India's huge population makes it one of the world's biggest hubs of workforce and consumers. It has the potential to emerge as an economic superpower. India stands as the democratic counterbalance to Communist China.

India needs US cooperation on the issue of terrorism, especially that emanating from Pakistan and access to high technology goods like in the nuclear field.

During Prime Minister Narendra Modi's US visit in September 2014, the two countries had agreed to increase the trade to $500 billion.

PM Modi's team is working hard to turn India into world's biggest manufacturing hub. For that to happen, massive foreign investment is required. President Obama's India visit can be of a great help in this regard.

Courtesy Niti Central

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