Obama in India: Nuclear deal on fast-track

The path-breaking India-US nuclear deal that transformed the two countries from estranged democracies to engaged democracies in the summer of 2005 is set to inch closer to fruition during the forthcoming visit of US President Barack Obama to India.
With barely days to go before Obama touches down in Delhi on a historic visit – the first time an American president will be coming in as the guest of honour at the country’s Republic Day celebrations – senior officials of both sides are locked into intense last-ditch negotiations to resolve festering issues related to India’s civil nuclear liability regime.
Technical quibbles aside, what has fuelled optimism about the implementation of the nuclear deal is the new energy and synergy in the India-US relations, which have been epitomised by President Obama accepting Mr Modi’s invitation to visit India within months of the latter’s visit to Washington in September last year. In this ambience of renewed optimism, the world’s oldest and largest democracies are expected to raise the bar for their overall engagement.

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