What’s in it for us? That’s what Indians seem to be asking as the election drama unfolds in distant US. Akrita Reyar contrasts the positions of the two presidential contenders vis-à-vis India. What Gore means for India
- Personality impact : Gore considered friend of India. Skills in foreign relations acknowledged. Understands global dynamics and nuances.
- Party impact: Vocal on matters related to proliferation. Likely to have a pro-active policy on Kashmir. But after President Bill Clinton’s visit to India, there is a new found warmth for India. Policies likely to keep in mind Indian concerns.
- CTBT: Pro CTBT. Will press India to sign
- Trade: Vocal on labour rights and environmental standards. May connect these with trade. What Bush means for India
- Personality impact: Few months back, George Bush did not even know the name of the Indian Prime Minister. Widely considered unsophisticated in foreign relations and is unlikely to have a global perspective. But has good advisers.
- Party impact: Views India as a major opportunity area and an important player in the future world. Unlikely to pester India with proliferation and Kashmir.
- CTBT: Opposes CTBT. Will not press India to sign
- Trade: Pro free trade. Will de-link trade with labour rights and environmental standards. This is in consonance with Indian stand.