What the US election results mean for India

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’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.

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