Washington: Days ahead of US President
Barack Obama`s India visit, a prestigious American think tank
has cited the "wise words" of young Congress leader Rahul
Gandhi during a debate in Indian Parliament in which he had
emphasised on strengthening the Indo-US ties.
"Even if current Indian politics does not permit its
government to take its cues from (Rahul) Gandhi`s wise words,
there is no reason why President Barack Obama should stray
from his appointed course (on cementing the Indo-US ties),"
said a 40-page report on the bilateral relations released by
`Carnegie Endowment for International Peace`.
"After all, building a global partnership with India is
ultimately in the strategic interests of the United States."
These "wise words" as described by Ashley Tellis, the
author of the report, had been taken from a speech given by
Rahul Gandhi in Parliament during a debate on the Indo-US
civilian nuclear deal on July 22, 2008.
"The first thing is that we must never, ever let fear
be our guide. We must never take decisions based on the fear
of the unknown or what is going to happen if we act. We must
only act with one rule and that is courage... What is
important is that we stop worrying about how the world will
impact us and we step out and worry about how we will impact
the world," Gandhi was quoted as saying by the report.
The report titled `Obama in India Building a Global
Partnership: Challenges, Risks, Opportunities` came a year
after the President identified India as an indispensable
"By reaffirming the US commitment to aid India`s
growth in power and emphasising America`s fellowship with
India as it continues, in Jawaharlal Nehru`s words, `to build
a just society by just means`, Obama can help bring the two
countries together on shared interests and move their
relationship forward significantly," the report said.
"This process, undoubtedly, would be aided if India
were to move boldly as it has done before to cement its
strategic partnership with the US because of all the benefits
that come in its train: in geopolitics, in economics, and in
technology," it said.