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Nuclear deal is in world interest, says PM
G Sudhakar Nair in New York | September 28, 2008 14:42 IST
Singh, who was on a five-day visit to the US, made these remarks at a reception hosted for him by the leading members of the Indian community in New York on Saturday night.
Singh said the Indo-US relationship is based on the twin pillars of principles and pragmatism and thanked the Indian American community for their supportive role in the progress of the agreement.
"The pluralism makes us both 'argumentative societies'--to use my friend Amartya Sen's term. As an 'argumentative people' we are bound to have our differences and to voice them that is what makes our relationship a lively one. The arguments that we have are arguments between equals, and not adversaries," he said.
Singh said that with the launch of the Chandrayaan moon mission, with two American instruments, next month the two countries will cross another milestone.
He pointed out that support for a strong India-US relationship cuts across party lines in both India and the US.
"The overall sentiment that emerges from our respective domestic debates is a strong positive endorsements of our strategic partnership," Singh said.
Noting that the Indian American community has become the "brain bank" of their adopted country, Singh hoped it would also become the "brain bridge" between India and the US in frontier areas of technology as well as in trade and investment.
He wanted each member of the Indian community in the US to be an active partner in the saga of adventure and enterprise to build an India free of want and exploitation.
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