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A little more than eight years ago, on July 18, 2005, Dr Manmohan Singh embarked on perhaps his most audacious diplomatic mission -- to completely transform the long troubled relationship with the United States of America.
Much has happened in the years since. There have been many moments of exhilarating triumph as there have been moments of intense disappointment.
To mark what could be Dr Singh’s final visit to the United States as prime minister, India Abroad, the newspaper published from New York and owned by rediff.com, invited diplomats and strategic thinkers in New Delhi and Washington, DC, to assess the current state of the US-India relationship and suggest a road map for the future.
For the first time in the paper’s 43-year-old history, a Guest Editor was invited to edit the special magazine issue. One of the finest diplomats in the history of the Indian Foreign Service, Ambassador Nirupama Rao, brought her 40-year-old distinguished diplomatic career to bear on the rich portfolio of insights
What you will find in the Special Section are a colorful tapestry of views that profile what US President Barack Obama described as the most decisive relationship for this, the 21st century.
Ambassador Nirupama Rao: The Silent Revolution
Former US bureaucrat Karl F Inderfurth: The Need for Effervescence
US Congressman Ed Royce: Do not take this important relationship for granted
Ambassador Ronen Sen: ‘The relationship has been consolidated’
Ambassador Naresh Chandra: ‘Wait for the right opportunity’
US Representative Joe Crowley: We cannot turn back
Ambassador Kanwal Sibal: The plateau is at a high elevation today
South Asia expert Lisa Curtis: Restoring US confidence in the relationship
Dr Singh's former advisor Sanjaya Baru: The challenge for Obama and Singh
US strategic expert Richard Fontaine: Singh and Obama must look ahead
US strategic expert Marshall M Bouton: Renewing the promise
US strategic expert Robert M Hathaway: Betting on India
US strategic analyst Walter K Anderson: Dr Singh must show that you can do business in India
US strategic analyst Dhruv Jaishankar: Dr Singh must show that you can do business in India