HRD minister Kapil Sibal talks of allowing Harvard and Yale and Stanford to set up shop in India. Environment minister Jairam Ramesh does a u-turn on climate change. Commerce minister Anand Sharma talks of reviving the Doha round of WTO talks. The US ambassador in India, Timothy Roemer, publicly thanks the UPA government for allocating land for two nuclear plants.
Is the UPA, in its second innings, taking a decidedly pro-US turn, slowly, secretly but surely?
Yes, says Parsa Venkateshwar Rao Jr, in DNA:
“There is no need to look for conspiracy theories that prime minister Manmohan Singh and some of his cabinet colleagues are taking decisions that send out a clear signal that India-US relations will be closer in UPA’s second term. But there is a need to talk about it openly, even debate it, and express objections at least in some cases.
“The BJP will not do it because its leaders do not have the time or the inclination to argue the case either way. The communists can rant as much as they like but no one is likely to take them seriously. The tendency of Singh to do things quietly will only raise doubts and suspicions when there need be none. What appears murky about the Singh government is not the deeds so much as its refusal to do them openly.”
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