U.S.-India Relations Strained under Obama

U.S.-India Relations Strained under Obama

NEW DELHI -- U.S.-India relations have experienced a period of strain under the presidency of Barack Obama, with India increasingly unhappy about how the new administration is shaping its policy in the South Asian region.

It is not just one or two matters that have raised concerns for New Delhi, but rather the gathering impression over the last few months that some of the closeness in relations enjoyed under the Bush administration, exemplified by the U.S.-India civilian nuclear deal, is dissipating under Obama.

Some observers say that under Bush, Washington was more concerned about propping up India as a counterweight to China in the region. The diversion of the "war on terror" from Afghanistan to Iraq, too, effectively sidelined Pakistan, despite it being a long-time U.S. partner.

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