India as an Emerging Power by Sumit Ganguly

By Sumit Ganguly

Those essays learn India's kinfolk with key powers together with the Russian Federation, China and the us and with key adversaries within the international enviornment within the aftermath of the chilly battle. One optimistic courting is that of India's relatives with Israel on the grounds that 1992.

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Competing histories, strategies, and policies spring from these different images of self and other. Pakistanis have long argued that the Kashmir problem stems from India’s denial of justice to the Kashmiri people (by not allowing them to join Pakistan), and by not accepting Pakistan’s own legitimacy. 27 For the Pakistanis, Kashmir remains the ‘unfinished business’ of the 1947 partition. Pakistan, the self-professed homeland for an oppressed and threatened INDIA AS AN EMERGING POWER 43 Muslim minority in the subcontinent, finds it difficult to leave a Muslim majority region to a Hindu-majority state.

30 Despite substantial tariff reductions, for instance, India still possesses some of the highest tariff barriers in the world. 31 Until India makes progress in the so-called ‘second wave’ of liberalization— including privatization, deregulation, freeing up capital flows, reducing subsidies, and reforming labor laws—the American business community is unlikely to find India an attractive venue for expansion. Yet real doubts persist whether the current government in New Delhi, or any likely successor, has either the will or the political muscle to push the reform agenda forward.

Another way to gauge the current state of Indo-American relations, and to determine where they might be strengthened, is to compare this relationship with 26 THE US-INDIA COURTSHIP other US bilateral relationships that have been deemed important, even ‘special’. Here one thinks, among others, of Washington’s ties to the United Kingdom and to Israel. And judged by this standard, one again cannot help but be impressed by the limited nature of US-India ties. What, historically, has made a relationship ‘special’ for the United States?

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