“maintenance” and “from time to time, an upgrade”. India managed to bring back Khobragade, a 1999 batch IFS officer, who could have been jailed for years had the allegations been substantiated in an American court.
“What I have encountered since my arrival is the sense that this situation should never have happened. But since it did, we will now have to work through this problem. That is part of the conversations underway. But what the issue does highlight is the need for greater sensitivity, for better understanding and for stronger oversight of our ties,” said ambassador Jaishankar who was earlier India’s envoy to China and the one who was a strong contender for foreign secretary’s job that finally went to Sujatha Singh’s way.
Calling the fundamentals of India-US relations as sound, Jaishankar added how the dialogues between the two nations moved well beyond the orthodox stocktaking of bilateral issues to those such as defense cooperation, counter-terrorism, homeland security, energy, education, health etc. If the fundamentals are sound, why then the sentiments are so weak?
“The India-US relationship arrived - some would say, at last - and by doing so, ended the romance of the phase of courtship…As we settle into the partnership, it takes a different mindset to address the less exciting chores of maintenance, upkeep and progress. The danger here is that individual problems that may well have been dismissed in the earlier era can now dominate the narrative,” Jaishankar said.