About the Book:
Since India achieved independence in 1947, political relations between India and the United States have never been close, and today a number of formidable obstacles hinder progress during the pathway toward closer ties between these two popular democracies. To understand why such obstacles remain, one needs to review-among other matters-the more recent history of India's close ties with the former Soviet Union, even as she proclaimed a policy of non-alignment. To understand why both Governments feel there is hope for improved relations today, one should examine the entire history, beginning with the World War II and post-war years during the United States supported Indian Independence from Great Britain, America's closest Wartime ally. In this book, the author describes the major issues, events, and personalities that have influenced India-U.S. relations from the Roosevelt administration. Although the book is arranged by the sequence of U.S. administrations, it clearly addresses audiences in both nations. The author whole-heartedly supports that only by understanding the ebbe and flow of relations over the entire half century may both Governments intelligently address the remaining impediments to friendlier relations. It is hoped that the book will prove to be useful to policy-makers, business officials, scholars and journalists, and to the general reader.