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Professor Imtiaz Ahmed analyzes US-India Relations


Dr Imtiaz Ahmed is the Professor of International Relations in the University of Dhaka . In this exclusive interview with VOA Bangla Service, Professor Imtiaz Ahmed analyzes the evolution in US-India relationships in view of the fact that Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has begun his four day state visit .

He says that since the days of cold war the relationship has gone through sea changes. Previously the relationship was minimal, confined essentially to diplomatic norms but now it has transformed into active engagement and cooperation both in military and civil sectors.

He says that India is apprehensive of any possible change in US policy towards Afghanistan if the US makes some concessions with the Taliban which could give Pakistan an upper hand. Hence Indian Prime Minister is concerned about the alleged contributions that Pakistan might be making to the Taliban.

The U.S.-India civilian nuclear agreement approved by the U.S. Congress in October 2008 and signed into law by then President George W. Bush ended a 30-year ban on sales of nuclear fuel and technology to India. In exchange, India agreed to open up its civilian nuclear facilities to international inspection. This has an impact on US-India relationship.

He also mentions about US assistance to Pakistan and says how these countries could be benefitted . A better relationship between US and India and Pakistan can have its very positive impact on meeting the challenges militancy in Bangladesh.

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