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
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
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.