"The spring 2014 election of Narendra Modi as India's prime minister has
buoyed what had been an often fractious bilateral relationship with Washington," it said. And "this relationship is becoming one of Obama's closest international bonds." "The U.S.-India relationship is clearly on the rebound. The two publics have more positive views of each other and the nations' leaders appear to like each other," it said.
"The stage seems set for Washington and New Delhi to deepen their cooperation on a range of shared concerns,aA Foreign Policy said dubbing it: "Modbama: A Budding Bromance." However, Carter Dougherty, also writing in Foreign Policy, noted that "Washington and New Delhi may be natural allies, but that doesn't mean that they see eye to eye on economic ties."
In fact, he suggested that trade was emerging as the "chief irritant in bilateral relations" and "creating a policy dilemma that will become only thornier with the continued rise of India and China."
Modi, Dougherty suggested, "may go down as the Indian leader who cemented a national strategy of hardheaded mercantilism, one protected by a close security relationship with the United States". "The trick, on this trip by Modi and in the future, will be to convince U.S. businesses that there are enough investment opportunities in India to trump complaints over trade policy and to keep Washington's eye on the fast-developing security ties between the countries," Foreign Policy wrote.
Taking into account India's strategic importance, it said, "Bilateral disputes over trade with New Delhi aren't worth fighting over." Comparing the U.S. trips of Pope Francis and Modi, the Los Angles suggested they had very different visits to America They both "landed in the U.S. last week in overlapping visits. They each lead a billion people worldwide, and drew crowds, worship and controversy while here", Times said. "There were tears, talk about climate change and the role of women," it said, but suggested "their itineraries shows some key differences". For one, it noted, a group of protesters outside the SAP Centre in San Jose accused Modi of an "agenda of hate and greed". According to reports, "one group even sent Mark Zuckerberg 250 bottles of hand sanitizer, each with the name of a person killed in the Gujarat riots of 2002, encouraging the Facebook chief to "wash your hands" after shaking Modi's". But as USA Today and a host of other U.S. publications noted "Silicon Valley has been only too happy to host Modi". "India is the world's fastest-growing major economy, representing a potentially lucrative opportunity for U.S. companies as smartphone and Internet access begins to spread," it said.