In the last two months that he has been in the US representing his country, Jaishankar said the top five news have been incident involving one of Indian diplomats in New York, the downgrading of India’s aviation safety status, attacks on pharmaceutical industry, the US filing a WTO complaint on India’s solar industry and Congressional hearings on market access in India.
“It is not my case that these issues are not important. In fact, each one has not just significance but even lessons for the relationship. But it is my assertion that such headlines are not representative of the totality of our ties. What they actually do is to present a skewed picture of what is being built on a solid foundation of converging interests,” he said.
“We could well take the view that this is just another case of bad news being news and good news being detail. But I do believe that there is more to it than that,” he added. Jaishankar said Indo-US ties need to be worked upon at different planes. “There are pressing issues on the immediate agenda which require more give and take. But while doing so, we must not lose sight of the larger connect that provides an enabling environment where more ambitious visions could unfold,” he added. (PTI)