Q.2) India and the US have come a long way since the 1990s. Both countries have already agreed on an ambitious agenda for bilateral, regional and global cooperation. Yet, a paradox stands out as some of the questions that animate the discourse in India have not changed since the 1990s. Comment. (15 Marks)

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  • https://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/into-us-partnership-antony-blinken-joe-biden-narendra-modi-7423761/
  • In the intro, mention the convergence of interest of both the countries in the changing geopolitical realities.
  • In the body, highlight the factors that indicate contradictions by first mentioning the deepening of India-US relations on various fronts from political and security cooperation, expanding economic engagement, widening interface between the two societies, and the intensifying footprint of the Indian diaspora etc. In the next part, mention the questions that still remain relevant such as the US’s stand on Kashmir, the US position on democracy and the human rights issues in India, the level of commitment in support against China etc.
  • Conclude by mentioning the need to turn the Indo-US partnership from a perennial curiosity to a regular affair.
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