If there is one thing that external affairs minister S.M. Krishna should avoid next week when he meets US secretary of state Hillary Clinton, it is to complain about India’s trouble with terrorism and the role of its western neighbour in fomenting trouble in our territory.
There is little the US can do about it. And raising the issue makes it appear that India is less than capable of handling its problems and those in its neighbourhood.
The issue he should raise, for sure, is that of the revised Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) guidelines and how they smack of double dealing on the part of the US. He certainly should make it clear to his visitor that unless the NSG issue is resolved to India’s satisfaction, the US should say goodbye to setting up any nuclear power plants in this country.
The US is a friend of India, but some firmness in dealing with it is needed, for now.