American policy toward India has shifted over time from neglect to one of significant attention. During the Cold War period, the American executive and congressional attitude were often hostile and critical toward India. In the mid-1950s, American strategic policies and concerns, the US-Soviet rivalry, Indo-Pak hostility, and India’s policy of non-alignment complicated Washington’s bilateral ties with New Delhi. In the changed post-Cold War scenario, the India-US relationship has overcome from the ideological baggage to a considerable extent. There has been a significant shift in the attitude of American policy makers, which has in turn paved the way for a robust India-US relationship. As American society has grown more pluralistic, and as the US government has grown larger and more decentralised, lobbying activities in the United States have also increased. Lobbying is an intrinsic part of the American political process. However, the history of Indian lobbying in the United States is of relatively recent origin. It is in this context that the book looks at the ways in which Indian lobbying acts as a catalyst in transforming the India-US relationship in the post-Cold War era, the events that explain their emergence, and factors that legitimise lobbying as an institution in US politics.
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Ashok Sharma, Author, Indian Lobbying and Its Influence in US Decision Making: Post-Cold War
Harsh V. Pant, Distinguished Fellow and Head of Strategic Studies Programme, ORF
Amb. H.H.S Viswanathan, Distinguished Fellow, ORF
Kartik Bommakanti, Associate fellow, ORF
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