Changing US Foreign Policy toward India: US-India Relations by Carina van de Wetering

By Carina van de Wetering

This ebook uncovers how US-India relatives have replaced and intensified in the course of the administrations of invoice Clinton, George Bush Jr., and Barack Obama. during the chilly warfare, US-India family members have been usually far-off and risky as India typically got recognition now and then of grave overseas crises, yet from the past due Nineteen Nineties onwards, the USA confirmed a extra sustained curiosity in India. How was once this shift attainable? whereas prior scholarship has interested by the civilian nuclear deal as a turning aspect, this publication offers an alternate account for this alteration by means of studying how India’s id has been built in numerous phrases after the chilly battle. It examines the underlying discourse and explains how this permits or constrains US international policymakers after they identify defense rules with India and enhance US-India relations.

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Like nearly all other analyses of US Cold War security policies toward India, I demonstrate that the security issues constructed in relation to India and the security policies toward India were often linked to US containment policy. I then discuss the attributes which are attached to the US and India’s subject-positions within the discourses. Similar to the literature on perceptions and images, this chapter shows that constructions of India and the USA are important for US foreign policy-making.

3 But even though Americans were interested in India’s struggle against the British, Katherine Mayo’s negative book Mother India (1927) was widely sold, going through 27 American editions and sold over a quarter of a million copies in the USA by the mid-1959s (Isaacs 1958, 270). Mayo argued for continued British rule because she claimed that Indian society was politically, culturally, and religiously backward. Not surprisingly, a 1928 poll indicated that immigrants from India were regarded “as the most undesirable” of all the new immigrants in the USA (Rubinoff 2008, 175).

Political frontiers were thus drawn between different subject-positions. Articulation therefore refers to the “process through which meaning is produced out of extant cultural raw materials or linguistic resources” 24 C. VAN DE WETERING (Weldes 1996, 285). g. nouns, adjectives, metaphors, and so on) are, in turn, linked and welded together into “associative chains”. In the process of articulation, linguistic elements are combined to create specific representations of the world (Weldes 1996, 285).

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