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  • The President's Crown Jewel

    03/21/2006 4:10:28 AM PST · by unionblue83 · 4 replies · 296+ views
    front page magazine ^ | 21 march 2006 | Robert T. McLean
    President Bush’s early March visit to India will turn out to be an historic event. While the agreement for the United States to provide India with advanced civilian nuclear materials and technology has been the focus of concentrated scrutiny, the geopolitical significance of this emerging partnership will help shape events in Asia for the century ahead. With India forecasted to emerge as the world’s most populous nation and an economy that is developing at a rate of over seven percent a year, New Delhi is poised to become an essential ally to the United States for the foreseeable future. When...
  • US-India nuclear deal could be worth 100 billion dlrs

    03/10/2006 7:02:32 PM PST · by nypokerface · 12 replies · 519+ views
    AFP ^ | 03/10/06
    WASHINGTON (AFP) - A landmark US deal extending civilian nuclear technology to India could open up 100 billion dollars in energy business ventures for Americans, a top US business group said. US President George W. Bush and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh clinched the deal in New Delhi last week that still requires US Congress approval for implementation. It gives India access to long-denied civilian nuclear technology in return for placing a majority of its nuclear reactors under international inspection. "This agreement could provide the US business community with 100 billion dollars worth of new opportunities in India in the...
  • An evening with the stars, under the stars - Rashtrapati Banquet for President Bush

    03/06/2006 8:05:42 PM PST · by An_Indian · 33 replies · 589+ views
    An evening with the stars, under the stars Image: Rashtrapati Bhavan, all lit up for the occasion. Rashtrapati Bhavan can overwhelm virtually anyone. The breathtaking view of the dome as one rides up Raisina Hill, a glimpse of the Jaipur column, then the building itself, a majestic monument in two shades of sandstone. When he arrived at the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan on Thursday morning to be accorded the ceremonial welcome India grants visiting heads of State, George Bush was, we guess, unprepared for the pomp and the pageantry that awaited him. Back in July when Prime Minister Manmohan...
  • Secret Service dogs live it up

    03/04/2006 2:01:59 PM PST · by wagglebee · 47 replies · 1,286+ views
    BBC News ^ | 3/3/06 | BBC News
    While US President George W Bush was checking into the presidential suite at one of Delhi's top hotels, a group of canines belonging to his security detail were enjoying similar comfort nearby. Some 17 dogs belonging the K-9 squad of the US Secret Service have also been put up at top Delhi five-star hotels, Indian media reports say. Special rooms have apparently been booked in the Sheraton hotel, where Mr Bush is staying, and at the equally plush Le Meridien hotel. The German Shepherds and Labradors are staying in rooms which cost more than $200 a night. Early on Thursday,...
  • US critics slam Indo-US nuke deal

    03/05/2006 11:09:19 AM PST · by INDIAN_REPUBLICAN · 10 replies · 252+ views
    EXPRESS INDIA ^ | Friday, March 03, 2006
    WASHINGTON, FRIDAY 03: US critics accused President George W Bush on Thursday of selling out weapons non-proliferation goals in order to close a landmark nuclear deal with New Delhi, hardening battle lines as the US Congress prepares to debate its fate. Congress and the 44-nation Nuclear Suppliers Group must both approve the agreement, which would allow India, after three decades of pariah status, access to billions of dollars in US and other foreign atomic technology and fuel to meet its soaring energy needs. Although many US lawmakers favor closer ties with the world's largest democracy, non-proliferation advocates said details that...
  • Bush says outsourcing benefits U.S. in long run-India's growing middle class seen as a key market

    03/05/2006 7:33:01 AM PST · by SJackson · 171 replies · 1,979+ views
    Chron.com ^ | 3-5-06 | JULIE MASON
    JULIE MASON Copyright 2006 Houston Chronicle Washington Bureau NEW DELHI - It's a touchy, politically charged issue and President Bush dove right into it last week, defending outsourcing as a reality of the global market that should be embraced, not feared. "Globalization provides great opportunities," Bush said, although he conceded that "people do lose jobs as a result of globalization, and it's painful for those who lose jobs." Outsourcing is still in its early stages, but nonetheless cuts to the heart of American anxiety about the economy. Bush, who has an MBA from Harvard, takes the long view of what...
  • Bush, and the bushmen

    03/04/2006 11:21:13 PM PST · by Raj13008 · 10 replies · 747+ views
    The Indian Express ^ | Tavleen Singh
    Even as someone who has difficulties with many aspects of President Bush’s policies I found myself on his side last week when the streets of Delhi and Mumbai filled up with the sort of people who oppose him. They were a motley crew. A melange of Marxists, Islamists and well-meaning loonies of activist genre and if they should ever be in a position to create the world of their dreams it would be a totalitarian, Marxist, Islamist theocracy. How scary is that? Give me the US of A any old time. It is a free society as is our own,...
  • India, US have reasons to trust each other, say experts

    03/04/2006 11:37:05 PM PST · by CarrotAndStick · 10 replies · 471+ views
    The Times of India/ The Sunday Times ^ | 5 March, 2005 | The Times of India/ The Sunday Times
    NEW DELHI: US President George W. Bush has in 48 hours in India won over many a hardened sceptic by pulling off a historic new deal that experts hail for giving India a strategic weight and potential and removing two 'Ps' from the relationship. "There is now no reason for the US and India not to trust each other," Lalit Mansingh, a former ambassador to the US, said, capturing the new comfort level between the hitherto 'estranged democracies'. Mansingh, who was foreign secretary when the India-US rapprochement started and bilateral ties took a turn for the better during Bill Clinton's...
  • Priests Purify Shrine After Bush Visit (Why Is This News?)

    03/05/2006 1:45:16 AM PST · by albyjimc2 · 77 replies · 1,568+ views
    NEW DELHI - Hindu priests who look after the memorial of Indian independence leader Mohandas Gandhi conducted a purification ceremony at the shrine after a visit from President Bush. But it wasn't the president who offended them, it was the sniffer-dogs who scoured the area ahead of his visit. After the dog visit, the memorial was cleansed with water brought from the Ganges river, which Hindus consider holy, the Hindustan Times newspaper reported Sunday. Bush visited the memorial on Thursday during his three day visit to India. The site, where pacifist icon Gandhi was cremated, is considered sacred and all...
  • (Hindu) Priests purify shrine after Bush visit

    03/05/2006 5:25:22 AM PST · by NYer · 34 replies · 1,235+ views
    ABC News ^ | March 5, 2006
    NEW DELHI Mar 5, 2006 (AP)— Hindu priests who look after the memorial of Indian independence leader Mohandas Gandhi conducted a purification ceremony at the shrine after a visit from President Bush. But it wasn't the president who offended them, it was the sniffer-dogs who scoured the area ahead of his visit. After the dog visit, the memorial was cleansed with water brought from the Ganges river, which Hindus consider holy, the Hindustan Times newspaper reported Sunday. Bush visited the memorial on Thursday during his three day visit to India. The site, where pacifist icon Gandhi was cremated, is considered sacred and all...
  • A day in the life of President Bush (3/4/06): Photos from Pakistan

    03/04/2006 5:43:44 PM PST · by Wolfstar · 273 replies · 4,031+ views
    PRESIDENTIAL NEWS OF THE DAYL President and Mrs. Bush and the presidential party have safely left Pakistan for home after a remarkable 5-day trip to nuclear rivals, India and Pakistan. Using diplomatic finesse his detractors claim is beyond him, the President balanced vists to both countries while achieving a significant civilian nuclear technology treaty with India. As I post this thread, there are no photos of the presidential party arriving home in Washington.
  • Weekend Talk Show *Preview* for 3/2/06 - 3/3/06 (not the live thread)

    03/04/2006 10:12:22 AM PST · by Phsstpok · 61 replies · 2,066+ views
    Network and Cable News Networks | Network and Cable News
    Journal Editorial Report (Paul Gigot) - FNC show page Meme: Iran is the real problem and we can't win in Iraq because we haven't "taken care" of themBush made a very important foreign policy trip - did anyone notice? Topics: Is Iran outsmarting the U.S. in the fight for the hearts and minds of the Iraqi people? (per FNC web page)Is Iran waging war against Americans in Iraq? (per Opinion Journal web page)President Bush makes history abroad, but is dogged by controversy at home (per FNC web page)A debate over President Bush's South Asia trip and his nuclear deal with...
  • Bush: Outsourcing painful, but remedy is worse

    03/04/2006 2:25:11 PM PST · by Gengis Khan · 341 replies · 4,531+ views
    CNN.com ^ | Friday, March 3, 2006 Posted: 1640 GMT (0040 HKT)
    NEW DELHI, India (CNN) -- Praising India's expanding economy, President Bush warned Friday that fears about job outsourcing to other nations should not prompt the United States to limit global trade. "It's ... important to remember that when someone loses a job it's an incredibly difficult period for the worker and their families," Bush said in a speech in New Delhi. "It's true that some Americans have lost jobs when their companies move their operations overseas," he said. "Some people believe the answer to this problem is to wall off our economy from the world through protectionist policies. I strongly...
  • President Bush Press Conference (IN PAKISTAN) LIVE THREAD!

    03/03/2006 10:52:09 PM PST · by MJY1288 · 442 replies · 9,171+ views
    FOX NEWS | 3/4/06
    President Bush will hold a Press Conference at 2:00 AM est live from Pakistan and Fox News will cover it
  • Bush hunt: Grooms for daughters

    03/03/2006 8:14:10 PM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 88 replies · 3,979+ views
    US President George W Bush might have the weight of the world on his shoulders but he is also a concerned father. "We are also trying to get our daughters married," Bush told Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy, who informed him that his son and daughter were both married and that he has four grandchildren. Bush and his wife Laura arrived in Hyderabad on a five-hour visit during which he met farmers, scientists and women members of self-help groups at the Acharya NG Ranga Agriculture University and met young entrepreneurs at the Indian School of Business. "How many...
  • U.S., India Partners in Cause of Liberty, Bush Says

    03/03/2006 4:34:58 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 294+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Steven Donald Smith
    WASHINGTON, March 3, 2006 – With support from the United States and India, the universal value of freedom has the power to change the world for the better, President Bush said in New Delhi today. "The United States and India, separated by half the globe, are closer than ever before, and the partnership between our free nations has the power to transform the world," Bush said on the second day of his two-day stay in India. "India in the 21st century is a natural partner of the United States, because we are brothers in the cause of human liberty." Bush...
  • A Day in the Life of President Bush -(photos) - 3.03.06

    03/03/2006 5:11:06 PM PST · by MJY1288 · 224 replies · 3,511+ views
    White House, Yahoo | 3/3/06
    Today the President Bush was in India and left there for Isamabad, Pakistan early this morning. Security for the President and the first lady has been a major undertaking by our Secret Service and the Pakistani Security Sevices. The President will be leaving Pakistan within the next 12 hours
  • More Pics from India

    03/03/2006 2:59:06 PM PST · by samsonite · 21 replies · 1,414+ views
    Various | March 3, 2006 | Various
    President Bush at Purana Quila President Bush with farmers in Hyderabad,India President Bush with young entrepreuners in Hyderabad,India
  • It's not a holiday, but it beats Dodge

    03/03/2006 11:43:32 AM PST · by JZelle · 246+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 3-3-06 | Wes Pruden
    Every president knows the feeling. Troubles, migraines and vexations pile up at home, and it's impossible to resist the temptation to pack up and beat it out of Dodge. This trip was planned before anyone could imagine that recriminations over Katrina, spying on terrorists and outrage over turning U.S. ports over to unsavory foreign managers would converge in misery for the president. But with a fortnight like the one he's had, George W. Bush might well find Afghanistan, Pakistan and even Baghdad more congenial than Washington. He feels particular affinity for Gen. Pervez Musharraf, the president of Pakistan who foiled...
  • Bush Defends India Job Outsourcing

    03/03/2006 9:21:04 AM PST · by Wolfie · 126 replies · 1,609+ views
    C-Net News ^ | March 3, 2006
    Bush Defends India Job Outsourcing President George W. Bush on Friday defended job outsourcing to India during a whistlestop tour of an Indian technology city as Muslims clashed with Hindus and police in protests against his visit. Bush's five-hour trip to the southern city of Hyderabad came a day after he sealed a landmark civilian atomic cooperation deal with New Delhi that recognizes India's status as a responsible nuclear power. "People do lose jobs as a result of globalization. And it's painful for those who lose jobs," Bush told an entrepreneur during a discussion at Hyderabad's Indian School of Business....
  • Three Killed in Anti-Bush Protest

    03/03/2006 8:44:25 AM PST · by areafiftyone · 12 replies · 469+ views
    protest against a visit to India by US President George Bush turned into a clash between Hindus and Muslims today that left three people dead and 18 injured, police said. The violence in the city of Lucknow, capital of Uttar Pradesh state, erupted when dozens of armed Muslims tried to force Hindu shop owners to shut their stores to protest Bush’s visit, said police spokesman Surendra Srivastava. Police have since brought the violence under control, he said. Bush left for Pakistan late today. The Lucknow clash came amid anti-Bush demonstrations in various Indian cities by communists and Muslim groups, which...
  • Bush India Nuke Deal Outsources Reactor Tech Support

    03/03/2006 7:36:51 AM PST · by Tarkin · 12 replies · 559+ views
    Scrappleface ^ | 2006-03-02 | Scott Ott
    (2006-03-02) — As part of an historic nuclear deal between the U.S. and India, President George Bush announced today that officials at U.S. nuclear power plants who experience technical difficulties will call a toll-free number to get immediate help from a tech-support center in New Delhi. “Our friendship with the people of India grows stronger every day,” said President Bush. “It’s good to know that from now on, when a nuculer reactor starts to overheat, or meltdown, the plant manager can call on the world leaders in concise and courteous customer service. They’ll hear that cheerful voice saying, ‘Hello, my...
  • Why Bush's wooing of India is personal

    03/02/2006 11:45:16 PM PST · by iPod Shuffle · 1 replies · 718+ views
    From Monsters and Critics.com South Asia Features Why Bush`s wooing of India is personal. By Martin Walker Feb 28, 2006, 19:00 GMT NEW DELHI, India (UPI) -- When President George W. Bush introduced his wife Laura to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the White House last July, he added -- with real enthusiasm -- \'Not one Indian Muslim has joined al-Qaida.\' Even before he arrives Tuesday for his first visit to this country of 1.1 billion people, Bush had developed a warm personal sense of approval and support for the world`s largest democracy. Back in his re-election campaign in...
  • Bush: U.S. Shouldn't See India As Threat

    03/03/2006 4:23:14 AM PST · by Flavius · 9 replies · 347+ views
    ap ^ | 3.3.06 | DEB RIECHMANN
    HYDERABAD, India - With U.S.-India relations at their highest mark in six decades, President Bush said Friday Americans should see the rapidly growing nation as a land of opportunity instead of a threat. ADVERTISEMENT "The U.S. will reject protectionism," Bush said here in one of India's high-tech hubs that's driving economic expansion. "We won't fear competition. We welcome competition." Bush wrapped up his three-day stay in India with a landmark nuclear deal that is the centerpiece of America's new romance with this 1 billion-strong democracy, the world's largest. Later Friday, he was heading to Pakistan for an overnight visit under...
  • But the Reds' frowning glory flops: Bush in India

    03/03/2006 1:38:05 AM PST · by CarrotAndStick · 10 replies · 498+ views
    The Pioneer ^ | Priya Kapoor/ New Delhi | The Pioneer
    The march organised by the conglomeration of Left organisations on Thursday and joined by the Samajwadi Party protesting the visit of US President George Bush was not a patch on a similar protest organised by the Islamists at Ramlila grounds a day earlier. So what with comrades failing to ignite their cadre and the early warnings posted by the Traffic Police, most Delhiites had a smooth ride on the Capital's streets. The people took the traffic restrictions seriously and either avoided the routes that were blocked or reached their respective destinations quite early in their determination to get by another...
  • Bush: U.S. Should Welcome Competition

    03/03/2006 3:34:12 AM PST · by Flavius · 19 replies · 425+ views
    ap ^ | 3.3.06 | DEB RIECHMANN
    HYDERABAD, India - President Bush urged Americans worried about a U.S. job drift to India and other countries to welcome, not fear, competition with this rapidly growing nation of 1 billion. ADVERTISEMENT "The classic opportunity for our American farmers and entrepreneurs and small businesses to understand is there is a 300 million-person market of middle class citizens here in India," Bush said Friday during a discussion with young entrepreneurs at a business school here, "and that if we can make a product they want, that it becomes viable." A day earlier, Bush and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh inked a...
  • US critics slam Indo-US nuke deal

    03/03/2006 12:22:19 AM PST · by saganite · 12 replies · 445+ views
    Indiaaaj.com/Reuters ^ | Friday March 3 2006 | staff
    WASHINGTON: US critics accused President George W Bush of selling out weapons non-proliferation goals in order to close a landmark nuclear deal with New Delhi, hardening battle lines as the US Congress prepares to debate its fate. Congress and the 44-nation Nuclear Suppliers Group must both approve the agreement, which would allow India, after three decades of pariah status, access to billions of dollars in US and other foreign atomic technology and fuel to meet its soaring energy needs. Although many US lawmakers favor closer ties with the world's largest democracy, non-proliferation advocates said details that had so far emerged...
  • Indian anger at Bush's petal tribute to Gandhi

    03/02/2006 6:08:30 PM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 79 replies · 1,659+ views
    Telegraph ^ | March 3, 2006 | Peter Foster
    President George W Bush faced a chorus of protest as he honoured the memory of Mahatma Gandhi during his visit to India. Before signing a historic nuclear deal yesterday, Mr Bush, a believer in the doctrine of military pre-emption, sprinkled rose petals over the memorial to the philosopher of non-violence. The short trip to the Rajghat in New Delhi, with Mr Bush and his wife Laura barefoot, preceded a triumphant statement heralding a new era of co-operation between the two countries. Arundhati Roy, the Booker Prize-winning novelist and social activist, wrote that millions of Indians would "wince" as Mr Bush...
  • Musharraf to push Bush for similar deal as India

    03/02/2006 6:21:57 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies · 366+ views
    Hindustan Times ^ | March 2, 2006
    Pakistan on Thursday said it had no objection to the Indo-US nuclear deal but would seek a similar arrangement from Washington when President George W Bush arrives in Islamabad on Saturday. "We have no objection. This is a deal between India and the United States," Information Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed told reporters here reacting to the Indo-US agreement on the civilian nuclear energy cooperation. He, however, said President Pervez Musharraf would take up the matter with Bush when the US leader arrives here after his visit to India and seek a similar arrangement for Pakistan as well. Pakistan Foreign Office,...
  • A Day in the Life of President Bush -(photos) - 3.02.06

    03/02/2006 5:58:56 PM PST · by snugs · 242 replies · 4,491+ views
    www.yahoo.com www.whitehouse.gov ^ | 2nd March 2006 | Snugs
    The President and the first lady continue their far east tour, today they attended several events in India There was an article that referred to the First Lady as the "Queen of America" showing that she has the ability to win hearts all over the world. Ohio pinged me to the thread about this article earlier and also the dose ping, in case you missed the ping here is a link to that thread. 'The queen of America had come' and Laura Bush debuts on Indian telly: PICTURES The Vice President gave a speech at the National Summit on Retirement...
  • Abandon nuclear weapons, China tells India

    03/02/2006 10:03:28 AM PST · by CarrotAndStick · 62 replies · 1,507+ views
    HT/ Reuters ^ | Beijing, March 2, 2006 | HT/ Reuters
    China urged India to abandon nuclear weapons and strengthen atomic safeguards as President George W Bush and the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh sealed a controversial nuclear pact on Thursday. Under the deal signed while Bush visited Delhi, the United States offered India nuclear fuel and technology in return for India agreeing to put a wall between its civilian and military nuclear facilities and place its civilian programme under international inspections. Some US lawmakers and nuclear experts have criticised the deal, saying it weakens international safeguards, especially the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which India has refused to join. China added its voice...
  • Atomic agency hails US-India deal (IAEA and ElBaradei Support the Nuclear Deal!!)

    03/02/2006 5:15:41 PM PST · by indcons · 50 replies · 666+ views
    BBC ^ | Thursday, 2 March 2006 | BBC Moonbats
    The head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog has welcomed a nuclear agreement between the US and India. International Atomic Energy Agency chief (IAEA) Mohammed ElBaradei said it would boost non-proliferation efforts. The UK and France also hailed the deal. But it was criticised by some members of the US Congress, who said it would lead to the spread of nuclear weapons. Under the accord, India gets access to US civil nuclear technology and opens its nuclear facilities to inspection. US President George W Bush - who finalised the agreement with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Delhi - called...
  • Congress divided, but IAEA backs US-India deal

    03/02/2006 4:44:10 PM PST · by mylife · 10 replies · 278+ views
    WASHINGTON: The US Congress was divided on the groundbreaking India-US nuclear cooperation agreement finalised on Thursday by President George W. Bush and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, even as the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) came out in support of the deal. Members of the Congress who have traditionally supported the deal, like Joe Wilson and Joe Crowley, sent out a "Dear Colleague" letter to members of the house urging them to support the pact that requires the Congress to change US laws for its implementation. At the same time, others like Ed Markey vocally opposed the agreement on the grounds...
  • I've never seen a reception so grand: Bush

    03/02/2006 4:35:47 PM PST · by voletti · 32 replies · 901+ views
    Indian Express ^ | 3/2/06 | PTI
    New Delhi, March 2: US President George W Bush was on Thursday accorded a ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhawan. President A P J Abdul Kalam warmly welcomed Bush at the forecourt of the historic Rashtrapati Bhawan, where Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his cabinet colleagues were also present. The US President took salute from the inter-services guard of honour with anthems of India and America being played in the background. Bush arrived on Wednesday on a three-day visit. Later talking to reporters, an elated Bush said, "I have been to many capitals around the world. I have never seen...
  • Officials Say Military Relations With India, Pakistan 'Excellent'

    03/02/2006 3:12:37 PM PST · by SandRat · 177+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Mar 1, 2006 | Jim Garamone
    WASHINGTON, March 1, 2006 – While economic and political discussions will dominate President Bush's time during his visit to India and Pakistan, security issues also are important. Bush will meet with leaders in India and Pakistan over the next three days. As part of the trip, he visited Afghanistan today and conferred with Afghan President Hamid Karzai. Pentagon officials speaking on background characterized U.S. military relations with India and Pakistan as excellent. India, with 1.1 billion people, is an increasingly important trading partner, and is the largest democracy in the world. Pakistan is a frontline state in the global war...
  • Bush Ushers India Into Nuclear Club

    03/02/2006 3:07:08 PM PST · by flixxx · 38 replies · 808+ views
    ap news ^ | Mar 2, 4:23 PM (ET) | TERENCE HUNT
    NEW DELHI (AP) - Reversing decades of U.S. policy, President Bush ushered India into the world's exclusive nuclear club Thursday with a landmark agreement to share nuclear reactors, fuel and expertise with this energy-starved nation in return for its acceptance of international safeguards. Eight months in the making, the accord would end India's long isolation as a nuclear maverick that defied world appeals and developed nuclear weapons. India agreed to separate its tightly entwined nuclear industry - declaring 14 reactors as commercial facilities and eight as military - and to open the civilian side to international inspections for the first...
  • Laura Bush: Bitten by the acting bug (India visit)

    03/02/2006 3:07:42 AM PST · by CarrotAndStick · 3 replies · 670+ views
    Rediff ^ | March 02, 2006 14:55 IST | Rediff
    It was lessons in counting from none other than the US First Lady Laura Bush when she met the directors of Indian version of the famous American cartoon serial Sesame Street in Noida Thursday. Participating in the shoot of one of the episodes, Laura, not minding the take or re-takes, was a sport while acting with the lead characters of the serial Chamki. She might be a novice at acting, but the mother of two, Laura, knew how to charm the kids when she interacted with Shubham and Satyam at the sets. Received by the Noida administration at the Eagle...
  • New Era With India (Editorial)

    03/02/2006 1:30:22 AM PST · by indcons · 3 replies · 310+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | March 2, 2006 | Bob Hillman
    Name the forces that will shape the world of the 21st century: economic globalization, democracy vs. dictatorship, the emergence of Asia, the role of Islam, the centrality of information technology, nuclear proliferation, global warming. The one spot on the map where they all converge is India. That's why President Bush's visit this week to the world's largest democracy – projected to end the century as its most populous nation – is more than an exotic photo op. In the decades to come, America's relationship with India is certain to be very important. It is also likely to be somewhat tricky....
  • Bush elated with welcome (India)

    03/01/2006 10:12:57 PM PST · by indianrightwinger · 82 replies · 1,445+ views
    United States President George W Bush looked cheerful as he was accorded a ceremonial reception at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Thursday morning. Bush exchanged more than the usual two words of greeting with Finance Minister P Chidambaram and Commerce Minister Kamal Nath during the introductions to Dr Singh's ministers. A visibly elated Bush later told reporters, "I have been to many capitals around the world. I have never seen a reception as well organised and as grand as the reception we just received."
  • India, US seal nuclear cooperation pact: TV

    03/01/2006 11:14:29 PM PST · by indcons · 87 replies · 1,585+ views
    Reuters ^ | Mar 2, 2006 1:56 AM ET | Reuters
    NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India and the United States have sealed a controversial nuclear cooperation pact, the centerpiece of President George W. Bush's first visit to the world's largest democracy, Indian news channels said on Thursday.
  • Keep Bush away from Gandhi memorial, says US peace group (barf alert)

    03/02/2006 2:27:01 AM PST · by voletti · 52 replies · 752+ views
    Yahoo news ^ | 3/2/06 | ANI
    Washington, Mar 1 (ANI): The Washington based peace group, Peace Action, has said that US President George W Bush should be kept out of the Mahatma Gandhi memorial at Raj Ghat during his visit to India, as he "knew nothing about non-violence". It said Gandhi was a man of non-violence and peace and was a hero to people all over the world. Bush on the other hand, knew nothing about non-violence and the Mahatma would in no way condone his actions. As such Bush should refrain from paying his respect at the memorial and reconsider his "cynical, disrespectful display of...
  • Kalam to Bush: We are the world [Pres. Bush's Visit to India]

    03/01/2006 7:11:16 PM PST · by indcons · 47 replies · 740+ views
    Indian Express ^ | Thursday, March 02, 2006 | Shiv Aroor & Nitya Rao
    THIS 1985 chartbuster will set the tone when US President George W Bush bites into ginger prawns and American pineapple salad with French dressing at the Rashtrapati Bhavan banquet tomorrow evening. Written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Ritchie, and sung by over 40 of America’s top popstars to raise funds for Ethiopia, this number is not a random selection. As Cyndi Lauper’s words waft across the Mughal Gardens— Let us realise that a change can only come when we stand together as one—the theme is clear: the new warmth in Indo-US ties. But before President A P J Abdul Kalam...
  • Ash to miss luncheon in honour of Bush

    03/01/2006 10:43:45 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies · 417+ views
    Hindustan Times ^ | March 1, 2006
    Bollywood's leading lady Aishwarya Rai would not be seen at the luncheon being hosted by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in honour of visiting US President George W Bush in Delhi on Thursday. Rai's secretary Hari Singh told a news agency that she had already left for Brazil when a request that she attend the event came from the Ministry of External Affairs. "We received a phone call from the protocol officer in MEA seeking her presence at the lunch, 40 minutes after she left for Brazil on Tuesday," Singh said. "We have informed the Ministry via e-mail that she would...
  • Howdy, George (Excellent editorial from The Indian Express)

    03/01/2006 5:40:15 PM PST · by indcons · 13 replies · 749+ views
    The Indian Express ^ | Thursday, March 02, 2006 | Shekhar Gupta
    George W. Bush, who arrived in the capital last night, wouldn’t have encountered those protesting against his visit. Even if he did, Bush, who sees protestors every day outside White House, should be delighted at the vigorous freedom of expression practised in the world’s largest democracy. More so because the major message from vox populi seems a welcome, not a protest: opinion polls in India have consistently shown strong popular support to both the US and the president in the last few years. Bush’s personal standing in this country seems higher than in many other countries, including perhaps, at this...
  • What a buddy you have, Mr Bush!

    03/01/2006 1:47:06 AM PST · by Arjun · 53 replies · 1,345+ views
    What a buddy you have, Mr Bush! March 01, 2006 Dear President Bush, As you embark on your courageous visit to Pakistan, the adopted homeland of Osama bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri, Mullah Mohammed Omar and other brutal killers of hundreds of your fellow citizens, may I request you to spare a thought for your fellow citizens and for the nationals of other countries who continue to die at the hands of international jihadi terrorists given sanctuary in Pakistan? May I, in particular, request you to spare a thought for a young American man called Daniel Pearl, who was kidnapped and...
  • Bush’s homage to Gandhi ‘trivial exercise’ (Barf alert)

    03/01/2006 5:34:15 PM PST · by voletti · 11 replies · 249+ views
    Daily Times ^ | 3/2/06 | AFP
    NEW DELHI: The descendants of India’s freedom icon Mahatma Gandhi said on Wednesday that plans for US President George W Bush to pay homage at a memorial to the hero were “a trivial exercise”. “Merely going to Raj Ghat doesn’t make him (Bush) a votary of peace. His faith in war and weapon supremacy is to be criticised,” Tushar A. Gandhi, a great-grandson of the Indian freedom campaigner, told AFP by phone from the western city of Mumbai. Tushar Gandhi said that though he opposed Bush’s “war policies”, he was not against the US president honouring Mahatma Gandhi, who advocated...
  • Howdy, pardner (Hindustan Times Editorial)

    03/01/2006 4:44:58 PM PST · by mylife · 24 replies · 411+ views
    Howdy, pardner March 1, 2006 India should welcome George W. Bush. The world's largest economic, military and cultural power, the United States, has the ability to do a great deal of harm, as well as a great deal of good to us. In the past 60 years, it has done both. America's ties with Pakistan undermined Indian security as nothing else could have. The US-sponsored jehad against the Soviet occupiers in Afghanistan left a detritus of arms and explosives, not to mention jehadis, in our region. But US aid has also left a legacy of the Green Revolution that helped...
  • 5-star rooms for US ‘officer dogs’

    03/01/2006 4:37:58 PM PST · by voletti · 19 replies · 694+ views
    Daily Times Pakistan ^ | 3/1/06 | Ifthikar Gilani
    NEW DELHI: An argument broke out between US security personnel and the management of the Le Meridien Hotel in New Delhi on Wednesday over the accommodation of 60 sniffer dogs that are part of President George W Bush’s security entourage. The US Embassy booked 70 rooms in the hotel in the Indian capital, where Bush will travel on Thursday. However, the hotel management was surprised to find that the rooms had been reserved for dogs. US security personnel accompanying the sniffer dogs were offended when the management told them that dogs were not allowed on the hotel premises, saying that...
  • Manmohan Singh frisked for Bush (Whoa!)

    03/01/2006 4:36:25 PM PST · by voletti · 16 replies · 693+ views
    Daily Times Pakistan ^ | 3/1/06 | Ifthikar Gilani
    NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who received US President George Bush at the airport in breach of protocol, was reportedly frisked by American agents when he was allowed to approach the president. The media was kept out of sight and hence could not see the incident, but BJP vice president and member of parliament Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi later told the media that it was an insult and humiliation for the nation to allow foreigners to check the Indian prime minister in his own land. Unprecedented security arrangements have been made for Bush who arrived here for a three-day visit...
  • US provides Pak with missiles before Bush visit

    03/01/2006 4:35:35 PM PST · by mylife · 4 replies · 174+ views
    US provides Pak with missiles before Bush visit Press Trust of India Islamabad, March 1, 2006|19:30 IST The US has provided Pakistan Air Force (PAF) with AGM-154 'Beyond Visual Range (BVR)' stand-off missiles, ostensibly to target terrorist hideouts. While state-run news agency said Pakistan has attained another landmark in modern missile technology by producing a joint standoff weapon system capable of hitting "over-the-horizon" targets with accuracy, 'Pakistan Observer' newspaper said the AGM-154 system was provided by US ahead of President George W Bush's visit to the country. According to the daily, the announcement of Pakistan acquiring the BVR missile system...