'Not Romney or Obama, it's India that is the problem'

'The big problem in Indo-US relationship is not America, it's India. India has consistently been unable to deliver its part of this bargain,' Fareed Zakaria, Editor-at-Large of the Time Magazine, told CNN-IBN.

FP Staff August 06, 2012 13:01:59 IST

With less than 100 days left for the American presidential elections, analysts are trying to decode which on of them - Mitt Romney or Barack Obama - will be better for the Indo-US relationship. Fareed Zakaria, Editor-at-Large of the Time Magazine, said irrespective of who wins, America will have good relations with India.

"Both will be very good to India. United States has made a strategic decision, bipartisan it encompasses both the parties, that it is in America's interest to have good relations with India," Zakaria said to CNN-IBN.

According to Zakaria, it is India that has not performed to expectation.

Not Romney or Obama its India that is the problem

"The big problem in this relationship is not America, it's India. India has consistently been unable to deliver its part of this bargain," he said.

During the Bush administration, Zakaria said, India had a chance to deliver but failed miserably.

"Bush handed India on a platter more concessions than any American President had ever made on the nuclear issue and the Indians almost screwed it up. They were unable to get their act together, they were intransigent," he said.

"India could have much deeper economic, technological and strategic relationship with the United States," he added.

On the UPA government Zakaria said, "In Delhi you have a totally dysfunctional government that is unable to think strategically. It does not have the political power to make policy decisions."

He also criticised Indian bureaucracy, along with Indian political class, for being frozen in time and not looking at the future.

"There is also still within the Indian bureaucracy and India political class, many remembrances of the old kind of suspicions of America and the West and hangups of colonialism, nostalgia of non-aligned movement. That's what's holding back this relationship," Zakaria said.

Zakaria also said that Americans are always willing for a healthy Indo-US relationship,

"Americans are, as that that line goes in My Fair Lady, willing, wanting and waiting," he said.

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