India and U.S. work toward improving science ties


  • Randy Showstack


Two years after India set off several underground nuclear tests that rattled sabers and Indian-U.S. ties, the two countries now are edging back to normalization. One measure of that return to friendlier diplomatic relations is discussions on science and technology issues held during a recent, high-level roundtable meeting timed to Indian Prime Minister Atel Behari Vajpayee s official visit to the United States in September.

During Vajpayee s state visit, U.S. President Bill Clinton told his counterpart, I think we have worked hard together to move our relationship from one of too little contact and too much suspicion, to one of genuine efforts to build a long-term partnership that is in the interests of the people of India and the people of the United States.