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The promise and the pitfalls of the quantum leap in Indo-US ties

Raj Chengappa

New Delhi,ISSUE DATE: Jul 10, 2023 | UPDATED: Jun 30, 2023 18:01 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with President Joe Biden during an arrival ceremony at the White House, Washington DC, June 22; (Photo: Getty Images)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with President Joe Biden during an arrival ceremony at the White House, Washington DC, June 22; (Photo: Getty Images)

June 8, 2016. As Prime Minister Narendra Modi rose to address the joint sitting of the US Congress, he was greeted with a standing ovation. In the chair were US Vice-President Joe Biden and the House Speaker Paul Ryan. At his eloquent best, Modi told Congress members that relations between the two countries had “overcome the hesitations of history” and concluded with a line from Walt Whitman’s ‘To Think of Time’: “The orchestra have sufficiently tuned their instruments—the baton has given the signal.” A new symphony, he added, is in play.

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