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Bush in India

December 12, 2006
I want that deal.' Four words that summed up why George W Bush became the fourth United States President to visit India -- after Bill Clinton in 2000, Jimmy Carter in 1978, and Dwight Eisenhower in the 1950s.

There were no Bushisms. Instead those four words, whispered immediately on setting foot in India, summed up the no-nonsense tone of the visit. Sure, he was awed by the welcome at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Sure, he made some faces that delighted cameramen and viewers alike. Sure, there were the soft stories of his meeting farmers and the American First Lady meeting Indian children. Sure, protests rocked the nation. But the Bush visit was landmark because of the civilian nuclear cooperation agreement -- the ball for which was set rolling during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's US visit in July 2005 -- between India and America.

A deal that was by no means easy to hammer out, but at the end the two leaders emerged all smiles. India's new status in the world order had been acknowledged. History had been made.

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Image: US President George W Bush at the Agricultural University in Andhra Pradesh.

Text: Sumit Bhattacharya
Photograph: AFP/Getty Images
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