Thursday, August 19, 2010

The Bhopal email

National Security Council official in email to Indian government official:
"We are hearing a lot of noise about the Dow Chemical issue. I am not familiar with all the details, but I think we want to avoid developments which put a chilling effect on our investment relationship."
It sure doesn't look good (AFP reports the basics). I mean, this may not have been about the specific World Bank loan they were also discussing. And US-India relations aren't determined simply in emails like this. But still.

The email is a bit of now-public evidence, one that fits a broader pattern.

The Times of India says:
Senior government sources said that almost at every level, US officials were telling the Indian government to "resolve it and move ahead".
It's the easy position for the U.S., but of course the wrong one.


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