ET has reliably gathered that the decision to send a team, comprising of senior armed forces officials among others, was made after Washington officially raised concerns over its highly advanced military equipment being exposed to the Russian origin S-400 air defence system.
India still tried to keep up the effort by agreeing to a joint investigation into the Pathankot attack and even let a Pakistan investigating team visit the base at the instance of the Sharif government.
The vote had a specific political logic to it. It was a master stroke aimed at paving Modi's 2019 path.
In 2019, the onus will be on other parties, including Congress, to show if they can take some hard decisions to reinvent and reposition themselves as dynasty-based parties.
Instead, Mattis confirmed his plans to travel to India in early September, which is now likely to be the occasion when the Indo-US 2+2 dialogue will be held.
The key for India would be how it positions itself. For this, New Delhi must shed the ambivalence of the past and be confident enough to set the terms of play.
India’s S-400 missile deal with Russia has become a sensitive issue with the US and it is learnt the country may persuade India to reconsider its choice.
Besides availability of equipment at all times, India wants it put down in the agreement that the US will not share data from Indian platforms with another country.
The terror incidents leading up to the culmination of Ramzan ceasefire gave the BJP a window of opportunity to call it quits on the basis of nationalist, anti-terror narrative.
India has to keep Washington strategically aligned to its core interests. Also, the US-Russia problems can't dictate New Delhi's relationship with Moscow.
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