May 7th, 2012
03:36 PM ET

Can Clinton’s India visit help pave way for more foreign investment?

When U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton decided to make Kolkata her first port of call on her visit to India this week, it took more than few people by surprise. Even in India, it wasn’t the most obvious choice for the in-demand diplomat to spend a day of her tight schedule in country’s eastern metropolis.

But in recent months, Kolkata, the capital of the state of West Bengal, led by its mercurial chief minister, has become a key battlefield on which the fight over foreign investment in India is playing out, and a high-profile visit may go a long way in advancing the U.S. position.

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Topics: Economy • Foreign Policy • India

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  1. krm1007

    All aid from USA to, jobs, technology, food, etc should be stopped immediately till the Indians follow the party line in Iran. No more double crossing will be tolerated otherwise the Chinese will be let loose on New Delhi.

    May 7, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Reply
    • indian

      u r dreaming if you think India is so dependent!

      May 8, 2012 at 3:29 am | Reply
  2. kind

    Spain, Italy, and Greece all gave up Iranian oil, despite their desperate need and economic interests, because Washington pressured them to. Is their any doubt that these nations are merely satraps of the Empire, which is leading them to their deaths?

    India should recall the horrors of the British Raj when Clinton asks them to give up Iran's oil. So India should volunteer for energy shortages, economic slowdown, and perhaps famine, so a fat lady can live in comfort on the other side of the planet?

    May 7, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Reply
    • Marine5484

      Thank you, kind. I couldn't have stated it better. No, India should never quit doing business with Iran so that this fat lady Hilary Clinton can live on the other side of the world, stuffing her face like the very pig that she is!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      May 8, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Reply
  3. GoatCurry

    Goat curry anyone?

    May 7, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Reply
  4. j. von hettlingen

    Chief minister of India's West Bengal state Mamata Banerjee, known as a "consummate politician" and her party as a "feisty rabble" had been named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people in the world and Hilary Clinton is also on this list. No doubt the secretary of state is a very shrewd diplomat. West Bengal is India's fourth most populous region. If she could win Banerjee's heart, she would open doors to U.S. investors. In the eyes of her prejudiced critics Banerjee is nothing but a "mercurial oddball and a shrieking street fighter". Clinton's visit in Kolkata has established Banerjee's importance vis-à-vis Delhi.

    May 7, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Reply
  5. Poke

    Clinton's visit exposes American foreign policy for Greed, Ignorance and Hatred. your markets so American companies can invest and make some money. We don't care about the development of an indigenous retail sector.

    Hatred......of Iran and Islam.....stop buying Iranian oil...we don't care if it makes you poorer and slows your development...we are haters what we the Americans say and adopt out values...we are superior

    May 7, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Reply
    • George Patton

      Thank you, Poke. You nailed it good. I find Hilary Clinton's unlimited arrogance and self-righteousness to be extremely nauseating!!!

      May 7, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Reply
      • J. Foster Dulles

        Thank you George and Poke. I couldn't agree more!

        May 7, 2012 at 11:39 pm |
  6. J. Foster Dulles

    Like Poke already stated above, we Americans do know how to hate and hate quite well. That is due to the ignorance running rampant across the country these days as the exponential growth of the Tea Party Movement evidences. That is how so many Republicans get elected into office and this will only get worse as time goes on!

    May 7, 2012 at 11:44 pm | Reply

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