That India’s relationship with the United States (US) has been transformed for the better might well be considered a given.1 Whether it be the subtler aspects of deepening cultural and societal exchanges, strengthened by the large diaspora of ‘Asian Indians’ — a legislative term introduced as early as 1980 — living inside the US,2 the more material issue of constantly rising trade levels, or the much vaunted subject of defence co-operation,3 there is little doubt that the present state of affairs is, at the very least, more positive and indicative of co-operation than at any point in the past.