India South Asia’s hegemon
At India’s bidding, smaller countries in South Asia toe the Indian line in regard to the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation and other international forums. In 2005, Washington showed its intention ‘to help India become a major world power in the 21st century (K. Alan Kronsstadt, Congressional Research Service Report for Congress, India-US Relations updated, February 13, 2007, p.4). It was later re-affirmed by US ambassador David Mulford in a US embassy press release dated March 31, 2005. This resolve later translated into modification of domestic laws in order to facilitate export of sensitive military technology to India. The Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) also relaxed its controls to begin exports to India for its civilian nuclear reactor (enabling the country to divert resources to military use).
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