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Bill, Buntings, Beginnings

Now for the real test: will all the euphoria prove a mere bubble, or will it yield something substantive in Indo-US relations?

Bill, Buntings, Beginnings
Bill, Buntings, Beginnings
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President William Jefferson Clinton stooped to conquer. With unsuspected sensitivity, tact and charm, he cajoled, persuaded and seduced a diffident India. He chafed against the limitations posed on him not only by a tight schedule but also the tight security around him. The Secret Service were often sweating in the sun because he would give to the crowd beyond its endurance. He revelled in the enthusiasm with which Indian parliamentarians scrabbled to shake his hand, almost rushing him off his feet. And he wore the angavastram thrown around his shoulders with pride. "He is a very humble person. He wanted to know all about our work and came back a second time to ask more questions," said a descendent of one of the craftsmen who built the Taj Mahal. The visit by ‘the most powerful man in the world’ was an unqualified personal success.

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