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The Hindu published the US Embassy cable regarding the appointment of Shivshankar Menon as the NSA:

244959 1/22/2010 15:09 10NEWDELHI116 Embassy New Delhi CONFIDENTIAL 10NEWDELHI77 “VZCZCXRO5310OO RUEHBI RUEHCI RUEHDBU RUEHLH RUEHNEH RUEHPWDE RUEHNE #0116/01 0221509ZNY CCCCC ZZHO 221509Z JAN 10FM AMEMBASSY NEW DELHITO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 9220INFO RUCNCLS/ALL SOUTH AND CENTRAL ASIA COLLECTIVERUEHBJ/AMEMBASSY BEIJING 8199RUEHRL/AMEMBASSY BERLIN 1514RUEHLO/AMEMBASSY LONDON 7204RUEHMO/AMEMBASSY MOSCOW 3887RUEHFR/AMEMBASSY PARIS 2097RUEHVI/AMEMBASSY VIENNA 0468RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK 8824RUEHGV/USMISSION GENEVARUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHDCRHEHNSC/NSC WASHDCRHHMUNA/HQ USPACOM HONOLULU HIRHMCSUU/HQ USCENTCOM MACDILL AFB FLRUEIDN/DNI WASHINGTON DCRUEAIIA/CIA WASHDCRUEKJCS/JOINT STAFF WASHDC” “C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 03 NEW DELHI 000116

1. (C) SUMMARY: Former Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon was appointed India’s new National Security Advisor on January 22. M.K. Narayanan’s departure from the post signals the end of a bureaucratic tussle with Home Minister Chidambaram for authority over internal security. Menon will oversee a leaner portfolio drawing from his extensive diplomatic experience with Pakistan, China, and the United States, leaving Chidambaram with greater control over intelligence and internal security. Former Department of Atomic Energy Chairman Anil Kakodkar may also be brought into the Prime Minister’s Office to advise on nuclear issues, also previously overseen by Narayanan. Menon’s his depth of experience and knowledge of issues important to the United States should bring greater long-term strategic vision to the UPA-II government in tackling the critical foreign policy issues it faces. END SUMMARY.

A very clear-headed vision of US interests. In fact, it is interesting to read through all the released cables: there is wonderful clarity about US interests and a minute examination of Indian politics.

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Written by Arhopala Bazaloides

March 23, 2011 at 1:05 pm

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