Cyclone Ockhi left a path of devastation to life and property in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Lakshadweep, and further north. But the puzzling fact remains why thousands of fishermen were at sea, even as the powerful cyclone approached. After the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004 December, alert mechanisms were believed to have been set up.
The stars are aligned in the political firmament to make US-India relationship the world’s strongest and most important strategic partnership. India and the US must seize this opportunity. In doing so, they will be able to work more closely on issues ranging from international terrorism, the rise of an Asian hegemon, to economic development.