Quid pro mango: The centerpiece of President Bush’s visit to India last week was the signing of an agreement in which the United States would give nuclear energy technology to India.
So what does the United States get in return?
“The United States is looking forward to eating Indian mangoes as part of liberalising trades and opening markets.”
— President Bush, in India, on Thursday.
That’s right. Mangoes:
After nuclear diplomacy, it was time for mango diplomacy between India and US…. In what can be called a juicy development in Indo-US trade, the US has agreed to consider lifting of sanctions on Indian mangoes. India produces 41 percent of the World’s mangoes and America imports 29 percent of the fruit produced worldwide. The mangoes are, though, just a drop in a much larger fruit basket of US.
Let’s recap: We give India nuclear technology, and in return we will buy their mangoes.