Re-engineering the Market - Section 2
The U.S.’s largest challenge in its attempt to form a partnership with India was its prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru. As a key figure in India’s independence movement from the British Empire, Nehru believed that colonialism, rather than communism, threatened international peace. In many ways, he saw the United States as buying the influence of foreign governments through economic dependence, which was a sentiment also held by much of Indian society.
In many ways, Chester Bowles conformed U.S. diplomacy to the needs of India. Conscious of the fact that India’s was skeptical of the United States, the ambassador carefully courted the friendship of Nehru. Through their conversations, Bowles developed a foreign policy that supported Indian initiatives to bolster its agricultural production and, in turn, allowed the United States to encourage stability to the country.