The National Intelligence Council (NIC) has expressed that US relations with India may turnout to be 'less stable' and New Delhi's democratic character may make it difficult for Washington to deal with it in future.
A discussion paper that has emerged out of a seminar on Asian Responses to the US held by the NIC, on which all US intelligence agencies were represented, has said that US relations with India may turnout to be less stable and less predictable version of American relations with France.
"Ironically, India's democratic character may make it difficult for the US to deal with it in the future, partially because of the individuals that may be involved and partially because of structure."
There are a number of questions that need to be answered in order to understand India's emerging place in the world.
First, what is India's commitment to multipolarism? Second, what does India want, tangible gains or prestige? Third, is India obsessed with being autonomous and, if so, what are the implications of that?" the paper said.
The paper also casts doubt on the quality of Indian democracy saying India is not seen as a great democracy because the society still retains many of the vestiges of its historic feudal system.
The discussion paper emerged out of a seminar held on November 24, 2003 under the sponsorship of the NIC, but only published now.