What could closer ties between the US and India achieve?
President Barack Obama has backed India's ambition for permanent membership of the United Nations Security Council, in a speech to the Indian parliament in Delhi. How important is the relationship between the United States and India?
Although it could take years before India has a seat at the council, analysts say the gesture highlights the importance the US places on its ties with the nation.
Earlier, Mr Obama said the relationship between the United States and India will be "one of the defining partnerships of the 21st century."
Indian PM Manmohan Singh said the two countries' partnership would be "defining and indispensable" for the coming decades. He said he and Mr Obama had agreed protectionism was detrimental for both countries, and that India was not in the business of stealing American jobs.
What is your view of the relationship? In what other areas can the two countries work together? What does the relationship mean for the rest of the world? How significant would permanent membership at the UN Security Council be for India?
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