US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton arrived on Friday in Mumbai on a visit to India that includes talks she herself described as the most wide-ranging between the two countries. Among other things, she hopes to sign deals with India that would get American companies $20 billion in contracts for building nuclear power plants and delivering defence goods. This was disclosed by Assistant Secretary Robert Blake to a briefing for journalists. At the same time, Secretary Clinton herself, in an opinion piece published in an Indian newspaper on her arrival, told India that it needed to back Pakistan in the War on Terror. She pointed out that both countries had suffered terror attacks, which does not jibe with Indian claims to some sort of special status because of the Mumbai attacks last year. Secretary Clinton has not followed up that realization with its logical corollary, that the onus is on India to take steps which will improve relations with Pakistan to the point where the latter can shift some troops from its eastern border with the former, to its western, with Afghanistan. Most important to such an improvement is a solution to the core issue of Kashmir, in which the USA, parroting the Indian line, insists that there is a bilateral solution, and as Assistant Secretary Blake reiterated, the USA will not appoint a special envoy on Kashmir. This is despite India's solemn commitment to the international community as embodied in the UN, and its resolutions, a community of which the US is a member. The USA has in no way punished India for not obeying the international community, but has rewarded it with a civilian-use nuclear deal of which it appears that Ms Clinton's visit should yield the first fruits, in the power plants that would be built. The USA is also giving India conventional technology, presumably in the knowledge that it would merely fuel an arms race in the region. It seems that President Obama has swept his brave campaign promises under the carpet when faced with the demands of corporate USA.