NEW YORK - If India wants to be seen as a major world power, it should behave like one by dropping its pretensions to nonalignment and stake out strong and constructive positions, including on resolving problems with neighbouring Pakistan, a leading American newspaper said Saturday. In this regard, The New York Times urged US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to encourage India to consider opening regional arms talks with Pakistan and China and drop its opposition to the nuclear test ban treaty in an effort to promote peace and stability in the region. President (Barack) Obamas efforts to revive arms control talks with Russia and his commitment to seek ratification of the test ban treaty mean that Mrs Clinton arrives (in India) with bolstered credibility, The Times said in an editorial. Noting that Indian PM Manmohan Singh and his Congress party have a strong mandate after the May elections, the newspaper said India has no excuses not to do more. The primary focus must be Pakistan. We are encouraged that India and Pakistan have resumed their dialogue, interrupted after last falls attacks in Mumbai by Pakistani-based attackers. New Delhi exercised welcome restraint when it did not retaliate. But tensions remain high. Mrs Clinton needs to assure India that Washington will keep pressing Pakistan to prosecute suspects linked to the Mumbai attacks and to shut down the Lashkar-e-Taiba group once and for all, it said. India also needs to help allay Pakistans fears. If resolving tensions over Kashmir - their biggest flashpoint - is not possible while Pakistan is battling the Taliban, then talks on water and environmental issues may be an interim way to seek common ground. The Times said one of Washingtons many concerns about the Indo-US nuclear deal was that it would make it easier for India to expand its arsenal - and drive Pakistan to produce more of its own weapons. With access to global fuel markets, India can use its limited domestic uranium stocks for weapons. President Obama and Secretary Clinton both endorsed the deal. Now they have a responsibility to do what President George W Bush never did: push India to stop producing more weapons fuel rather than waiting for a multinational treaty to be negotiated. That would make it easier to press Pakistan to do the same. Both India and Pakistan claim that they want only a 'minimal credible nuclear deterrent - but who knows what that means? During the negotiations on the nuclear deal, it said, the Bush administration had managed to persuade New Delhi to grudgingly support UN Security Council sanctions against Irans nuclear programmes. India now needs to do more, it said. The worlds wealthy nations have given Iran until late September to accept restraints on its nuclear programme or face consequences. We hope this time Indias arm will not have to be twisted and - if needed - it will use its trade clout to curb Irans ambitions. The Boston Globe said it is time for Mrs Clinton to address some of the issues, including pending defence agreements, with India. In a lead editorial, The Globe said, the US-India nuclear deal negotiated by the Bush administration has provoked anxieties in some quarters about a dangerous precedent for nuclear proliferation, but the deal has indisputably cleared the way for a closer relationship between Washington and New Delhi, the newspaper said. Now that the nuclear accord is a done deal and the Congress party has come back to power with bigger margin, it said, Mrs Clinton can address other outstanding issues in US-Indian relations. These include pending defence agreements between the two nations militaries, cooperation in the fight against terrorism, more educational exchanges, more US visas for Indians with advanced skills, and, perhaps most important of all, a meeting of minds on the need for coordinated actions to reduce the danger of catastrophic climate change, the daily said. The newspaper said when it comes to regional issues, Mrs Clinton should make the case that the expanding US-Indian relationship gives Indian leaders more strategic flexibility. It urged Mrs Clinton to convince New Delhi to stop trying to match their Chinese counterparts in backing regimes such as those in Myanmar and Sri Lanka, which according to the paper have committed human rights abuses against their own people. If a shared respect for democratic values forms the foundation for the burgeoning US-India partnership, Indian leaders should be able to heed any such counsel from Mrs Clinton. She could tell her Indian interlocutors that friends dont let friends become the enablers of abusive neighbours, it said.