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Hillary Clinton’s inbox, declassified

From the 4,000-plus emails of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton released by US officials, over 200 refer to India and its leaders including former PM Manmohan Singh and members of his Cabinet.

Written by Shubhajit Roy |
Updated: September 3, 2015 10:45:30 am
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 ‘I am still reeling from that historic 75 minutes’

From: Strobe Talbott (who also forwards a message from Jairam Ramesh)
Date: December 25, 2009
Background: Ramesh refers to the Copenhagen climate summit, and his meeting with Hillary and President Obama.

Excerpts: Message from India — and from down the street Hi, Hillary, and Merry Christmas. Hope you and the family are getting a bit of respite from it all. I’m sending you this message because-somewhat to my surprise-Jairam Ramesh has asked me to pass along a personal message, which is pasted below. I’ve known him since the 70s Cheers, Strobe… Dear Madam Secretary of State: It was wonderful catching up with you in Copenhagen. The opportunity to interact with President Obama and you at the very last minute to salvage the Copenhagen Accord at the US-BASIC Summit Meeting was fantastic and unforgettable for me personally. I am still reeling from that historic 75 minutes!! With greetings for Xmas and best wishes for the New Year, With warmest regards, Jairam Ramesh Minister of Environment and Forests India

Hillary responds: Happy New Year! Namiste! All good wishes for 2010. Thx so much for the message from four generations of Talbotts and Ramesh—quite a combo….

‘Your time with Antony was well spent’

From: Jacob Sullivan
Date: September 30, 2010
Background: After GE won the engine bid for LCA Mark II and then Defence Minister A K Antony returned to Delhi after visiting Hillary and then US Defence Secretary Robert Gates.

READ — Hillary Clinton inbox: Jairam ‘reeling,’ (Manmohan) doing good

Excerpt: ‘Your time with Antony was well spent’.
(Note: The email includes a news report on the engine bid as an attachment)

‘India’s broad political support for Copenhagen Accord’

From: Robert Blake
Date: March 3, 2010
Background: Former External Affairs Minister S M Krishna’s phone call and a clarification from the MEA.

I got the readout from the Secretary’s call to Indian FM Krishna, and I understand that she will convey India’s support for Copenhagen to the Brazilians. Right after the call, the MEA sought to clarify a key point, which moderates Krishna’s message. According to the GOI, the Ministry wants to underline that while the Minister had conveyed to the Secretary India’s “broad political support” for the Copenhagen Accord, it was not yet ready to be “listed” as a party to the Accord. But the GOI also understands that the listing process is a priority matter. I also understand that Todd Stern talked to Jairam Ramesh, the Indian Minister of Environment. I have not heard a readout yet, but Todd may have more information about…(Classified).


‘Singh is doing a good thing here’

From: Jacob Sullivan
Date: August 19, 2010
Background: Manmohan Singh called up the Pakistan PM after the floods in Pakistan.

Excerpt: Singh is doing a good thing here.
(Note: The email includes a Xinhua report on the Indian PM showing solidarity with Pakistan over the floods.)

Indian Home Minister’s appeal to media

From: Judith A McHale
Date: September 9, 2010
Background: Then Home Minister P Chidambaram appeals to media to help maintain communal harmony in view of a US pastor threatening to burn the Quran.

Excerpt: FYI, as Bob reported this morning. Note last sentence about action by “US Authorities”.
(Note: The email attaches the following PIB press release.)

“The Union Home Minister… P. Chidambaram has appealed to media to help maintain communal peace and harmony in the wake of reports of a pastor in the United States threatening to burn the holy Quran. In a statement issued here today, the Union Home Minister said that the act is calculated to increase strife between different religious groups… We hope that the US authorities will take strong action to prevent such an outrage being committed.

“While we await the action of the US authorities, we would appeal to the media in India – both print and visual media – to refrain from telecasting visuals or publishing photographs of the deplorable act. We would also appeal to the media to exercise great restraint over the next couple of days and help in maintaining communal peace and harmony.”

airplane One email refers to a deal for the C-17 Globemaster aircraft.

‘India says ready to test new nuclear missile within year’

From: Susan Riggs, Watch Officer, State Department Operations Center (forwards news report)
Date: February 10, 2010

Excerpt: (The email has a Reuters news report on how India is ready to test a new nuclear missile within a year)

‘I am pleased you are going to India’

From: Strobe Talbott
Date: June 14, 2009
Background: Before Hillary’s visit in 2009

Excerpt: I’m so pleased you’re going to India. It was your trip to the region, with Chelsea, in 95 that established the momentum for Bill’s. I’ll always remember you talk (with slide show) at State after you returned. I’ll send you tomorrow my book “Engaging India” now that you’re reengaging them.

‘India/Pakistan tension over 1960 agreement that regulates Indus River’

From: Maria Otero
Date: February 24, 2010
Background: Meeting with Richard Holbrooke, US Special envoy on Af-Pak
Excerpt: I met with Holbrooke today on water. Pakistani military called it their third most important strategic issue. Great worries about India/Pakistan tension over 1960 agreement that regulates Indus River. We agreed our teams will work together, most likely through the World Bank supporting the Abu Dhabi Dialogue, which brings together representatives from the seven countries that share the Indus River Basin. This is the best forum we know of where India and Pakistan can meet to discuss water issues. In the context of the shared waters memo and chart I gave you last week, this ranks as potentially one of the most conflict prone, and one where the US should engage to get the parties to work together. We are advancing well in developing a policy/action plan for you to announce on World Water Day on March 22… (At the time, Maria Otero was Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs, Department of State.)

‘Engaging India is a marvelous read’

From: Hillary Clinton
Date: July 16, 2009
Background: Hillary commenting on Strobe Talbott’s book

Excerpt: THANK YOU! Strobe—I really appreciate your help on the speech, along w all of your advice. I just finished reading “Engaging India” which is a marvelous read and sober reminder of how hard this work is. You may have heard me plug it yesterday at CFR! So, thanks my friend, Hillary.

‘Indians have expressed reluctance to announce C17 purchase’

From: Cheryl D Mills
Date: November 5, 2010
Background: Before US President Obama’s visit to India

Excerpt: Indians have expressed reluctance to announce C17 purchase; (US Ambassador Tim) Roemer still working it. (NSA Shivshankar) Menon said he’s optimistic civ-nuke issues will be agreed tomorrow. Mixed press coverage of President’s upcoming trip, including controversy over cost.

‘Roemer and Blake making good progress on nuclear liability issue’

From: Stephen D Mulls
Date: November 3, 2010
Background: Before US President Obama’s visit to India

(US envoy to India Timothy) Roemer and (Assist Secy Robert) Blake making good progress on nuclear liability issue, but we are not yet ready to raise public expectations.

Mukherjee postpones telephone call

From: Stephen D Mull
Date: August 23, 2010
Background: When India was discussing nuclear liability bill Finance Minister… (Pranab Mukherjee) has postponed his 0930 call with the Secretary this morning; Indian cabinet to make decisions on legislation by Wednesday.

India’s vote in IAEA

From: William J Burns
Date: November 27, 2009
Background: India’s vote on Iran at IAEA

Very good outcome in Vienna: 25 votes in favor, incl all 5+1 and India. Your personal efforts were key, and thank you again.

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