'China wants a presence. India is unnerved by all of this,' Robert Kaplan, author of 'Monsoon: The Indian Ocean and the Future of American Power,' told a small gathering in Cambridge.
President Obama will visit India next month. But his staff may have taken a trip to the Golden Temple off the agenda as it would involve wearing head gear, possibly furthering speculation that he is Muslim.
The closing ceremony of the 19th Commonwealth Games began Thursday in spectacular fashion at the Indian capital's Jawaharlal Nehru stadium.
Many sports enthusiasts could not snag tickets, whether for lawn bowling or the swimming events – only to see plenty of empty seats in the stands later as they watched on TV.
Observers are pinning low turnout so far at the Commonwealth Games on low interest in sports and the host of problems that plagued the preparations.
New Delhi's chief minister has announced that all cleanup work at the village has been completed - after extending the original 48-hour deadline for four days.
A new health drink in India, where cows are revered, counts cow urine as a key ingredient.