India Hardly Gets Any Play In John Bolton’s New Book

John Bolton’s new book The Room Where it Happened went on sale on June 23. The White House had attempted to block the publication on grounds that it contained classified information. Bolton was also the target of President Donald Trump’s tweets, with the president calling his former advisor “grossly incompetent and a liar”.

The book has sparse pickings about India – and even those are largely related to either multilateral agreements or other foreign policy priorities like Iran. The clearest anecdote in the book, which throws some light on Trump’s relationship with India, is set on the sidelines of the Trump administration’s campaign against Iran, following Washington’s withdrawal from the nuclear deal.

Bolton also mentioned India – and China – in connection with his advocacy for the US to ‘unsign’ the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT). “Other nuclear powers like China and India have either not ratified or not signed the treaty, which is why it has still not entered into force.”

The only standalone reference to a foreign policy issue directly related to India was a short mention of the February 2019 crisis that erupted following the Pulwama terror attack.

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