[LEFT][FONT=Arial]Piggybacking on the anti-Iranian sentiments, an anti-India campaign seems to be gaining ground in the United States.[/FONT][FONT=Arial]This comes amidst escalation in tension between Iran and Israel and the United States slapping additional sanctions on the Iranian regime.[/FONT][FONT=Arial]The anti-India lobby, which was lying low for the past several years in the aftermath of the historic Indo-US civil nuclear deal, is using the opportunity to portray New Delhi as a 'villain' which is providing an escape route to the Iranian regime from international sanctions.[/FONT][FONT=Arial]This week alone, the Indian Ambassador to the US, Nirupama Rao, has received two letters - one from two key lawmakers and other from the powerful Israeli lobby in Washington - against India's relationship with Iran.[/FONT][FONT=Arial]Friends of India at the Capitol Hill and the Obama administration believe that this might gain momentum in the coming days as the anti-India lobby wants to capitalise on the popular anti-Iran sentiments here and vilify the India-Iran oil trade, quite ignorant of the fact that India's purchase of oil from Iran has come down in last few years.
the anti-India lobby here does not seem to take note of these publicly available figures and instead wants India to cut-off all its oil purchase from Iran; which experts say would plunge India into a deep energy crisis.[/FONT][/LEFT]