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Opto-politics, and the world of diplomacy is often too seriously taken by all of us. As 2010 draws to a close, we would like to leave our readers with a few smiles and celebrations for 2011 – may it continue to be as pleasant and happyfull as always.

President Dmitry Medvedev, after a successful day in Delhi, today has a day full of meetings in Mumbai – including a visit to Bollywood studios. With strategic affairs behind, now his focus is on business and economic and cultural diplomacy.

If the reader reads the side-item about the Imagindia award for Masterful Diplomatic Words of the Year, one is struck by the dilemma facing Russia in its relations with India.

Will India create a scandal and be "badnam" (infamous) by falling head over heels in love with the US, or will India exploit its "jawani" (prime of youth) to seek the right partner in a wise manner?

Of course Russia, realizing that India will soon be an equivalent world power, does not want India to be fully in the US camp. Relations between Russia and India are on upswing now after decades of limbo, and Russia would like to re-assert a special relationship with India. As well it realizes that India will have various special relationships – including with the US. Hence the Medvedev-ian dilemma.

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"India now seems to be a beautiful, radiant bride. There are so many bridegrooms always around, proposing their kind and.....well, India is Russia's sister, we want a very good match for her. But we are very much against if that bridegroom could deceive one day", Russian ambassador to India Alexander Kadakin told reporters.
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