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“At no time in the history of Kashmir had the U.S. administration been on the side of India,” Mr. Sreenivasan said. “It marked the beginning of a spring in India-U.S. relations.”

By March 2000, Mr. Clinton had visited India and, Mr. Sreenivasan noted, “literally took [the nation] by storm.” Members of the Indian Parliament, he added, responded with a “spontaneous and indecent urge” to shake Mr. Clinton’s hand and be photographed with him.

Mr. Sreenivasan later served as ambassador to Austria, Slovenia and the United Nations before retiring in 2004.

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