When Obama Meets Modi: A Search For Common Ground

Their similar experiences may have opened a door to a personal relationship, but an upcoming summit will focus on what each country needs from the other.

An Indian kitemaker poses with kites adorned with images of US President Barack Obama (L) and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) in Amritsar on January 21, 2015

Photographer: Narinder Nanu/AFP/Getty Images)

It started with a phone call last May. On the line from Washington, D.C., was President Barack Obama calling to congratulate Narendra Modi, who had just won a landslide victory that would make him India's prime minister.

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