17-year Mango Embargo on India Lifted by the US

As a result of George W. Bush’s recent visit, USDA and India signed an agreement that expects to allow import of mangoes within 18 months from India,  the world’s largest mango producer.  Whether the nuclear deal goes through or not, Dubya can add Indian mangoes to his legacy! (Via Food Museum Blog-Nice Post Tom and Meredith).

On a side note – we all know that Pakistan never misses an opportunity to compete with India. Why should mangoes be an exception?  

Here is Khalid Hasan writing in the Daily Times:  (Via Acorn Blog)

 “Pakistani mangoes, which by all accounts and all measures are far superior to any varieties that India can produce, will remain denied to American connoisseurs of the fruit, since Pakistan has made no discernable attempt to export to the US its mangoes and even its juicy and luscious kinoos (oranges), which India does not have.”

Notice how Khalid sneaks in a victory in oranges as well even before the race could begin! Maybe Pakistani superiority in mangoes and oranges did not make it to the White House briefing.  


  1. Anonymous said April 9, 2006, 9:02 pm:

    I was watching Lou Dobbs Tonight on CNN during the time of Bush’s visit to India, and I had a good chuckle when I heard the following quote from one of his viewers –

    Al in Pennsylvania wrote in to say, “Wow, I’m impressed with President Bush and his negotiating skills during his visit to India. They get nuclear technology and we get mangoes. Can’t wait to hear about the deal with Pakistan.”

    An interesting side note:

    I was trying to paste a link to the transcript to the program. However, I got the following error, when I did a preview of my post with the link to the transcript – “Disallowed script/javascript tag found“. The interesting thing here is that the link I had pasted – “http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0603/03/ldt.01.html” got changed to “http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0603/03/ldt.01.html” ” rel=”nofollow”

    Two interesting points –

    1. Good that blogharbor is making sure that the link is accessible and looking for comment spams.

    2. I understand the “nofollow” tag to disable comment spam. But need to find out why I get the disallowed script/javascript error.


  2. Anonymous said April 10, 2006, 11:57 pm:


    Thanks for the link to CNN. the transcript gives a sense for what America is going through these days.