Narendra Modi’s US visit underplayed issues of diaspora; tiptoeing Donald Trump could push away Indian caucus
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has just returned from the United States, where he held bilateral talks with the new US President Donald Trump for the first time.
There have been mixed reactions with some analysts describing the trip as very fruitful to reaffirm the faith in the strategic ties between them the collaboration of defense between the two countries and the willingness to fight terrorism together under radical Islam.
But there are others who say, and quite rightly, perhaps, that the journey was devoid of striking and substance.
As the Indian-American professor Amit Gupta recalls this author, there are still five relations between India and the United States: government memory for government; The military-military relationship between Bangalore and Silicon Valley; The one that exists between the Indian students and universities of the United States; And, finally, the one that exists between the Indian Diaspora and India.
Prime Minister image Narendra Modi, United States President Donald Trump and First Lady of the United States, Melania Trump. The image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President of the United States Donald Trump and the first lady of the United States, Melania Trump.
Of these, the first two are those in which the Government of India attributes most of hope, but these are also the most problematic. In fact, relations at the political and military levels – which have increased significantly in recent years – seem to boast a bit.
For example, highly talked about cooperation in equipment purchase and investment defense has its obvious limitations, since India is in the minor leagues for US manufacturers compared to Saudi Arabia, which has signed an agreement of 110 billion Of dollars in arms.
On the other hand, when we talk about US investment in the Indian defense sector, it must be understood that the investable resources are in the private sector of the United States, which, in turn, make their own investment stops, according to With the infrastructure of the beneficiary countries, legal regime, the administrative mechanism and, above all, a broad political consensus on the liberalization of the economy.
And here, India is not up to it. There is another limiting factor: armor industries in India today inability to absorb technology that foreign companies are willing to transfer.
However, the other three parameters of the relationship between India and the United States are very important and have enormous potential to take to the country because they are less complicated. Unfortunately, under Trump’s presidency, there are serious questions about them, but the Trump-Modi discussions seem to have taken care of them properly.
In general, the relationship between Bangalore and Silicon Valley, which among students in India and US universities and between the Indian diaspora and India, means that there is free exchange of finance, technology, and people between India and the United States.
But it is precisely in danger today that the Trump administration imposes restrictions on the issuance of H-1B to the highly skilled Indians, discouraging American companies from investing abroad under the direction of generator jobs for Americans in America and, lastly , Of not doing enough to prevent racial attacks against the life and property of the Indians or those of Indian origin living in the United States.
Immigration policies Trump and the multiplicity of attacks on the Indians in recent months will definitely complement things.
It should be noted that the Indian diaspora to nearly 2.5 million in the US. – comprised of people of Indian origin (IOP) and non-resident Indians, including students, teachers, scientists, technologists – may account for approximately 1% of the total population of the United States, but this is one of the richest and The most qualified in the country.