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2020 marks the arrival of the Indian-American voter | Opinion

Irrespective of who wins, Indian-Americans will be winners. November 3 will mark their arrival as major players, contributors and indeed, as citizens, in the political arena of the world’s second-largest democracy

The first survey conducted by AAPI Data, disclosed that nearly half of the Indian-American population (48%) identify themselves as Democrats, while 22% of the community identify as Republicans(AP)
Updated on Nov 02, 2020 07:04 PM IST
ByFrank F Islam

2020 is the year of Indian-Americans, and they’re not with Trump

There are many reasons the president hasn’t been able to move the needle substantially with the Indian-American community. First and foremost is the former vice-president’s long track record as a supporter of India, dating back to his Senate days.

These are among the dozen states that will decide the fate of Trump and Biden on November 3(AP)
Updated on Sep 29, 2020 08:09 PM IST
ByFrank F Islam

For strategic reasons, India must deepen defence ties with the US

With India hoping to meet most of its defence needs locally, as part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan, the US and its companies are ideally positioned to be the best partners and allies for India in that campaign

Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks to US President Donald Trump, New Delhi, February 25, 2020(REUTERS)
Updated on Sep 02, 2020 10:27 AM IST
ByFrank F. Islam

Covid-19: From the US, lessons on what not to do | Opinion

Driven by politics rather than science, Donald Trump took a set of reckless decisions. Here are 10 lessons

President Trump’s coronavirus playbook is a template for current and future national leaders on how not to fight a pandemic(AFP)
Updated on Jul 15, 2020 08:11 PM IST
ByFrank F Islam

The precarious status of H-1B visa holders in the US

Some sort of restrictions could be imposed even within weeks. In the proclamation, Trump directed the secretaries of labour and homeland security to review various visa programmes and recommend appropriate measures

H-1B was a big target for Trump in 2016, who repeatedly criticised it during the presidential campaign(Reuters)
Updated on Jun 06, 2020 07:37 PM IST
ByFrank F Islam

The US presidential election match-up is welcome news for India

It can do business with both Trump and Biden. But the latter will be a more friendly interlocutor, steady partner

Indians will not get to vote for the next president of the US. But Indian-Americans will. They should keep distinct differences in style and behaviour of Donald Trump and Joe Biden in mind when they cast their ballots.(AP)
Published on Apr 21, 2020 06:11 PM IST
ByFrank F Islam

Trump’s India visit was aimed at the diaspora vote | Opinion

In 2016, he received only a sixth of the Indian-American votes, while the majority went to the Democrats

The Trump visit differed from the previous presidential visits in one aspect. The trip was in essence a campaign stop as well. If the tens of thousands of white hats audience in Motera reminded one of a MAGA rally, it was not coincidental(AFP)
Updated on Mar 01, 2020 07:22 PM IST
ByFrank F Islam

What the US, India and the world can learn from King and Gandhi

In January, 2020, India, the US, and the world, need more peace, love and healing. We need a renewal and a reawakening of our better angels. Those of us who understand this must hear the voices of King and Gandhi and step forward to “walk in the light” and to “be the change”.

In these polarised times in the United States, India, and indeed, around the world, Gandhi and King live on through their deeds and words(HT Archive)
Updated on Jan 30, 2020 07:02 PM IST
ByFrank F Islam

Engage with the diaspora critical to the Indian State

Their support is pivotal to US-India relations. For the sake of the future, the present should not affect the relationship

Pramila Jayapal has been critical of India’s actions in Jammu and Kashmir(AP)
Updated on Jan 20, 2020 08:07 PM IST
ByFrank F Islam

Why the US-China trade war has not helped India | Analysis

Delhi has failed to take advantage because of its own manufacturing weaknesses and disputes with the US

In fact, since Trump moved to the Oval Office, the US trade deficit with China has increased by more than $1 trillion. In comparison, during the first 32 months of Obama’s second term, the US deficit was a little over $900 billion(Getty Images)
Updated on Oct 30, 2019 06:57 PM IST
ByFrank F Islam

Analysis| PM Narendra Modi in the US: What are the stakes?

He will seek new economic alliances and reassure stakeholders that the slowdown in India is temporary

The significance of PM Narendra Modi’s Houston visit has been heightened by the fact the White House has announced that US President Donald Trump will participate in a major diaspora event to be held there(PM Office release)
Updated on Sep 17, 2019 08:58 PM IST
ByFrank F Islam

India and the US must approach the bilateral ties cautiously

Both sides must now look past Trump’s unfortunate statement and focus on addressing contentious issues.

India’s advantage is that it has the right person in S Jaishankar, a former envoy to US, to navigate ties with Washington.(PTI Photo)
Published on Jul 28, 2019 06:02 PM IST
ByFrank F Islam

Opinion | The Modi government must restart the reforms process

For India to grow and flourish, it should also focus on jobs, education, healthcare and climate change

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s victory in the general elections is a testament to his immense popularity across the country(PTI)
Updated on Jun 05, 2019 12:39 PM IST
ByFrank F Islam

Negotiation is the only way out of the India-US trade war

If India retaliates, there is little doubt that the Trump administration would respond in return and up the ante.

India should keep its eye on the big picture. Since the country began liberalising its economy in 1991, its bilateral trade with the United States has increased dramatically and India is the ninth largest trading partner of the US today.(REUTERS)
Updated on Mar 15, 2019 03:39 PM IST
ByFrank F Islam

The economy is moving in the right trajectory

In this year’s Ease of Doing Business report, India moved up 23 positions to reach 77th — the highest the country has ever been placed in the 15-year history of the survey. India must continue its journey on that path until it ranks at or near the top of the ranked countries

This is evidence that the flurry of reforms made by the Indian government to improve business conditions, after Modi’s promise to the global business leaders in the US Capitol, have paid off(AP)
Updated on Dec 05, 2018 06:34 PM IST
ByFrank F Islam

US-India trade relations: India should keep cool, keep calm, and carry on

India should ignore the US president’s rhetoric. It should continue to stay the course in its current approach to trade negotiations with the US.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump(PTI)
Updated on Nov 02, 2018 06:02 PM IST
ByFrank F Islam

US mid-term polls are a referendum on Trump

Just as in the legislative arena, the party that controls Congress will have a limited impact on India. This is because President Trump’s policies on international affairs have primarily been unilateral; he consults only a small circle -- and Congress doesn’t fall in that.

US President Donald Trump at a Republican fundraising campaign in Charlotte, NC, US, August 31, 2018(REUTERS)
Updated on Sep 14, 2018 05:27 PM IST
ByFrank F Islam
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