Prashant Jha

Prashant Jha is the Washington DC-based US correspondent of Hindustan Times. He is also the editor of HT Premium. Jha has earlier served as editor-views and national political editor/bureau chief of the paper. He is the author of How the BJP Wins: Inside India's Greatest Election Machine and Battles of the New Republic: A Contemporary History of Nepal.

Articles by Prashant Jha

China parroting Russian propaganda; Xi-Putin in marriage of convenience: US

Speaking at the White House on Tuesday, John Kirby, the national security council coordinator for strategic communications, told reporters that the two sides had said that the purposes and principles of the UN charter must be observed and international must be respected

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Published on Mar 22, 2023 11:38 PM IST
By, Washington

US slams India on human rights practices in its annual report

In an annual report on human rights practices in India, the United States State Department has highlighted challenges to freedom of expression, cases of arbitrary arrests and detentions, extrajudicial killings, the confiscation and destruction of property without due process, discrimination against minority groups and infringement on the freedom of association, among other issues, in 2022.

US slams India on human rights practices In its annual report(REUTERS)
Updated on Mar 22, 2023 04:31 AM IST
By, Washington

US warned India of Chinese incursion: Report

The administration did not confirm the report. When asked about the claims in the story, John Kirby, the National Security Council coordinator for Strategic Communications told reporters at the White House, “No, I can’t confirm that.”

The report appeared to be referring to the India-China clash at Yangtse in Tawang in Arunachal on December 9, when Chinese troops unilaterally attacked two Indian outposts. Indian forces successfully repelled the incursion. (Representative Photo)
Updated on Mar 22, 2023 03:48 AM IST
By, Washington

Protests over action against Amritpal Singh erupt in 4 countries, India objects

In recent weeks, India has registered strong protests with Canada and Australia over activities of pro-Khalistan groups, including the holding of a so-called “Khalistan referendum”.

The Indian flag was later hoisted at the Indian High Commission in London. (PTI)
Updated on Mar 21, 2023 03:53 AM IST
By, , New Delhi/washington

Trump failed to disclose $47,000 gifts from India: House report

The findings are a part of a broader investigation which allege that Trump and his family failed to disclose over 100 foreign gifts worth $291,000 from several countries including Saudi Arabia, China, Japan, Qatar, Uzbekistan, Bahrain, Austria, Bangladesh, among others

Former US president Donald Trump delivers remarks on education as he holds a campaign rally with supporters, in Davenport, Iowa, US on March 13. (REUTERS)
Published on Mar 20, 2023 10:34 PM IST

India-US ties, and the entry of a new envoy into the mix

On Wednesday, after a prolonged and tortuous process, the United States (US) Senate confirmed Eric Garcetti as the next ambassador to India

But what does the former LA mayor think of India? Garcetti’s views on the relationship were most explicitly laid out in his testimony to the Senate in December 2021 during his confirmation hearings. (Reuters)
Updated on Mar 17, 2023 01:43 PM IST
By, Washington

Eric Garcetti’s nomination as India ambassador advances in US Senate

Washington: More than two years into President Joe Biden’s administration, the United States (US) Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) advanced the confirmation process for Biden’s nominee for ambassador to India, former Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti on Wednesday for a second time

Eric Garcetti (AP)
Published on Mar 10, 2023 12:29 AM IST

India-China ties to stay strained over next year, warns US intel report

The report was prepared in early February and released on Wednesday, as intelligence community leaders offered their assessment of threats to American security interests to the US Congress.

n a section on potential interstate conflicts, the report refers to India-China ties, suggesting that while the two countries have engaged in bilateral border talks and “resolved border points”, relations will remain “strained” in the wake of the 2020 deadly clash, a reference to the skirmish between Indian and Chinese soldiers in Ladakh’s Galwan Valley, along the Sino-Indian border, in June 2020. (Reuters File Photo)
Updated on Mar 09, 2023 10:50 PM IST

In defence of CPR, a fine public policy institution

A fair investigation must continue till its logical conclusion. but the action and narrative against CPR is a problem because as India grows, and challenges get more complex, it is a vital cog of this infrastructure

CPR has spent much of the last six months cooperating with the investigation and abiding by due process, and it has promised to continue to do so (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Mar 03, 2023 08:45 PM IST

With a strong administration record on India, Blinken arrives in Delhi

Biden is the fifth US president to invest political commitment in India. But his term, while representing continuity, has also marked a departure

US President Joe Biden and secretary of state Antony Blinken (in picture) have recognised India’s constrains, accepted its unique status, treated India’s concerns with respect, made New Delhi a partner in global conversations, dealt with differences with maturity, and taken steps to redefine the relationship. (AFP)
Published on Feb 28, 2023 11:57 PM IST
By, Washington

With Biden's strong India record, top US diplomat Blinken arrives in Delhi

The Biden administration has only taken forward a legacy that was initiated by Bill Clinton with his historic visit to India in 2000

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. (AFP)
Published on Feb 28, 2023 11:20 AM IST

Very valuable that Modi, Xi opposed nuclear weapons: CIA chief

CIA chief’s comments, in the context of persuading Russia to refrain from the use of nukes, come two days after US secretary of state Antony Blinken said he had asked India and China to speak to Russia to express their opposition to nuclear weapons

Central Intelligence Agency Director William Burns.(AP)
Updated on Feb 28, 2023 05:41 AM IST

Blinken to participate in Quad foreign ministers meet in Delhi

India and US have had “serious conversations” on China; US will make Ukraine a key theme at G20 meet

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks during the United Nations Security Council meeting on the maintenance of peace and security of Ukraine at UN Headquarters in New York City on February 24, 2023. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP) (AFP)
Updated on Feb 26, 2023 12:37 AM IST
By, Washington

Urged India to speak to Russia against nuke use: US

United States (US) Secretary of State Antony J Blinken, who will visit New Delhi on March 1 for the G20 foreign ministers’ meeting, has said that he had asked India and China to speak to Russia last year when there were concerns about Moscow’s use of tactical nuclear weapons to convey their “absolute opposition to the use of nuclear weapons”.

US Secretary of State Antony J Blinken. (AP)
Updated on Feb 25, 2023 02:19 AM IST
By, Washington

A year later, Ukraine reshapes the global system

Russian nationalism collided with Ukrainian nationalism, as a young state, born just three decades ago, challenged the designs of those who wanted to revert to a pre-1991 Soviet or even a pre-1917 Czarist era

A Russian Ka-52 helicopter gunship fires at a target in an unknown location in Ukraine. As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine enters its second year, both sides hope to turn the tide of war with big offensives. (AP)
Updated on Feb 24, 2023 12:17 PM IST

Ukraine war: For India, a diplomatic, strategic and economic tightrope walk

Instead of causing a rupture, the war led to a deepening of ties between India and the west in general and the US in particular.

Ukrainian soldiers fire at Russian positions from a howitzer in Ukraine’s Kherson region. (AP)
Updated on Feb 24, 2023 12:15 PM IST

Biden nominates Ajay Banga as US pick for World Bank president

Set to be the first Indian-origin leader of the Bank; takes over at a time when Bank’s agenda is shifting

US President Joe Biden said Washington is nominating former Mastercard Chief Executive Ajay Banga to lead the World Bank. (AFP)
Updated on Feb 23, 2023 11:07 PM IST
By, Washington

US chalks out steps to expedite visa process

Reducing wait time for American visas in India is the highest priority for the US from the secretary of state Antony Blinken’s desk down to the bureau of consular affairs to the mission and consulates in India, two officials said on Tuesday.

In 2022, 125,000 Indian students had been issued visas — the highest tally ever. (HT photo)
Updated on Feb 23, 2023 01:28 AM IST
By, Washington

India remains global growth engine, uniquely poised to lead G20: IMF

Ahead of the meeting of G20 finance ministers and central bank governors in Bengaluru, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) reiterated that India’s strong performance remains a “bright spot” in an uncertain global economy, said that the country will contribute 15% to global growth, and added that it is “uniquely positioned to bring countries together”.

The International Monetary Fund logo is seen at IMF headquarters in Washington, US.(Reuters)
Updated on Feb 23, 2023 01:31 AM IST
By, Washington

Seattle first US city to ban caste bias

Seattle has became the first city in the United States to add caste as a distinct category to its anti-discrimination legislation, adding to growing conversations around caste-based incidents and awareness in the country.

People react to the passing of an ordinance to add caste to Seattle’s anti-discrimination laws in the Seattle City Council chambers, , in Seattle, US, on Tuesday. (AP)
Updated on Feb 22, 2023 11:06 PM IST
By, Washington

Ukraine will never be a victory for Russia, never: Joe Biden

While warning that difficult times lay ahead, Joe Biden lashed out against Russian President Vladimir Putin for his “war of choice” in Ukraine.

US President Joe Biden delivers remarks ahead of the one year anniversary of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, outside the Royal Castle, in Warsaw, Poland, on Tuesday. (REUTERS)
Updated on Feb 22, 2023 05:32 AM IST

Biden makes Kyiv visit in strong signal to Putin

In a historic visit, just ahead of the first anniversary of Russia’s war in Ukraine, President Joe Biden travelled to Kyiv on Monday to express his solidarity with the Ukraine and convey American and western support to President Volodymyr Zelensky

US President Joe Biden (R) walks next to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (L) as he arrives for a visit in Kyiv on February 20, 2023.(AFP)
Updated on Feb 21, 2023 12:10 AM IST
By, Washington

China’s actions bringing India, US closer

A top US administration official has said that India is a “great power”, it has unique security concerns, it seeks a relationship of respect and equality with the US, and on that basis, PM Modi is willing to elevate the India-US relationship into “fundamentally new territory”

President Biden and PM Narendra Modi are expected to meet on the sidelines of the G7 summit in Hiroshima. (Twitter: Arindam Bagchi)
Updated on Feb 20, 2023 12:36 PM IST
By, Washington

Chuck Schumer to lead Senate delegation to India next week, China top of agenda

The Congressional delegation is expected to meet India’s top political leadership.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.(AP)
Published on Feb 18, 2023 08:55 AM IST
By, Washington

Arunachal integral part of India, condemn China for aggression: US Senators introduce bipartisan resolution

Washington: IIn a rare bipartisan signal of unequivocal support to India, three powerful US Senators introduced a resolution in the US Senate on Thursday that reaffirms the state of Arunachal Pradesh as an “integral part of India” and supports India’s “sovereignty and territorial integrity”, while condemning China for the “use of military force” to change the status quo at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and other provocations

The resolution ‘condemns’ China’s ‘use of military force to change status quo’ along LAC. (PTI)
Published on Feb 18, 2023 01:07 AM IST

Arunachal integral part of India, condemn China: Rare resolution in US Senate

The bipartisan resolution condemns China for the “use of military force” to change the status quo at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and its other provocations.

Indian and Chinese troops clashed along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Tawang sector of Arunachal Pradesh on December 9.(PTI)
Updated on Feb 17, 2023 07:57 AM IST

US: Nikki Haley announces presidential run for 2024, challenges Donald Trump

Haley says it’s now time for new generation of leadership ‘to rediscover fiscal responsibility, secure our border and strengthen our country, pride and purpose’

Nikki Haley announced that she is running for the US presidential elections in 2024. (PTI)
Published on Feb 14, 2023 10:24 PM IST

Biden announces Air India-Boeing deal, promises to deep bilateral partnership with Modi

In a statement, echoing his political plank of reviving US industry and bring jobs back home, Biden said that the US can and will lead the world on manufacturing.

In this photo taken on August 21, 2008, a water cannon salute during the inaugural flight by an Air India Boeing 777 at Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi. (AFP)
Published on Feb 14, 2023 10:02 PM IST

Acted out of caution, studying aerial objects: White House

US sets up interagency taskforce on unidentified aerial phenomena, clarifies it doesn’t indicate alien activity; Kirby reiterated that there was no US surveillance aircraft over Chinese airspace

A suspected Chinese spy balloon in the sky over Billings, Montana, US, on February 1. (AFP)
Updated on Feb 14, 2023 10:26 PM IST

China’s Deep State hits America’s main street

While Beijing has, in the past, launched far more audacious intelligence attacks against the US, the imagery of the spy balloon has hit public consciousness hard. In a secretive world, getting caught has big costs

Joe Biden’s decision to instruct the military to shoot down the balloon — the military has since knocked three other objects out of the sky — was met with applause from the general public. (Reuters)
Published on Feb 14, 2023 07:22 PM IST
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