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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

Two years of the Ukraine war: All eyes on US as fate hangs in balance

The Israeli offensive and what was seen as US complicity with Israeli war crimes shattered the moral high ground that the West occupied in the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine

Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen (C), her husband Bo Tengberg (C) and Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky (R) arrive to lay flowers during a memorial ceremony at the Field of Mars of Lychakiv Cemetery, in Lviv, on February 23, 2024. (AFP)
Updated on Feb 24, 2024 05:44 AM IST
By, Washington

Key US official warns India, Bangladesh of ‘increasing’ Indo-Pacific issues

US has told Maldives it should realise China offers better deals if it knows there is “real competition”; says India much bigger force in Indian Ocean.

US assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Donald Lu hailed Sri Lanka as an example of the success of the administration’s Indo-Pacific strategy in collaboration with partners such as India.
Updated on Feb 18, 2024 04:57 AM IST
By, Washington

US House passes Quad bill to intensify cooperation

The text of the legislation begins with stating that it is the sense of the US Congress that the US “should continue to strengthen joint cooperation” between the Quad’s four members

The passage of the legislation, introduced by House Foreign Affairs Committee ranking member Democrat Gregory Meeks, is one step in a process that requires the Senate to pass the act and the President to sign it before it becomes a law (AP)
Updated on Feb 17, 2024 06:12 AM IST

India ‘most protectionist’ country, claims Trump’s top trade adviser in new book

Robert Lighthizer was seen by Indian negotiators as a difficult partner through Donald Trump’s presidency and a key reason why trade talks didn’t succeed

(FILES) Former US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer claimed that he told PM Modi in 2019 in the presence of Trump, that the US believes that India is the “most protectionist country (AFP FILE)
Updated on Feb 16, 2024 02:25 PM IST

Transparent but compromised: How the American political finance system works

The SC of US has expansively interpreted right of citizens to participate in politics and exercise free speech to enable unlimited donations and expenditure.

In US, the legislature has sought to impose restrictions on donations and expenditure. (AFP)
Updated on Feb 16, 2024 03:35 AM IST

America pays the cost of dominance

Donald Trump played the isolationist card in 2016. Democrats learnt from it. Circumstances are enabling Trump to benefit from fickle American public opinion

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump speaks at a Get Out The Vote rally at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C., Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)(AP)
Published on Feb 13, 2024 10:00 PM IST

US NSA Jake Sullivan won’t travel to India in February; iCET meet rescheduled

Sullivan, President Joe Biden’s closest national security aide, is currently dealing with multiple global crises, from West Asia to Ukraine, with domestic political implications for Biden in an election year

US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan. (AP Photo)
Updated on Feb 13, 2024 07:36 AM IST

Deeper implications of Pakistan election verdict

Pakistan's emerging election results have deepened the political crisis, with implications for civil-military relations, democracy, and the economy.

Party banners of election candidates from political parties are displayed on a street in Lahore. (AP)
Updated on Feb 10, 2024 05:13 AM IST
By, Washington

Investigate election fraud, will work with next government: US on Pakistan elections

The US has expressed concern about the electoral process in Pakistan while stating categorically that it will work with the next Pakistani government, “regardless of political party” to advance shared bilateral interests.

People watch latest election results live on a television at a shop, a day after Pakistan's national elections in Lahore on February 9, 2024. (AFP)
Updated on Feb 10, 2024 05:04 AM IST
By, Washington

US Senators agrees on bipartisan $118 billion immigration, Ukraine and Israel package deal

Both Trump’s faction on the Right and progressives on the Left oppose it; passage uncertain despite President Joe Biden’s support

US Border Patrol agents speak with migrants seeking asylum, mainly from Colombia, China and Ecuador, in a makeshift, mountainous campsite after crossing the border between Mexico and the United States, on Friday. (AP)
Published on Feb 05, 2024 10:45 PM IST

US senator links drone deal nod to Pannun probe

Cardin took over the committee after the last chair, Bob Menendez, a Senator from New Jersey, was charged with corruption allegations

In November, the US Department of Justice unsealed an indictment against a Nikhil Gupta, who, it was alleged, was deployed by a serving government of India official to assassinate Gurpatwant Singh Pannun (AP)
Updated on Feb 04, 2024 09:16 AM IST
By, Washington

‘Trump and Modi have profound mutual respect’: Advisor to ex-US President

Kash Patel an Indian-American whose parents trace their roots to Gujarat and migrated to the US from East Africa during Idi Amin’s rule in Uganda

interview PM Modi and Donald Trump
Updated on Feb 03, 2024 05:35 AM IST

US State Dept clears sale of 31 MQ-9B drones to India

The US State Department has formally notified Congress of a possible sale of 31 MQ-9B drones to India, with an estimated cost of $3.99bn.

While the Indian Navy will get 15 out of the 31 drones, the Indian Army and the Indian Air Force will get eight each of high altitude long endurance drones from the US. (PTI)
Updated on Feb 02, 2024 07:47 AM IST
By, , New Delhi/washington

Game on: The Biden camp’s comeback plan

As the choice becomes starker and economic sentiment improves, Biden’s team believes that the momentum will shift to the President

Former US president Donald Trump (left) and US President Joe Biden (AFP)
Published on Jan 30, 2024 09:00 PM IST

Trump wins New Hampshire, close to locking in Republican nomination

Nikki Haley promises to fight on, but has no pathway for a win

Donald Trump takes the stage with former Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy during his New Hampshire presidential primary election night watch party in Nashua New Hampshire. (REUTERS)
Updated on Jan 24, 2024 10:01 PM IST

DeSantis bows out, endorses Trump

Florida governor Ron DeSantis drops out of the race for the Republican nomination for US President, endorsing Donald Trump. It's now a direct contest between Trump and Nikki Haley ahead of the New Hampshire primary. DeSantis's campaign struggled due to poor management and messaging, while Trump's base remains strong. Haley hopes to consolidate the anti-Trump vote but polls suggest Trump is ahead. A decisive Trump win in New Hampshire will likely secure him the nomination. He will face President Joe Biden in the general election.

DeSantis said that while he had disagreements with the former president, Donald Trump was ‘superior’ to President Joe Biden. (AP)
Updated on Jan 23, 2024 06:14 AM IST
By, Washington

DeSantis drops out of US prez race, endorses Trump who retires ‘DeSanctimonious’

DeSantis faltered with a poorly managed campaign, ultra-conservative messaging, limited public speaking skills and a generally less than charismatic demeanour

Florida Governor and 2024 Republican presidential hopeful Ron DeSantis has dropped out of the US presidential campaign and endorsed former US president Donald Trump, (AFP)
Published on Jan 22, 2024 03:53 PM IST

Trump sweeps Iowa caucus to stamp election credentials

Former US President Donald J Trump emerged as the clear front-runner in the Republican Party's first primary caucus in Iowa, setting the stage for a likely rematch with President Joe Biden in the 2024 elections. Trump won with 51% of the votes, establishing his dominance over the party and solidifying his position as a top contender for the Republican nomination. Florida governor Ron DeSantis came in second, narrowly beating Indian-origin Nikki Haley. Trump's victory raises the possibility of an unprecedented situation where a candidate facing criminal indictments and barred from the ballot becomes President again.

Former US President and Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump speaks at a watch party during the 2024 Iowa Republican presidential caucuses in Des Moines, Iowa. (AFP)
Updated on Jan 17, 2024 05:36 AM IST

The contrasting fate of GOP’s two Indian-American presidential candidates

Nikki Haley remains in the race as the non-Trump candidate and banks on his failure; Ramaswamy’s rides on Donald Trump bandwagon

Republican presidential candidate and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley looks on as fellow candidate businessman Vivek Ramaswamy passes by, during a break at the fourth Republican candidates' U.S. presidential debate of the 2024 U.S. presidential campaign at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, U.S. December 6, 2023. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (REUTERS)
Updated on Jan 17, 2024 09:21 AM IST
By, Washington

Build expertise on America in India

The depth of Delhi-DC ties demands greater scholarship of history, actors, motivations, and society. Both government and academia need to invest more

A lot is happening on the India-US front. (Shutterstock)
Published on Jan 16, 2024 09:42 PM IST

Trump sweeps Iowa caucus, sets himself up to be Republican nominee for President

Donald J Trump wins 51% of the vote in the Republican Party's first primary caucus in Iowa, establishing himself as frontrunner for 2024 presidential nomination

Republican presidential candidate and former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during his caucus night watch party in Des Moines, Iowa, U.S., January 15. (Reuters)
Updated on Jan 16, 2024 01:00 PM IST

100 days of a war that may alter course of West Asia geopolitics

In just 100 days, a terrorist attack on Israel, followed by a devastating Israeli response, has led to political, humanitarian, and diplomatic consequences.

Israel-Hamas war: A view of the rubble of buildings hit by an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City.(AP)
Updated on Jan 15, 2024 05:36 AM IST
By, Washington

Tesla's plans for India: May set up factory, make new car for developing nations

Tesla is reportedly in advanced talks to enter the Indian market and may invest nearly $30 billion over the next five years.

Tesla and SpaceX's CEO Elon Musk(via REUTERS)
Updated on Jan 13, 2024 06:04 AM IST
By, Washington

US, UK militaries strike Houthi targets in Yemen

The US and UK launched strikes on Houthi military capabilities in Yemen in response to attacks against shipping in the Red Sea corridor

UK, US strike Yemen
Updated on Jan 13, 2024 11:11 AM IST
By, Washington

US envoy Taranjit Singh Sandhu set to wrap up stint at month-end

India’s ambassador to the US, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, will wrap up his term in office in Washington DC at the end of January and retire from government service after a 35-year long career that was marked by four postings in America, people familiar with the development said.

US envoy Taranjit Singh Sandhu set to wrap up stint at month-end
Updated on Jan 12, 2024 12:22 AM IST
By, Washington

A day in the public life and politics of a fractured America

Wednesday began with Hunter Biden’s surprise appearance in the US Congress in Washington DC. He faces a federal indictment for tax crimes related to foreign business dealings

In the US Capitol, House Speaker Mike Johnson faced a revolt from the far-Right of his party that could lead to a shutdown of the US federal government (Bloomberg)
Updated on Jan 11, 2024 01:52 PM IST

India calls for de-escalation of Israel-Hamas conflict

India pointed out that it had provided 70 tonnes of humanitarian aid including 16.5 tonnes of medicine and medical supplies in two tranches to Palestine

Permanent Representative of India to the UN, Ruchira Kamboj said that India had taken note of the UN Security Resolution aimed to scale up humanitarian assistance to Gaza (ANI)
Updated on Jan 11, 2024 04:19 AM IST

The Modi-Doval-Jaishankar playbook for the neighbourhood

The new handbook involves shaping democratic verdicts when possible, including by turning a blind eye to democratic deficits if core interests are at stake

Recent events in Bangladesh, Nepal, and Maldives, in different ways, represent an unstated strategy in action. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jan 09, 2024 02:48 PM IST

Bangladesh elections not free or fair but will partner with country: US

State Department on Monday offered the first official American response after polls in Bangladesh over the weekend saw Awami League return to power for the fourth consecutive time

Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. (AFP)
Published on Jan 09, 2024 10:01 AM IST

Biden slams Trump as ‘sick, loser’ echoing Nazi Germany as campaign turns virulent

Biden termed Trump’s attempts “to overturn a free and fair election by force and violence” following his defeat, “among the worst derelictions of duty by a president in American history”

US President Joe Biden delivers a speech to mark the third anniversary of the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol at a campaign event at Montgomery County Community College, in Blue Bell, near Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, on Friday . (REUTERS)
Updated on Jan 09, 2024 06:56 AM IST
By, Washington
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