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

How New Delhi should navigate DC next year

Ties will deepen. But Delhi will have to keep an eye on the Hill’s political attitudes and the administration’s engagement with China

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and United States President Joe Biden at the 17th G20 Summit, Bali. (Arindam Bagchi Twitter)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and United States President Joe Biden at the 17th G20 Summit, Bali. (Arindam Bagchi Twitter)
Updated on Nov 22, 2022 07:41 PM IST

Biden looks to Modi to help move global agenda forward: US dy NSA

When he sees the world around him, President Joe Biden looks to India and Prime Minister Narendra Modi to help carry the load and take forward the global agenda, US deputy national security adviser Jonathan Finer has said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Joe Biden . (Arindam Bagchi /Twitter)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Joe Biden . (Arindam Bagchi /Twitter)
Published on Nov 22, 2022 12:05 AM IST

US deputy NSA hails Modi’s role, says Biden turns to him on global issues

Jonathan Finer lauded the role of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in helping G20 arrive at a consensus in Bali

PM Modi and US Prez Biden also met Indonesian President Joko Widodo on the sidelines of the G20 Summit. (Arindam Bagchi | Twitter)
PM Modi and US Prez Biden also met Indonesian President Joko Widodo on the sidelines of the G20 Summit. (Arindam Bagchi | Twitter)
Published on Nov 21, 2022 09:50 AM IST

India played essential role at G20 summit: US

Addressing a question about President Joe Biden’s meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, White House spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre referred to Biden’s trilateral meeting with Modi and the Indonesian president Joko Widodo.

 PM’s Modi’s direct message to Russian President Vladimir Putin in September in Samarkand emerged as the point of consensus at the G20 summit in Bali.(ANI Photo)
PM’s Modi’s direct message to Russian President Vladimir Putin in September in Samarkand emerged as the point of consensus at the G20 summit in Bali.(ANI Photo)
Updated on Nov 20, 2022 05:08 AM IST

US midterms: Republicans take control of the House of Representatives

Kevin McCarthy, the Republican representative from California and previously the House minority leader, has won internal party elections and will be the Speaker of the House

House Minority Leader Rep Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) speaks to members of the press after the House Republican Conference voted for him to be its nominee for Speaker of the House in the US Capitol Visitors Center on in Washington, DC. (AFP)
House Minority Leader Rep Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) speaks to members of the press after the House Republican Conference voted for him to be its nominee for Speaker of the House in the US Capitol Visitors Center on in Washington, DC. (AFP)
Published on Nov 17, 2022 11:14 PM IST

Global tension rises as missile lands in Poland

Poland has said that a missile strike that killed two people in its territory close to the border with Ukraine was “not an intentional attack”, and was likely to have come from Ukrainian air defence systems, narrowly averting a geopolitical crisis that could have led to a direct conflict between the West and Russia.

Antony Blinken, Jake Sullivan and President Joe Biden in a late-night huddle. (REUTERS)
Antony Blinken, Jake Sullivan and President Joe Biden in a late-night huddle. (REUTERS)
Updated on Nov 17, 2022 06:04 AM IST

Trump launches bid for 2024 polls amid GOP losses, legal challenges

But there is a wider concern in the party that even Trump potentially wins the primary, he is the least viable candidate to win a national election given how he alienates moderates and independent voters

Former US President Donald Trump announces that he will once again run for president in the 2024 election during an event at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida. (REUTERS)
Former US President Donald Trump announces that he will once again run for president in the 2024 election during an event at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida. (REUTERS)
Published on Nov 16, 2022 09:07 PM IST

Biden, Xi push to break ice over frosty relations

Emboldened by a stronger domestic political hand at both ends, United States President Joe Biden and China’s President Xi Jinping, in their first in-person meeting as presidents, candidly conveyed to each other their intentions, priorities and redlines on issues such as the Ukraine war, Taiwan, human rights, trade, and the regional security environment.

U.S. President Joe Biden shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping as they meet on the sidelines of the G20 leaders' summit in Bali, Indonesia, November 14, 2022. (REUTERS)
U.S. President Joe Biden shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping as they meet on the sidelines of the G20 leaders' summit in Bali, Indonesia, November 14, 2022. (REUTERS)
Updated on Nov 14, 2022 11:32 PM IST

It’s time for the diaspora to give back: MR Rangaswami, Founder-chairman of Indiaspora

It has been a good political season for the Indian diaspora

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Published on Nov 13, 2022 11:40 PM IST

Biden-led Democrats keep US senate edge

With victories in closely fought contests in Nevada and Arizona, the Democrats have won 50 seats in the United States Senate, giving the party control over the chamber

Republican supporters protest in Phoenix on Saturday. (AP)
Republican supporters protest in Phoenix on Saturday. (AP)
Updated on Nov 13, 2022 11:38 PM IST

Biden hails US midterm results as a win for democracy

Biden credited young voters, who are seen as having played a key role in enabling the Democratic victory, for making their voices heard

US President Joe Biden responds to a question during a press conference a day after the US midterm elections, from the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on Wednesday. (AFP)
US President Joe Biden responds to a question during a press conference a day after the US midterm elections, from the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on Wednesday. (AFP)
Published on Nov 11, 2022 12:01 AM IST

Xi, Biden to meet on sidelines of G20 summit: White House

The US side hopes to discuss ways to ‘manage competition responsibly’ with China and use the meeting, the first since Biden took office two years, as a platform to determine the ‘redlines’ for the two sides

US President Joe Biden responds to a question from a reporter during a press conference a day after the US midterm elections, from the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, DC. (AFP)
US President Joe Biden responds to a question from a reporter during a press conference a day after the US midterm elections, from the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, DC. (AFP)
Updated on Nov 10, 2022 09:55 PM IST

Biden says he plans to run in 2024, may decide early next year

His comments came a day after one of the best US midterm election performances by a Democratic president in four decades

President Joe Biden speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) (AP)
President Joe Biden speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) (AP)
Published on Nov 10, 2022 08:50 PM IST

How US midterms shape the 2024 presidential vote

A resounding defeat for the Democrats would have inevitably led to a chorus of calls for Joe Biden to announce that he would not stand in the 2024 elections, when he will be 82. That has not happened, and Biden has earned a breather, but the debate within the party will continue.

Supporters of Florida Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis at an election night watch party in Tampa on Monday (AFP)
Supporters of Florida Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis at an election night watch party in Tampa on Monday (AFP)
Updated on Nov 10, 2022 02:13 PM IST

No Red wave, slim edge to GOP in US midterm races

While the final outcome was not out at the time of going to press late on Wednesday night (India time), the US appeared to be heading towards a divided government, with Republicans poised to take control of the House of Representatives by a narrow margin.

 Voters also chose governors in 36 states, largely along expected lines with Democrats winning New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin, while Republicans held on to Georgia and Texas among other states. (REUTERS)
Voters also chose governors in 36 states, largely along expected lines with Democrats winning New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin, while Republicans held on to Georgia and Texas among other states. (REUTERS)
Updated on Nov 10, 2022 06:36 AM IST

From governors’ races, a mixed message emerges as Trump-backed candidates falter

Democrats were successful in governors’ races, winning in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania — battlegrounds critical to Biden’s 2020 win over Donald Trump

Democratic Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer (right) and Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist react during her 2022 US midterm elections night party in Detroit, Michigan. (REUTERS)
Democratic Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer (right) and Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist react during her 2022 US midterm elections night party in Detroit, Michigan. (REUTERS)
Updated on Nov 09, 2022 10:54 PM IST

US midterms: Abortion rights galvanise Democratic Party’s base

The issue is also widely seen as having galvanised the Democratic base, shaped the preferences of women and younger voters, and ensured a higher than expected turnout in the midterms.

Women cheer as they hear early voting results indicating the passage of Proposal 3, a midterm ballot measure that enshrines abortion rights, during a Reproductive Freedom For All watch party on US midterm election night in Detroit, Michigan, on Tuesday. (REUTERS)
Women cheer as they hear early voting results indicating the passage of Proposal 3, a midterm ballot measure that enshrines abortion rights, during a Reproductive Freedom For All watch party on US midterm election night in Detroit, Michigan, on Tuesday. (REUTERS)
Published on Nov 09, 2022 10:47 PM IST

Samosa Caucus expands, signalling growing Indian-American influence in US politics

The four Indian-American incumbents — Bera and Ro Khanna (California), Pramila Jayapal (Washington state), and Raja Krishnamoorthi (Illinois) — have either been re-elected or are on the verge of being officially announced as winners in the House race by Wednesday

Aruna Miller, candidate for Maryland lieutenant governor, speaks to supporters during an election-night gathering after she was declared the winner in the election, on Tuesday. (AP)
Aruna Miller, candidate for Maryland lieutenant governor, speaks to supporters during an election-night gathering after she was declared the winner in the election, on Tuesday. (AP)
Published on Nov 09, 2022 10:02 PM IST

A divided America helped Democrats

In a political landscape where the strength of both parties is almost equal, the Democrats benefited from the fear of Donald Trump, the abortion ruling and a reasonable governance record. There was no red wave in the midterms

Voters cast ballots in the US midterm elections, New York City (AFP)
Voters cast ballots in the US midterm elections, New York City (AFP)
Updated on Nov 09, 2022 08:17 PM IST

Foreign secy holds meetings with US officials; focus on strategic ties, Ukraine

In a statement after Vinay Mohan Kwatra's meeting with Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, State Department spokesperson Ned Price said that the two discussed a “wide range of issues” on which the US and India are working together “as strategic partners”.

Foreign secretary Vinay Mohan Kwatra (ANI)
Foreign secretary Vinay Mohan Kwatra (ANI)
Updated on Nov 09, 2022 02:22 AM IST

With Biden’s agenda at stake, US votes in midterms

With the narrowly held House and an evenly split Senate, Democrats could easily see their fragile grasp on power slip

A woman votes in the 2022 midterm election on Election Day at a polling location on the Michigan State University campus on Tueaday in East Lansing, Michigan. (AFP)
A woman votes in the 2022 midterm election on Election Day at a polling location on the Michigan State University campus on Tueaday in East Lansing, Michigan. (AFP)
Updated on Nov 08, 2022 11:44 PM IST

In final lap of US midterms, Republicans edge ahead

In recent weeks, Republicans have seen a jump in their prospects with polls suggesting they are about to win control over the House of Representatives. They have also gained momentum in the battle for the Senate

Former US president Donald Trump gestures as he leaves after speaking at a ‘Save America’ rally in support of US Senator Marco Rubio (Republican-Florida) ahead of the midterm elections at Miami-Dade County Fair and Exposition in Miami, Florida, on Sunday. (AFP)
Former US president Donald Trump gestures as he leaves after speaking at a ‘Save America’ rally in support of US Senator Marco Rubio (Republican-Florida) ahead of the midterm elections at Miami-Dade County Fair and Exposition in Miami, Florida, on Sunday. (AFP)
Updated on Nov 08, 2022 04:33 PM IST

As Republicans edge ahead, Democrats make final push for midterms

The Republican momentum for the Senate race is a wider reflection of how the midterm battle has evolved over the year

President Joe Biden (left) and former US president Barack Obama (right) rally for Pennsylvania Democratic Senate nominee John Fetterman and Democratic gubernatorial nominee Josh Shapiro at the Liacouras Center on Saturday in Philadelphia. (AFP)
President Joe Biden (left) and former US president Barack Obama (right) rally for Pennsylvania Democratic Senate nominee John Fetterman and Democratic gubernatorial nominee Josh Shapiro at the Liacouras Center on Saturday in Philadelphia. (AFP)
Published on Nov 07, 2022 02:23 AM IST

US midterms: From Belgaum to Capitol Hill, Shri Thanedar set to become fifth Indian-American Congressman

Shrinivas Thanedar will join four other Indian-Americans in the US Congress - Amy Bera, Pramila Jayapal, Ro Khanna, and Raja Krishnamoorthi. All five are Democrats

Democratic US Rep Shri Thanedar of Michigan, running for election to the US House of Representatives in the 2022 US midterm elections. (REUTERS)
Democratic US Rep Shri Thanedar of Michigan, running for election to the US House of Representatives in the 2022 US midterm elections. (REUTERS)
Updated on Nov 05, 2022 01:18 AM IST

American democracy at stake in midterms: Joe Biden

Joe Biden’s remarks were triggered by an attack on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s home in California last week, where the assailant brutally assaulted her husband, 82-year old Paul Pelosi, who is still hospitalised

US President Joe Biden delivers remarks on preserving and protecting Democracy at Union Station in Washington, DC, on Wednesday. (AFP)
US President Joe Biden delivers remarks on preserving and protecting Democracy at Union Station in Washington, DC, on Wednesday. (AFP)
Published on Nov 03, 2022 11:49 PM IST

Grouping steps up efforts against ransomware, India a key partner

At the end of the first in-person CRI summit in Washington DC on Wednesday, the grouping took a series of decisions to step up the institutional mechanisms to deal with what US national security advisor Jake Sullivan called a “global challenge that requires global cooperation to produce global solutions”

India also announced that it intends to establish a dedicated counter ransomware platform, Malwarekosh, “to support, analyse, share and collaborate on counter randomware activities”. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
India also announced that it intends to establish a dedicated counter ransomware platform, Malwarekosh, “to support, analyse, share and collaborate on counter randomware activities”. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Nov 03, 2022 03:00 AM IST

Issues, actors and trends: Why the US midterm polls matter

The outcome of what is referred to as the midterm elections, coming exactly two years into the tenure of the President, will determine the composition of the US Congress and the power structure in three dozen states; affect law and policy at federal, state and local levels; shape the rest of Joe Biden’s presidency, and impact America’s posture towards the rest of the world. It will also set the stage for the 2024 presidential elections.

A voter marks her ballot during early voting for the US midterm elections on October 28, 2022 in Silver Spring, Maryland. - The election is scheduled for November 8. (AFP)
A voter marks her ballot during early voting for the US midterm elections on October 28, 2022 in Silver Spring, Maryland. - The election is scheduled for November 8. (AFP)
Updated on Nov 01, 2022 01:02 PM IST

US expresses support for India against China’s coercive tactics at border

Washington Terming China as the most consequential strategic competitor to the United States for the coming decades, the US national defence strategy (NDS) has committed to deepening America’s major defence partnership with India to enhance its ability to deter China both at land and sea

US expresses support for India against China’s coercive tactics at border
US expresses support for India against China’s coercive tactics at border
Updated on Oct 28, 2022 05:03 AM IST

India, US to hold key trade forum talks early next yr

India and the United States (US) have decided to reschedule the 13th Trade Policy Forum (TPF) ministerial meeting tentatively slated for November 8 in Washington DC for the first quarter of next year, with both countries entering a busy domestic political cycle, people familiar with the development said.

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Published on Oct 27, 2022 08:41 PM IST

White House holds biggest Diwali celebration; celebrates the diaspora

The fact that midterm elections for all seats in the House of Reps and a third of the seats in the Senate, along with key state-level gubernatorial and legislative races, are scheduled for November 8 is also seen as a trigger for the active effort to reach out to the Indian-American community

US President Joe Biden lights a lamp as First lady Jill Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris look on during an event to celebrate Diwali, at the White House in Washington. (PTI)
US President Joe Biden lights a lamp as First lady Jill Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris look on during an event to celebrate Diwali, at the White House in Washington. (PTI)
Published on Oct 25, 2022 11:53 PM IST
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