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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

What Labour landslide means for geopolitics

Labour returns to power in a vastly changed world with Trump's potential re-election, UK's EU dilemma, Russia-Ukraine conflict, China strategy, and economic woes.

Keir Starmer, UK prime minster, delivers the first speech of his premiership, following the general election. (Bloomberg)
Updated on Jul 06, 2024 05:54 AM IST

US presidential polls: Joe Biden says he will stay in the fight

News reports suggested that Biden’s last week debate performance wasn’t an aberration and there have been many moments recently where he has been incoherent.

US President Joe Biden looks on during a Medal of Honour ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on Wednesday. (AFP)
Updated on Jul 05, 2024 01:16 AM IST
By, Washington

On foreign policy, Biden and Trump trade insults, present diff views of the world and wars

India came up only once in the debate when Trump clubbed Russia, China and India together as countries that benefited from the Paris Climate Agreement

This combination of photos shows Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump, left, and President Joe Biden during a presidential debate hosted by CNN on June 27 (AP)
Published on Jun 28, 2024 10:16 PM IST

Biden stumbles; Trump establishes dominance in presidential debate

In a 90-minute debate on CNN, Trump contrasted what he painted to be his presidential record of safe borders, a thriving economy and an America respected by the world with Biden’s alleged failure

On the substantive elements, Trump blamed Biden for an increase in illegal immigration. (AP photo)
Published on Jun 28, 2024 12:39 PM IST

Pulpit offers Biden his comeback opportunity

Donald Trump has the clear edge but the presidential debate offers Joe Biden a big chance to address an image deficit. Like in India, the final lap of the campaign will shape the outcome

FILE - President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden participate in the final presidential debate at Belmont University, Oct. 22, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) (AP)
Published on Jun 25, 2024 08:55 PM IST

Won’t tolerate attempts to silence, harm our citizens: US Attorney General

Last year, the Department of Justice indicted Nikhil Gupta for allegedly plotting to assassinate Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, who stands for a separate Khalistani state and is designated by India as a terrorist.

The DOJ indicted Nikhil Gupta for allegedly plotting to assassinate Sikh separatist leader Gurpatwant Singh Pannun. (AP)
Updated on Jun 19, 2024 07:38 AM IST

To counter China, US & India need to work on joint eco action: R Krishnamoorthi

In a recent interview with HT, he offered an overall assessment of the state of US-China competition

Krishnamoorthi is among the most important voices in the American debate on China. (Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi | Official X account)
Published on Jun 18, 2024 08:55 AM IST

US outlook on India: Bullish, comfortable

US Deputy Secretary of State Kurt Campbell praises India's successful elections, sees democratic advantage over China, bullish on US-India ties.

US deputy secretary of state Kurt Campbell (centre) with Indian foreign secretary Vinay Mohan Kwatra (centre left) and other Indian officials in Washington in April. (ANI)
Updated on Jun 14, 2024 04:34 AM IST
By, Washington

US hails Indian democracy, sceptical of progress on India-China border talks

Kurt Campbell calls India the “leading nation” of Quad, points to growing strategic alignment, acknowledges US must change old practices on export controls

Kurt Campbell, considered the key architect of the Joe Biden administration’s Indo-Pacific policy, expressed scepticism about the prospect of any breakthrough in the India-China relationship (X/DeputySecState)
Updated on Jun 13, 2024 06:14 PM IST

Verdict 2024: A huge asset for foreign policy

The outcome has rebuilt India’s image as a robust democracy. This offers a chance to bridge the divide with the alienated diaspora

Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, front right, Australia's Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, front left, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, back left, and U.S. President Joe Biden walk as they hold a Quad meeting on the sidelines of the G7 summit, at the Grand Prince Hotel in Hiroshima, Japan(AP)
Published on Jun 11, 2024 08:39 PM IST

The resilience of Indian democracy over 4 decades

What binds 1984 and 2004, 2014 and 2024 is the ability of India’s institutions and citizens to deliver on their core mandate

People watch the election results in Bengaluru on Tuesday. (AFP)
Updated on Jun 06, 2024 09:43 AM IST

The federal mandate: A call for more collaboration

As it gets ready to lead a coalition government of allies, and strong regional allies at that, the BJP may want to reset its federal playbook

What voters seek is a careful balance between the Union and states and wish to see the national political landscape incorporate the concerns and voices from below. (PTI)
Published on Jun 04, 2024 10:51 PM IST

The mandate’s economic message: After welfare, time for jobs

The mandate allows the BJP as a single-largest party to continue its welfare architecture and rewards the party for this improvement

Jammu: Young men exercise for an upcoming recruitment rally near the International Border at Ranbir Singh Pura, in Jammu district (PTI FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 04, 2024 10:57 PM IST

The social mandate: Identity-based justice over identity-based chauvinism

Indian voters are willing to go beyond their caste identities, but they also see their caste identity as a fundamental marker of their life experience

Muslim voters want political voice and representation and reject the denial of democratic rights on the basis of their identity (Representative Photo)
Published on Jun 04, 2024 10:34 PM IST

A political mandate for balance and restraint

Lok Sabha Election 2024 results: Here are the broad lessons that can be drawn.

The mandate has witnessed the heaviest losses for the ruling party in regions where it has been strong, while seeing it gain in newer geographies where it has been weak. (PTI)
Updated on Jun 04, 2024 10:27 PM IST

Naveen Patnaik: Politician who beat all odds to lead Odisha faces a setback

Naveen Patnaik, 77 not only made Odisha his home but came to dominate its politics like no one else had before, not even his legendary father

Biju Janata Dal (BJD) chief Naveen Patnaik didn’t read the state’s mood in time and lost the plot, and with it, power. (Sonu Mehta/HT FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 04, 2024 11:12 PM IST

Rahul Gandhi: 5 key shifts in strategy helped shape outcome

The Congress should not see the verdict itself as a victory. It remains a distant second. It remains geographically more limited than it has been in the past

Congress leader and MP Rahul Gandhi (File Photo)
Updated on Jun 04, 2024 11:12 PM IST

With focus on welfare and women, Mamata Banerjee takes pole position in Bengal

The BJP hoped to not just replicate its 2019 performance in Bengal but also improve on it but Mamata Banerjee held her own

Mamata Banerjee. (HT File Photo)
Updated on Jun 04, 2024 11:10 PM IST

Narendra Modi: Historic return, but with a spoiler effect

This mandate is a call to PM Modi, one of India’s most pragmatic and successful politician, to shift gears

Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) headquarters in New Delhi on June 4. (REUTERS)
Updated on Jun 04, 2024 11:02 PM IST

Struggling ally to a crucial link: How Nitish Kumar retained significance

Switching sides at key moments, Nitish Kumar, 73, has managed to stay on as chief minister for close to two decades, barring one short break in 2014-2015

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar (File Photo)
Updated on Jun 04, 2024 11:07 PM IST

Akhilesh Yadav: What the next five years hold for key leaders

Yadav expanded the SP’s tent and consciously brought in representatives from other backward communities

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav. (ANI)
Published on Jun 04, 2024 09:15 PM IST

Jailed for corruption last year, TDP chief Naidu makes a spectacular return

Naidu, who has won a massive majority in the state assembly elections, will take over as the state CM

Telugu Desam Party chief Chandrababu Naidu (File Photo)
Updated on Jun 04, 2024 11:08 PM IST

Yogi Adityanath: UP setback may impact dreams of national role

The setback in UP, where the BJP has seen a fairly dramatic reduction in vote share along with a dip in seat tally, reflects poorly on the chief minister

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath. (Deepak Gupta/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jun 04, 2024 11:04 PM IST

What the conviction of Donald Trump means

Trump's conviction may persuade the Left-wing voter currently upset with Biden that Trump represents a greater threat

Former President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at Trump Tower, Friday, May 31, 2024, in New York. A day after a New York jury found Donald Trump guilty of 34 felony charges, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee addressed the conviction and likely attempt to cast his campaign in a new light. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)(AP)
Published on May 31, 2024 09:24 PM IST

Donald Trump convicted of falsifying business records

The case involves Trump and his then fixer, Michael Cohen, making hush payments to an adult film actress, Stormy Daniels in violation of state and federal laws

Members of former US President Donald Trump's entourage watch as he speaks alongside his attorney. (Getty Images via AFP)
Updated on May 31, 2024 11:01 AM IST

What June 4 will tell us about India

The verdict will reveal what voters think of Narendra Modi, the depth of a Hindu political identity, and the nature of economic sentiment

Voters queue up to cast their ballots at a polling station during the sixth phase of voting in India's general election in New Delhi on May 25, 2024. India is voting in seven phases over six weeks to ease the immense logistical burden of staging an election in the world's most populous country. (Photo by Arun SANKAR / AFP)(AFP)
Published on May 28, 2024 09:33 PM IST

Raisi’s death complicates political road map of extremist faction: Vali Nasr

Top Iran expert Vali Nasr said that contrary to widely held perceptions that saw it as just a totalitarian dictatorship, the Iranian polity was complex

Ebrahim Raisi was a part of the Iranian establishment that made foreign policy decisions but he didn’t influence it in any major way (via REUTERS FILE)
Updated on May 20, 2024 09:26 PM IST

Across trade, tech and defence, the US-China conflict is back and here to stay

US President Biden announced new tariffs on Chinese imports, citing unfair trade practices.

US President Joe Biden tariff announcement and his tone on Tuesday reveal that the overall thrust of the relationship with China remains deeply adversarial. (AP FILE)
Updated on May 15, 2024 09:21 PM IST

Biden continues Trump’s trade war; US imposes major tariffs on China imports

Joe Biden’s move aimed at workers in swing states, supply chain diversification and protecting competencies in sectors of the future

BYD electric cars awaiting to be loaded onto a ship at the international container terminal of Taicang Port at Suzhou Port, in China’s eastern Jiangsu Province. (AFP)
Updated on May 15, 2024 12:05 AM IST

On Israel, Biden’s quest for balance

A glance at public debate in America on Israel shows why the White House is struggling to manage the politics and optics of the war

(FILES) Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) greets US President Joe Biden upon his arrival at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport on October 18, 2023, amid the ongoing battles between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas. Biden spoke by phone with Netanyahu April 4, 2024, the White House said, amid growing outrage over an Israeli strike that killed seven aid workers in Gaza. (Photo by Brendan SMIALOWSKI / AFP)(AFP)
Published on May 14, 2024 10:26 PM IST
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