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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

President Biden’s Netanyahu burden

By allowing Israel to set an impossible war aim, ignore humanitarian concerns, and risk a wider war, Biden has made the biggest mistake of his political career

President Joe Biden (left) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu participate in an expanded bilateral meeting with Israeli and US government officials, in Tel Aviv, on Wednesday. (AP)
Published on Apr 17, 2024 10:00 PM IST

Kwatra’s visit part of India-US consolidation; ties are on track

Both sides are focused on core strategic issues and deepening bilateral cooperation in a busy election year

Indian foreign secretary Vinay Mohan Kwatra with Richard R Verma, the US state department deputy secretary handling the India account and a former ambassador to India (X/DepSecStateMR)
Updated on Apr 16, 2024 10:39 PM IST

Iran’s attack unprecedented, Israel’s success spectacular: US official

Joe Biden asked PM Benjamin Netanyahu to think through the next steps “carefully” and “strategically”, US official said

Objects are seen in the sky above Jerusalem after Iran launched drones and missiles towards Israel, in Jerusalem on Sunday. (REUTERS)
Updated on Apr 15, 2024 04:20 AM IST

A new and dangerous turn in West Asia

Iran attacked Israel, escalating tensions in West Asia. Recent events have fueled conflict, with potential for wider regional war.

An Israeli Air Force fighter aircraft reportedly after a mission to intercept incoming airborne threats. (AFP)
Updated on Apr 15, 2024 06:22 AM IST
By, Washington

Don’t doubt yourself, the world needs you: Japan’s PM makes a plea to America

China represents greatest strategic challenge; Ukraine today can be east Asia tomorrow, Japanese premier said in an address to US Congress

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida addresses a joint meeting of Congress at the US Capitol in Washington, on Thursday. (REUTERS)
Published on Apr 11, 2024 10:19 PM IST

With an eye on China, Kishida and Biden elevate US-Japan ties

The two leaders also agreed to deepen military industrial cooperation including co-production of weapons and work on critical and emerging technologies

US President Joe Biden (right) shakes hands with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC, on Wednesday. (REUTERS)
Updated on Apr 11, 2024 06:22 AM IST

Joe Biden ‘proudest’ of his work in strengthening India-US ties: Top US official

US NSA Jake Sullivan and NSC senior director for technology Tarun Chhabra are expected to travel to India later this month

rime Minister Narendra Modi with US President Joe Biden. (PTI)
Published on Apr 10, 2024 08:20 PM IST

Tesla’s Berlin factory kicks off production for Indian market

Tesla has started production of a limited number of its standard brands to compete in the Indian market in its factory in Germany

Tesla is also sending a team in the third week of April to India to scout for locations to firm up its mega manufacturing plans to make vehicles in India for the wider developing world (Representative picture)
Updated on Apr 04, 2024 04:42 AM IST
By, Washington

India must heed these four American truths

Biden is good for Indian strategic interests but Democrats don’t like the BJP. Trump doesn’t care about BJP’s politics but will be more unpredictable

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with US President Joe Biden at Mahatma Gandhi's memorial Rajghat on the final day of the G20 Summit, in New Delhi (PTI)
Published on Apr 03, 2024 10:00 PM IST

Biden-Xi phone call: US warns China on supporting Russia’s military industrial base

Bilateral engagements to continue; Secretaryof the Treasury Janet Yellen and Secretary of State Antony J Blinken to visit Beijing soon

Chinese President Xi Jinping (left) waves as he walks with US President Joe Biden at Filoli estate on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, in Woodside, California, US, on November 15, 2023. (REUTERS)
Updated on Apr 03, 2024 05:52 AM IST

Indian-Americans in Congress raise red flag on hate crimes against Hindus

Pramila Jayapal, Ro Khanna, Raja Krishnamoorthi, Shri Thanedar and Amy Bera sent the letter to Kristen Clarke, the US assistant attorney general for the civil rights division at Department of Justice

A view of the US Capitol in Washington, DC. (AFP)
Updated on Apr 02, 2024 05:34 AM IST

A crucial turning point

The coalition era took shape, and showed that fragmented verdicts need not translate into political instability and a high turnover of governments. What made these elections distinct, and able to do this? What social and political forces were at play?

Voting underway at a poll booth in a remote Odisha village in 1999. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 05, 2024 01:42 PM IST

A behemoth is born

The 2014 and 2019 elections were fought in the name of one man, one leader. But the causes and consequences of those results went beyond him. They reflected changes in society, and produced new trends in Indian polity.

A BJP supporter in a Modi mask at a party rally. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 05, 2024 01:44 PM IST

How Indians dominate America’s party system

Indian-American leaders are central players in the five political strands, from the far Right to the progressive left, that animate the US today

Republican presidential candidate and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks on stage at her watch party during the South Carolina Republican presidential primary election in Charleston, South Carolina, U.S. February 24, 2024. REUTERS/Brian Snyder(REUTERS)
Published on Feb 27, 2024 08:21 PM IST

2024 is year of consolidation, focus & results in India-US ties: Richard R Verma

Richard R Verma, a former US ambassador to India, is the Deputy Secretary of State (management and resources), the highest rank attained by any Indian-American

Richard R Verma, Deputy Secretary of State (management and resources) . (X)
Updated on Feb 28, 2024 08:39 PM IST

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
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