Trump courted the votes of the Indian Americans for 2020, but to my knowledge, the majority of NRI’s remain faithful to the democrats.
If you want to get a feel about an Indian event, or major news happening in India – read the foreign press, not the Indian one, which tends to follow the dots.
The US Media, paid attention to the event because Trump was present. It was implied that Trump was side-lined & was a pawn in Modi’s triumph. That is good, as Trump is basically a shrewd businessman always on the lookout for a quick buck & there Mr Modi showed he was a superior strategist.
Even a hostile BBC had to admit that in the rally, Modi was the superstar, not Trump! True, Trump courted the votes of the Indian Americans for 2020, but to my knowledge, the majority of NRI’s remain faithful to the democrats – only maybe 20% will vote for Trump.
The fact that Trump is going to meet Pakistani PM soon after shows that the US still follows the British custom putting Pakistan & India on the same footing – whereas the former is a failed bankrupt country at the mercy of the army & the second a vibrant strong pro-western democracy.
Howdy Modi was a huge success in terms of attendance enthusiasm and hype. Unfortunately, American Media like the New York Times still harped on Kashmir and abrogation of Article 370 – an irony by the most targeted country by Islamic fundamentalism & still reeling from horrors of 9/11.
AL Jazeera a TV funded by Qatar a strong proponent of Sunni radicalism that hired some famous (and leftists) western newscasters from BBC or CNN spoke about Kashmir & mentioned that there were thousands protesting outside the stadium, although they were few hundred.
However successful the Howdy Modi show was and in spite of the huge cheering crowd the Indian community in the United States, which is reportedly at least 4 million strong, is incredibly divided.
The Indian community is divided not only between religions – Muslims, Christians & Hindus – but there are hundreds of Hindu organizations fighting each other. What is needed is they unite so as to have in the United States the kind of political lobby the Jewish have.
A united Indian group will help Modi better than a Howdy Modi event that remains a temporary firework and nothing much left afterwards.
Secondly, the greatest brain drain in the world is that of the Hindus towards the United States, yesterday and today. Is it not time that the best brains stay in India and those who have gone to the US start coming back to invest their money and talent in their own country?
I for one, am not very impressed by these Indian NRI’s who sound more Americans than the Americans and forget all about their Indian-ness and roots.
Thirdly, The fact that Trump is going to meet Pakistani PM soon after shows that the US still follows the British custom putting Pakistan & India on the same footing – whereas the former is a failed bankrupt country at the mercy of the army & the second a vibrant strong pro-western democracy.
The West has to make a choice between these two countries – and the US still believes in spite of so much terrorism coming from Pak still banks on this country.
Finally, Mr Modi is right India needs American investment – & Trump is right too – Indian Government must make it easier for foreigners and NRI’s to invest in India.
There are still many hurdles, much bureaucracy and corruption that come in the way. India needs to look towards China and how they managed to cap so much western money.
1. The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of PGurus.