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Why Would Trump Want A Trade War With India?

 

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting the President of United States of America Donald Trump, on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit, in Osaka. Photo/PIB

Will the Modi government, grappling with a slowing Indian economy and keen to attract investment to revive it, take what some have called the Trump administration’s “bait” on trade and investment in return for opening up the huge Indian market to American goods?

Read Here – World Political Review

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India-US Ties: Pompeo Says Great Friends Disagree, Jaishankar Firm On S-400 Deal

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Indian Foreign Affairs Minister S. Jayishankar in New Delhi. Photo/PIB

Playing down the divergences in the Indo-US economic relationship, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo Wednesday underscored their political points on strategic, regional and global issues that include the S-400 defence deal with Russia, approach towards Iran and China, and common cause on terrorism.

Read Here – The Indian Express

Mike Pompeo’s India Visit Is A Chance To Re-Animate A Stagnating Relationship

U.S> Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Photo courtesy: Department of State

The key to successful engagement with the US is to keep the negotiations going and make progress wherever one can. Americans are always ready to split the difference and move on. Delhi has been notorious for its inability to bring any negotiation to a close.

Read Here – The Indian Express

The Edge That Indian Companies Could Wield In Africa

Indian companies have a head-start in translating those growth trends into profitable, sustainable enterprises. From deep experience in their home market, they know how to overcome the challenges that limit markets and make life harder for ordinary people. Africa should be high on the agenda of Indian companies targeting global growth. Their innovations and investments can create both outsize returns and real social impact.

Read Here – Mint

Balancing The Poles

India should be successful in resisting demands to choose one side of the fence or the other, because the fence itself will be rickety and shifting. Appropriate to the diffused geopolitical landscape is a policy which enables promotion of India’s interests through multiple circles of engagement.

Read Here – The Indian Express

India’s Right To Cultural Self-Determination

Photo by Frank Holleman on Unsplash

Though India is not the ethnostate of the Hindu people in the way that Israel is of the Jewish people, there is obviously a special connection between Hindu-majority India and the religions that originate from Indian civilization: Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Sikhism, and the closely related Zoroastrianism. (Islam, which now represents about 14 percent of the population, did not come to India until the seventh century).

Read Here – The American Conservative

The Fearsome Foursome In Modi Season 2

With the reappointment of National Security Advisor Ajit Doval for the next five years and his elevation to cabinet rank, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has got a fearsome foursome to handle the entire spectrum of national security and foreign policy. The team comprising of Home Minister Amit Shah, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and the NSA Ajit Doval is something of a security dream-team, actually more team than dream.

Read Here – Observer Research Foundation

Trump, Trade And Trust

United States President Donald Trump’s trade policy action against India suggests the narrative of a Rising India may well have met its comeuppance. The action has been explained away by some as collateral damage with the main targets being China and the trade-surplus enjoying OECD economies, especially Germany and Japan.

Read Here – The Indian Express

Five Big Ideas For The Indian Foreign Ministry’s New Indo-Pacific Desk

As the Indo-Pacific concept becomes a more central part of India’s foreign policy, here are five ideas for this Indo-Pacific desk to consider, all of which aim to advance the shared vision of a “free, open, and inclusive Indo-Pacific” promoted by India, the United States, Japan, and others.

Read Here – The Diplomat

India’s Cult Of Modi

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi being sworn in for his second five-year term after a stupendous election victory. Photo/PIB

The recent Indian election will be a case study in how to upend the conventional assumption of electoral politics that an incumbent is judged on his record of performance against his own promises. Prime Minister Narendra Modi fulfilled none of his, so why did voters reward him with a landslide victory?

Read Here – Project Syndicate

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