Prime Minister Narendra Modi has returned to India after a two-day visit to Washington on an invitation by President Trump. This was the first time when both leaders met face to face and discussed many issues. Was the visit as spectacular and impressive as it was during President Obama’s time? Probably not. Was the meeting very cordial, probably yes due to the fact Trump gave Modi a special White House dinner reserved only for leaders of allies and other leaders from super power nations.
In addition, we could see many handshakes, hugs and compliments by our president showing that he did feel happy about the Indian PM.
Trump prepared the ground work well to receive the Indian PM since the day he started campaigning for his election. He repeatedly praised India as a true friend and an ally to fight Islamic terror. A joint statement asked Pakistan to take action against perpetrators of terror in Mumbai and Pathankot.
Trump, who had made comments against India for getting lots of money in signing the climate management deal in Paris, did not bring this issue at all at his meeting. This is a win win situation for Modi and India. India giving orders to purchase 100 planes for Air India was appreciated by Trump as a great gesture to create more jobs for U.S. workers.
The outcome of this meeting was a joint pledge to fight Islamic terror. Calling a Pakistan-based terrorist as a global terrorist and asking Pakistan to punish all the people involved with the Mumbai terror attacks and Pathankot terror attacks was a slap on the face of Pakistan and a warning too.
The two leaders also agreed to supply India with 22 most modern Guardian drones costing more than two billion dollars to monitor the Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal. The decision to conduct one of the largest joint naval exercises between India, the U.S. and Japan in the Pacific Ocean and indirectly giving a strong signal to expansionist China and its hostile designs against its neighbors was a master stroke by both these neighbors.
The U.S. and India also agreed to accelerate and reduce trade barriers between two countries, and India importing more natural gas from the U.S. was a great outcome of the joint session. By givng more than two billion dollars’ worth of anti-missile radars and other defense equipment to Taiwan, Trump showed that the U.S. does not allow bullying by China on its friends and neighbors.
China trying to cross borders in the Nathula pass and preventing pilgrims from India going to Manas sarovar yatra and the Chinese government-controlled media asking India not to forget the 1961 war and warning India shows that Modi’s mission got accomplished.
As more and more lawmakers are joining the India Caucus and want the U.S. and India to become strong and trusted allies, things seem to be going good for Modi and India. The U.S. has agreed to treat India as an ally for all defense deals and cooperation given to NATO allies.
For Indian Americans who attended Modi’s reception in Washington, his speech devoted more time to educate the people on all the areas where his government has made an outstanding progress. Modi, while praising all the people for their success and prosperity, did not forget to tell them to focus more on bonding their children with India.
Taking all issues into consideration, this visit by the Indian PM was a success. As Trump is known for his unpredictability, only lawmakers and CEOs of major companies who welcomed Modi and participated in all his meetings could guarantee strong U.S.-India relations.
Los Angeles, Calif.