Turning away from the U.S.
The Indian Express
U.S. President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pretended to get along at last month’s G-20 summit in Japan, said Christophe Jaffrelot. They didn’t fool anyone. America and India are at odds on every front, thanks to the two “strongmen at the helm.” Trump’s “America first” crackdown on immigration has hit India hard. “Thousands of techies” have had their requests for H-1B visa extensions rejected, and the U.S. is considering slashing the number of such visas that go to Indians. Meanwhile, Modi’s attempt to put India first by protecting local retailers has sparked a trade war. Under Modi, India introduced curbs on Amazon and Walmart, which together control most of our country’s e-commerce sector. Trump responded by canceling India’s duty-free access to U.S. markets, and Modi hit back by slapping higher tariffs on dozens of U.S. products. The friction is extending to foreign affairs. Modi is pulling India closer to America’s rivals, including Iran, Russia, and China. India quit buying oil from Iran when the U.S. reimposed sanctions on Tehran, but it is now mulling ways of getting around the sanctions, possibly through exchanging goods for oil. And Modi has not ruled out “joining hands with Russia and China in the emerging trade war with the U.S.” At this rate, can we still call India and America partners?