Why is India right in inviting Trump this Republic Day

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Republic Day Parade India
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India has sent an invitation to Donald Trump for her Republic Day celebration this January under the charismatic and empowering leadership of Shri Narendra Modi, four years after Modi’s invitation to the then United States president Barack Obama which was not liked by many left leaning intellectuals and anti-nationalist elements across the country.

Debunking all the guff made my left backed organizations including Congress, Modi this time made no delay in inviting Donald Trump, a highly controversial leader who is infamous for his direct remarks and plain-spoken speeches, this 70th Republic Day.

Donald Trump has always been a strong proponent of cordial relationships with India, right from the speeches he made during his presidential campaign till the recent one he delivered impromptu at a joint White House news conference, precisely stating that working with countries like ‘India is a very good thing’. Trump has made his position clear when it comes to India in many events, formally approving of India as US biggest allies in terms of economic policies, bilateral trades and cooperation in security and defense. India was waiting to strengthen the defense ties with US, when at the right time Donald Trump attacked Pakistan claiming that they(Pakistan) have given us nothing but lies and deceit’ and he did not mutter to say that Pakistan gives safe haven to the terrorists.

On April last year, when the US launched 59 Tomahawk missiles against Syria for its alleged use of gas against the civilian population, swiftly followed by the use of largest non-nuclear bomb against an ISIS base in Afghanistan, a silent India knew that Trump is fighting the same war that they have been for several decades. When Shri Modi visited US in June last year, US President Donald Trump in his speech vowed to fight terrorism together with India while issuing a stern warning to Pakistan.

Recent US-China escalating trade wars and Trump’s focus more on China is affecting the ties with India and was evident when Timothy Roemer, former US ambassador to India, admitted that the relationship with New Delhi is under-leveraged by the (US) administration right now. This was further validated when US scrapped two high-level talks with India scheduled for July this year meant to focus on strengthening strategic, security and defense cooperation.
H1B Visa issues is another area which India has raised concerns citing serious impact on IT companies that will have to provide much more supporting evidence to prove that its H1B employees at third-party workplaces qualify for the visas, inviting fresh challenges to place highly skilled resources in US.

Amidst all this, Modi administration inviting Donald Trump is indeed the strategic step that will help strengthen Indo-US relationship for a very long time.

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