Trump’s free pass to Modi on home agenda: Shivshankar Menon

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NEW DELHI: Former nationwide safety adviser (NSA) Shivshankar Menon has alleged that US President Donald Trump has given “the Modi authorities a free cross on its controversial home agenda” and that this has drawn sharp reactions from the Democrats, threatening the bipartisanship consensus within the US on strengthening ties with India.

In an article written in American journal International Affairs forward of the US presidential election, Menon wrote, “Underneath Modi, India has excluded Muslim immigrants from the trail to citizenship and restricted the autonomy of the Muslim-majority Jammu and Kashmir area. Tired of human rights and democracy, Trump has given the Modi authorities a free cross on its controversial home agenda.”

The article, titled ‘How Trump and Modi Refashioned the U.S.-Indian Relationship’, is the sharpest critique but of India-US ties beneath the Modi authorities by Menon, who served because the NSA beneath Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Nonetheless, Menon additionally referred to Indo-American convergence vis-a-vis China. “Looming above every little thing, after all, is China. Whether or not due to a perception that its time has come or a results of inner stress, China has grown markedly extra assertive over the previous decade, and even prior to now 12 months…India and the USA share a broad view of the problem that China poses,” he wrote within the influential international coverage publication. “Additionally they agree on the specifics of what to do about it within the huge expanse of ocean stretching from the east coast of Africa to the west coast of the US, a area that each now name ‘the Indo-Pacific’.”

Menon went on to assert that it has largely been the Democrats, together with Indian American members of Congress, comparable to Pramila Jayapal of Washington State and Ro Khanna of California, who’ve expressed public disquiet about a few of Modi’s home insurance policies. “The bipartisan consensus in the USA on strengthening ties with India is at risk,” the previous NSA alleged.

The actual narrowing has been within the thoughts, with either side now conceiving of the connection in transactional, slightly than principled, phrases, in keeping with Menon. “Trump’s disdain for world order, worldwide establishments, and multilateral cooperation has been met with a shrug by Modi’s authorities. Neither facet appears to have a long-term strategic imaginative and prescient for the connection…” Menon wrote.

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