Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-N.Y.) stormed out of the India Day Parade in Queens, N.Y., Aug. 11 after confronted by a community member about his reaction in the wake of the Narendra Modi government’s decision to revoke Article 370 of the Indian Constitution that provides for special status to Kashmir.
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A group of 15 U.S. lawmakers, all Democrats, have appealed to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to intervene in the case of two Indian human and civil rights lawyers— co-founders of The Lawyers Collective — allegedly being harassed and targeted by the government of India that has launched a criminal investigation against them for their activism.
For the Trump administration, beset by the horrific killings of more than 30 innocent civilians in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, by domestic terrorists, including by a white supremacist, the Indian government’s revocation of Article 370 of the Constitution that provided Kashmir special status for decades, was the last thing on their mind.
For all of the bonhomie between President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan on June 28, U.S. business and industry as well as key U.S. lawmakers and policy wonks at influential think tanks, believe the U.S.-India trade spat may be spiraling into a trade war.
While nobody is ready to write off the relations marked by warmth and cordiality, especially under the administrations of George W. Bush and Barack Obama, there are serious concerns regarding the continuation of the relations on an even keel, particularly on trade and business fronts.
The Hall of Flags at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Building in downtown D.C., where the U.S. -India Business Council’s India Ideas Summit was being held on June 12, filled up to capacity with several hundred corporate honchos, Trump administration officials, media and think tankers, when it was announced that Google CEO Sunder Pichai would shortly be accepting USIBC’s Global Leadership Award.
Among several breakout sessions at the U.S.-India Business Council’s India Ideas Summit on June 12-13, was one on ‘Strategies for Successful Digital Infrastructure Deployment,’ where the scene setter and lead panelist was the chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission(FCC) Ajit Pai.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, obviously in an effort to alleviate the recent frictions between Washington and New Delhi, has declared that the Trump administration is all in with regard to the U.S.-India strategic relationship, but hopes “our Indian friends will drop their trade barriers and trust in the competitiveness of their exporters and private-sector companies.”