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India should continue its lobbying efforts in US under Donald Trump, says an Indian Academic

Academic Ashok sharma mentioned that India should continue lobbying in the US Congress and the India-US relationship is serious and institutionalised

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New Delhi, Feb 6, 2017: According to an Indian academic familiar with the practice, India should not stop but continue its lobbying efforts in the Us Congress to further its interests with Donald Trump in the White House.

Ashok Sharma, Fellow at the Australia-India Institute in the University of Melbourne and the author of the book “Indian Lobbying and its Influence on US Decision Making” stated that all US Governments have tried to curb the practice of lobbying but failed and Trump too was trying to bring some reforms in the practice, while delivering a lecture on “US-India relations under Trump-Modi administration: What lies ahead”.

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Sharma also mentioned, “The US-India relationship is at a stage where it cannot be derailed. But we have to continue our lobbying efforts in the US Congress if we have to make it the defining partnership of the 21st century.”

India’s lobbying efforts got a strong boost with the formation of the India Caucus in the US House of Representatives in 1993, Sharma informed.

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He said that it was lobbying that helped boost the bilateral relationship that India and US shared and was the reason behind the historic India-US civil nuclear deal signed in 2005.

The Academic also added India-US ties were based on geopolitics and with China making its presence felt in various parts of the world including the Asia-pacific and the rise of Islamic Terrorism, New Delhi has become an important companion for Washington.

As for how President Trump will take India’s relationship with US, his opinion was,” We need to wait and watch 100 days of the Trump administration.”

Sharma believes Trump being a businessman, would look forward to cutting deals with other countries. “He (Trump) is questioning all multilateral deals, including the NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) and TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership).”

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However, Sharma concluded that the India-US partnership was very much institutionalised now and no US President can take in down just like that. (IANS)

 

 

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    The India Lobby has been immensely successful in securing huge advantages for India and in ensuring that India has needed to do virtually nothing to further US interests in India, like America’s interest in recovering its war dead from India’s territory. The question is, Will President Trump do anything to make this relationship more balanced, so that US interests aren’t given short shrift like they were under the Obama Administration? Will the India Lobby be put in its place?

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NEW DELHI: Indian being a political democratic country, houses a lot of political parties. Since independence, many new parties have emerged to take up the fight for various sections of the society. One of the examples of such a party is AAP (Aam Admi Party). AAP came up with strong political ethics to root out issues faced by a commons man but now the very existence of this party is in question due to poor performance and incompetence of some of its top leaders. But the most prominent of all of the political parties in India are BJP (Bharatiya Janta Party) and the Indian National Congress.

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BJP encouraged the construction of the temple of God Rama at the site of the Babri Masjid. Wikimedia Commons

In 1980, BJP surfaced from a former party known as Bharatiya Jana Sangh which was founded by Syama Prasad Mookerjee. BJP’s agenda during the 1980s focused on the ‘Ram Janambhoomi movement’. The party encouraged the construction of the temple of God Rama at the site of the Babri Masjid. This issue gave the Hindu colour denomination to BJP and in 1996; it emerged as the largest party in the parliament. After being kept away from the power for long, Narendra Modi led the BJP to unprecedented heights in the last elections and the competition was put up by him was unmatchable.

On the other hand, Congress is a more matured political party of India. It got established in the year 1885. After the independence, Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru became the leader of free India. Nehru was the front face of the political governance in India but after his assassination, his daughter Indira Gandhi took the charge and became the prime minister in 1966. Unfortunately, Indira Gandhi also got assassinated and her son, Rajiv Gandhi took up the reigns of the party. In the sequence of assassination, Rajiv Gandhi was the next target. Sonia Gandhi came to power in 1998 and she led the party from the front in 2004 elections. This resulted in the political rule of Congress under Manmohan Singh.

After the independence, Congress head Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru became the leader of free India. Wikimedia Commons
After the independence, Congress head Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru became the leader of free India. Wikimedia Commons

The recent Assembly election of Gujarat was a real eye-opener for many, as the people’s right to vote was seen quite considerably y exercised. The Congress resistance in the very own fortress of Narendra Modi was a heavy blow to the Modi wave that swept the country. Although, BJP had the last laugh in the election results but the close fight Syama Prasad Mookerjee from the Congress side was appreciable. The new trend seems to be rebalancing the political scenario in India. The tussle between the BJP and Congress will definitely go down in the history of Indian politics.

Nowadays, Twitter is another playground for political parties. The rule of social media platforms has pushed Indian leaders to communicate in the same manner. It’s vividly seen that people take up to twitter to express their views and differences. Rahul Gandhi vetted his displeasure over the performance of BJP in the latest series of attacks by Rahul against Prime Minister Modi.

Last month only, Rahul Gandhi was crowned as the party head. Therefore, the state polls of 2018 will be an acid test for Rahul to prove his mettle as a leader. It will be interesting to see the new strategies that will be deployed by Congress to take an edge over their arch rivals, BJP.