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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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