That peculiar specimen of Indians who could go to any length for prime minister Modi but opposed Donald Trump tooth and nail, hide under a rock today when one speaks of Indo-American relations. To save face, some of them advance ridiculous versions of issues such as White supremacy, as if it was the most critical challenge of our times and as if their very lives depended on it.
While this so called Trump hating lobby in India selectively Ignores that Pakistan has been waging war against India since past so many years with the financial aids granted to them by United States. the Trump administration has cracked down heavily on the monetary aid that America routinely sent to Pakistan whenever the Pakistan arrived in DC with a begging bowl in hand.
The aid, often sent with a purpose of combating terror, was used to conduct terrorist attacks on Indian soil. As the dollar taps are turned off, perhaps Obama’s fans in India should realize that actions speak louder than words.
But times have changed. Those who made fun of candidate Trump attending a Hindu rally and promising closer ties with India, those who dismissed it as a mere political gimmick, now avoid the issue altogether. Unlike their blue-eyed boy who promised tough action against Pakistan while meeting Indian-Americans on the campaign trail but proved impotent despite finding Osama in Pakistan, at least Trump wasn’t dishonest.
Less than a year into his presidency, Trump has helped India more than Obama could ever dream of. In fact, he has helped us more than any past American president. Narendra Modi never thought Pakistan would cut down on its belligerence if he extended an olive branch to them.
He did it nonetheless, but only to have a case against Pakistan when he would go about setting them straight. Imagine for a moment the effect India’s case against Pakistan would have had on an Obama administration or a Clinton administration. They were at the helm of affairs when the United States killed Osama Bin Laden in a military town of Pakistan. Far from taking any action, Pakistan was rewarded with monetary aid.
India must thank its stars that when the time came to take on and corner Pakistan on the international arena, it wasn’t an Obama administration or a Clinton administration calling the shots in Washington DC. The Trump administration not only supported India’s stance, but actively helped India on its quest. Kashmiri separatists have been declared global terrorists by the administration, which is a clear departure from the neutral stance the Americans have held on Kashmir.
But most importantly, the Trump administration has cracked down heavily on the monetary aid that America routinely sent to Pakistan whenever the Pakistan arrived in DC with a begging bowl in hand. The aid, often sent with a purpose of combating terror, was used to conduct terrorist attacks on Indian soil. As the dollar taps are turned off, perhaps Obama’s fans in India should realize that actions speak louder than words.
Trump’s speech on his administration’s policy in South Asia has been another turning point. Laying out his administration’s policy for the region, he lambasted Pakistan for harboring terror. At the same time, he praised India’s role in rebuilding Afghanistan, and asked India to play a more important role in the future.
Contrary to what many believed he would announce, Trump has refused to fully withdraw American troops from Afghanistan. He seems to have learnt from his predecessor’s mistake, whose hasty withdrawal of troops from Iraq created a void that was eventually filled with the likes of the ISIS. Trump seeks to avoid such a situation in Afghanistan. A potential void in Afghanistan would almost certainly be filled by the Taliban, nurtured and trained by the Pakistan. It has happened before, and Trump doesn’t want history to repeat itself.
There is no politically-correct hyphenated pussyfooting when it comes to dealing with India and Pakistan. For the first time, the Americans have made a clear choice. According to some reports, this has come as a rude shock to the Pakistani’s, who were treated well in the past irrespective of their actions. Protest have erupted in Pakistan against the Trump administration, and senior public servants slated to visit the United States have hastily cancelled their trips. Bilateral talks between Pakistan and the United States stand effectively suspended.
The United States also realizes that it needs a Partner in Asia to keep China in check. The China threat looms large over America’s traditional allies in the continent as well, who are too insignificant to take on the dragon. There is but one country around which all of China’s smaller adversaries can rally, and which can take on China effectively.
The Doklam episode, where in India called China’s bluff, exposed the dragon threadbare and raised India’s stature as an effective counter to the Chinese. The Americans have already encouraged and helped their allies in the region by conducting joint military exercises with India, sharing NATO-level military technology with the Indians, and supporting India’s bid to enter elite international groupings to be at par with the Chinese.
This is the change of mindset that American foreign policy has undergone after the advent of Donald Trump. In fact, though the frauds in the mainstream media continue to focus on Russia and Syria, the rapprochement between two global powers like India and the United States is the most significant story of Trump’s foreign policy so far.