27 February, 2021

Delhi Diary

Am I the only one who is a bit nauseated by the constant demand from the American side: “What can you do for us?”

Delhi Diary
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The Foreign Indian Hand

Am I the only one who is a bit nauseated by the constant demand from  the American side: “What can you do for us?” In all the discussions and debates with US policymakers and the media, only one question is being asked: “What does Modi bring to our table?” The list of requirements is formidable. They all revolve around India making life easier for US multinationals. As a result, on this visit our prime minister is always on the defensive­—he needs to “walk the talk”, “cut red tape”, “make environmental clearances instant”, “change the country’s laws to suit American companies”, “woo US corporate chiefs” etc etc. Unfortunately, Modi has fallen into the trap. It would seem India is the supplicant. It seems India must go the...

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