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US Elections and India

Narrow Interests or Common Principles?

The implications of the United States presidential elections for India and the positions of the candidates in fray are often viewed through the lens of narrow interests of the ruling classes masquerading as national interest. The implications for India’s national interests cannot be delinked from the possible impacts of the results of the presidential contest for the values such as democracy, equality and peace.

An unprecedented uncertainty has gripped the United States (US) as it prepares to go for its 59th quadrennial presidential elections (Piven and Bhargava 2020). A country that earlier claimed to be a democratic model for the world, is not certain whether it will get to know on the same night the results of election to be held on 3 November 2020. There are widespread apprehensions that President Donald Trump might refuse to accept the results if he loses, a result whose likelihood has been growing by the day in recent months as the US has been ravaged by the COVID-19 pandemic, its disastrous economic fallouts and social unrests on many fronts (Al Jazeera 2020).

As it happens often, the developments in the US, especially the quadrennial elections are being watched the world over with deep interest and curious speculations (Jaishankar 2020). In India too, as always, it is a matter of deliberations as to who will be favourable for Indias interest (Maini 2020). It is undeniable that Trump has a large number of supporters in our country. As he continuously raised anti-Muslim rhetoric in his 2016 election campaign, he won many hearts in India. It must be remembered that just two years before Trumps election, India after an interval of three decades had elected a single party to the power with full majority (in the lower house of the Parliament) on almost similar campaigning. So, it is not coincidental that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Trump have occasionally appeared on public platforms posing as friends, complementing each other with full vigour (Menon 2020). Last year, in an event called Howdy Modi at Houston in the US, Prime Minister Modi, though in a curious manner, endorsed Trump in his bid for second term as president. Even earlier, we were witness to an emerging confluence between Modi and Trump administrations (actually among many world leaders of new populist and demagogic traits).

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Published On : 12th Jan, 2024

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