The friendship between Donald Trump and Narendra Modi was well documented during the ‘Howdy Modi’ event in Houston last year and the ‘Namaste Trump’ one in February this year with the US President calling the Prime Minister a “great guy, loved by the people of India”.
With the US presidential elections less than two weeks away, American media is looking at what a Trump re-election or a Joe Biden win would mean for Modi and India.
Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden are set for the final presidential debate on Thursday. The US President last month claimed that he has “great support” from Modi while son Donald Trump Jr warned that Biden was “bad for India”.
Here’s what the US media said about the election’s effect on India:
The Atlantic published a list of “populist and nationalist leaders” with the most to gain from a second Trump term and it includes Modi.
It said that the Trump-Modi bond is rooted in their shared interests, which includes security, defense, and concerns about a rising China, as well as their similar leadership styles.
“They’ve sought to curtail criticism, be it from the press or peaceful protesters, and have utilized exclusionary, nationalist sentiment to stoke their respective bases.”
The Atlantic said that in Trump, “Modi found a president willing to ignore his Hindu-nationalist agenda.” The article mentioned how Trump did not comment on the riots which engulfed Delhi during his India visit in February 2020.
“Still, it’s hard to imagine that Biden would prove as willing as Trump to overlook certain issues, such...