With Justin Trudeau,
the Prime Minister of Canada, wishing Indians a ‘Diwali Mubarak’, it is now the turn of the POTUS to woo the Indian community.
Celebrating his first Diwali at the White House, Donald Trump gave his greetings to Indians and appreciated that how Indian minds have contributed to business, education, science and business in the US.
Recently, Donald Trump in a tweet praised the Pakistani establishment for its efforts combating terrorism and aligning with the American establishment’s vision. This is after he rebuked the Pakistani establishment for not taking the war against terror with enthusiasm.
In a comment at the UN, America’s representative to the UN Nikki Hayley,
made roads for newer roles to be played by India in providing strategic regional partnership to the US. The main focus of the Americans remains the Afghan crisis which warrants a larger role to be played by India.
The American interests in geo-strategic partnership with India will take a new push with Adviser to the POTUS, Ivanka Trump, visiting India the next month.
The agenda doing the rounds between the two countries involves a deep engagement as it wishes to create stability in the Asian region. Pakistan though succumbed to the pressure of the US to reign its belligerent forces, yet there has not been much that Trump could take away.
The stress of the current relations between India and Pakistan remains a little tough than expected since Sharif has been put behind bars, the civil administration has been i suspended animation. The military is taking pot-shots at the government and the rogue ISI has taken advantage over the administrative rungs. The foreign policy of Pakistan is governed by the Pro-Pakistani blind creed which supports the Lashkar, and the Haqqani network. The possibilities of release of Jaish chief, Haafiz Saeed is another worry.
Pakistan sponsored terrorism is not only a worry for India, but it is making the Afghan Civil Government pay huge prices. Peace and stability in Afghanistan, where American troops are still deployed, demand a greater role by India which has helped Afghanistan in many ways.
The prospects of deepening involvement with the US for India are good, and there has to be a mutual role played by the two nations. While Americans cannot repose faith in Pakistan, they need a trusted ally to make their departure from Afghanistan easier. Further the rise of the dragon and its relations with Pakistan, intensifying, America will need a balanced and a stable ally.
This equation will have to be balanced and worked out, and all the political and economic factors be addressed if there has to coexist a working relationship between to countries.
Trump’s Diwali greetings are a signal towards the same step and we must not leave this to chance, while making most of each moment.