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India draws US closer despite distractions

  • Published
    13th Oct, 2023

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Contrasting Indo-Canadian relations and renewed diaspora engagement is lingering trade concerns, and future prospects.

Contrasting Indo-Canadian and Indo-American Relations

  • Trudeau's Divisive Indo-Canadian Ties: Canadian Prime Minister’s association with controversial Indo-Canadians strains Ottawa-New Delhi relations, contrasting with harmonious Indo-American celebrations in Washington.
  • Distinguished Indian American Gathering: Indian Americans come together, reaffirming commitment to India-US relations, hinting at heightened cooperation.
  • India's Unity in Diversity in Display: Event at India House highlights India's unity in diversity, a stark contrast to perceived threats in India and divisive Canadian ties.

Reinventing Engagement with Indian Diaspora in the US

  • Renewed Focus on Indian American Community: Indian government seeks to revamp engagement with Indian Americans, elevating bilateral relations, emphasizing substance over mere photo opportunities.
  • Challenges Faced by India-US Relations: Fallout from Ukraine, trade issues, and negative media coverage pose significant challenges to India's strategy of strengthening ties with the US.
  • Strategy Shift: Unusual liberal backlash in the US signifies a shift in tactics for bolstering India-US relations, aiming for priority status.

Addressing Opportunities

  • Robust Initiatives and Accelerated Collaboration: INDUS-X builds on iCET, showcasing remarkable speed and accountability, indicating a positive shift in bureaucratic actions for India-US collaboration.
  • Lingering Trade and Commerce Concerns: Despite ambitions, India-US Trade Policy Forum's sporadic meetings and lingering trade issues hinder the positive impact on both nations.
  • Way Forward for India-US Relations: Strengthening trade ties offers potential benefits for both Indian and American people, serving as a cornerstone for bilateral relations.
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