Trump's Visit and the Sinister Attempt to Defame Modi
Donald Trump has just completed a two-day visit to India. The visit can be considered a success as during these two days it was apparent to all people that there has been a deepening of the strategic relationship between the United States and India. The first American president ever to visit India was General Ike Eisenhower in 1959. That was the time when Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru was the Prime Minister. This was followed by President Nixon in 1969 and Jimmy Carter in 1979. In 1998 President Bill Clinton also visited India and George Bush came once during his eight-year tenure. There have been more visits to India by American presidents during the last 10 years than in the preceding 60 years. In the last decade, President Obama came twice and now Donald Trump has made a two-day visit.
The greater number of visits by American presidents during the last 10 years shows the growing importance of India as a strategic ally of the United States it also shows the growing economic and military power of India.
There was a sea change in 2014 in the psyche of India. The Bharatiya Janata Party led by Narendra Modi came to power, breaking the hold of the Congress party over the governance of India. Congress had been ruling the country for almost the entire period of 67 years before the BJP came to power. During this period a lot happened which was detrimental to India. India lost two-thirds of Kashmir to Pakistan and China and almost 30,000 mi.² of territory in Ladakh (the Aksai Chin) to China. in addition the government failed to integrate the Muslim community with the nation. They also perpetrated a caste divide and meritocracy was given a go, by enforcing caste-based reservations in jobs in both government and public sectors. The caste-based reservations were applicable only to Hindus and the minorities had to compete for the very few open seats leading to a sense of alienation among the minorities.
Among the majority in India, a feeling grew that the Congress party was creating vote banks to continue to remain in power by giving small sops to the major minority community at the expense of the majority.
Such a policy completely alienated most people in India and resulted in the Congress party being defeated twice in the national elections and reduced to an insignificant number of members in parliament. This resulted in the leader of the opposition post being denied to the Congress party as it never had the requisite number of members required. Another facet of the last decade has been the complete eclipse of the Left parties who have been rejected by the Indian people. For the last 5 /1/2 years of BJP rule, the Left and the Congress party have become desperate to try and overthrow the Modi government by extra-constitutional means, having failed twice in the general election.
Ever since Narendra Modi came to power in 2014, the Congress and its allies the Left parties have been trying their level best to start agitations against the BJP and Modi. For this purpose, they have been instigating the minority community- the Muslims to rise up against the BJP on the plea that their rights are being usurped.
The Congress leadership decided to make another bid to discredit the government and make use of the visit by the American president Donald Trump to highlight the failure of the BJP.
The opposition parties have failed to stop the passage of the Citizens Amendment Bill (CAA) in both houses of Parliament have decided to fan the flames among the minority community during the visit of Donald Trump. This is the genesis of the riots in Northeast Delhi during the visit of the American president.
The Visit and the Rioting
Donald Trump landed in India on 24th February and was given a great welcome in the Indian city of Ahmedabad. He also visited the famous Ashram of Gandhi at Sabarmati and inaugurated the world's largest sports stadium at Motera in Ahmedabad. He also visited the Taj Mahal in Agra and finally landed in Delhi for talks with the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi must have thought that he would utilize the visit of the American president to further his image in India and the world. Unfortunately, there was a complete failure of intelligence and police who never anticipated that certain elements inimical to the BJP would instigate riots by the Muslims against the CAA. It was made out that the CAA would deprive Indian Muslims of their citizenship rights. There is no such provision in the CAA but the masses were swayed by the statements of the leaders and also certain Muslim leaders who have not reconciled to being a part of India.
With the US president in India, it was expected that the opposition would present the best face of India during the visit. However, the opposition parties led by the Congress who have been smarting by their massive defeat and failure to have the numbers in Parliament had already decided that this was the best time to defame Modi. The hatred of the Congress leadership led by the Nehru -Gandhi family of Narendra Modi is almost pathological. They are unable to reconcile to the fact that a man who sold tea at the railway station has become the prime minister of India, more so that he belongs to the BJP which is another mutant of the old Jan Sangh.
As the American president landed in Delhi the north-east of the capital was aflame as the minority community people infiltrated into the city from neighboring Uttar Pradesh. The aim was clearly to disrupt society and create terror. They hoped Trump will take notice of this and do "something". This was a fallacious belief and they failed to note that Trump himself has been talking of Islamic terrorism openly and riots by Indian Muslims were not likely to get his sympathy. Just for information, India is home to 170 million Muslims and the majority do not want to disturb the peace. A fringe extremist element have been instigating violence against the government.
When the banquet was going on in the Rashtrapati Bhavan rioting is the order of the day in north-east Delhi. To date, 14 persons have been killed, forcing the home minister to give the order to the police to shoot to kill. Millions of dollars of public property have also been burnt by the rioters. There is no getting away from the fact that the home ministry which monitors the law and order situation in the country along with the intelligence agencies completely failed to get wind of this conspiracy.
President Donald Trump has completed his visit and is going back to America. He held a press conference before departing and spoke glowingly about his close friendship with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He also took questions on the CAA and said that Prime Minister Modi is very much concerned and believes in religious freedom. Donald Trump is an astute politician and probably he saw through the game of the opposition parties in India. One fact that has now emerged from this visit is that the India -US strategic relationship has become stronger. This is not happy news for both China and Pakistan.
Pakistan had requested Trump to visit Islamabad at least for one hour during his visit to India but the American President rejected the idea. For Narendra Modi, there have been some strategic gains but overall he has lost a lot in India. The failure of his government to contain the rioting and the dud show by the intelligence agencies shows the Achilles heel of the BJP government. One fails to understand that once the rioting had commenced and the police were incapable to control it, why did not the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi ask for army help. The fact remains that 14 people have been killed and property worth millions of dollars destroyed. Who will pay the price for this? I'm afraid Congress and the opposition have written their obituary by tacitly supporting these riots and the result will be seen in the 2024 election which is likely to vote the BJP back to power.