Opinion Opinion: With Trump's visit, the world can't ignore India protests

23:40  25 february  2020
23:40  25 february  2020 Source:   dw.com

New 1,640 Foot Wall to Hide Slums in India From Trump’s View

  New 1,640 Foot Wall to Hide Slums in India From Trump’s View As President Donald Trump’s motorcade makes its way from the airport in the Indian city of Ahmedabad next week anticipating millions of cheering Indians waiting to greet him at a sprawling cricket stadium, there’ll be a few thousand locals hidden from view. © AP Photo/Ajit Solanki Indian residents of a slum near Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium hold eviction notices served to them in Ahmedabad, India, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. The city’s municipal corporation has built a four-foot-high wall to hide a stretch of slums on the American leader’s route.

But the violence during Trump ' s visit shows that the issues currently shaking India can no longer be ignored by the world , says DW's Mahesh Jha. PM Modi has made India into a force that cannot be ignored by the US.

"For Trump ' s reception in Ahmedabad, they wrote ' world 's largest democracy meets world 's oldest democracy' on a wall In pictures: Trump visits Modi in India . Left-party activists protest visit . On his way into the UNESCO world heritage site, Trump told reporters that it was an "incredible place."

PM Modi has made India into a force that cannot be ignored by the US. But the violence during Trump's visit shows that the issues currently shaking India can no longer be ignored by the world, says DW's Mahesh Jha.

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US President Donald Trump used his trip to India to forge a more intense relationship with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Modi and Trump are leaders of similar kind. They not only support each other, they also learn from each other.

Trump loves a big crowd. He’ll get one of his biggest in India.

  Trump loves a big crowd. He’ll get one of his biggest in India. Trump ensured his overture to Indian-American voters, a growing force in the U.S. that has generally backed Democrats, would come packed with spectacle.He’ll find it all in India — he made sure of it.

President Trump announced progress toward a potential trade agreement between the United States and India in a joint public appearance with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi. I know Prime Minister Modi will agree that this has been a very productive visit for both of our countries.

Trump and Modi are scheduled to announce agreements at a news conference on Tuesday, capping off Trump ’ s two-day visit . American dairy farmers, distillers and drugmakers have been eager to break into India , the world ’s seventh-biggest economy, but talks between Washington and New Delhi

Trump has shown his supporters with his India trip that their leader is respected on an international stage, and Modi was able to show his supporters that world's biggest power is with him.

The trip was successful so much so that both leaders got what they wanted. As always, Trump wanted a deal, which he got in the form of a 3-billion-dollar defense agreement, and cooperation in energy and trade deals. Keeping in mind his own re-election this year, Trump also wants Indian support in the US-China rivalry. Clearly, Trump was trying to bring democratic India into his fight against authoritarian China.

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India got assurances of US support in New Delhi's conflict with Pakistan. And more importantly, Trump did not criticize India on the issue of religious freedom.

Trump receives warm welcome in India

  Trump receives warm welcome in India AHMEDABAD, INDIA (AP) — Kicking off a whirlwind 36-hour visit to India that emphasizes pageantry over policy, President Donald Trump received a warm welcome Monday on the subcontinent — including a mega-rally named after a traditional Indian greeting — meant to reaffirm ties while providing enviable overseas imagery for a president in a re-election year. © Provided by Associated Press Security officers stand behind a glass enclosure next to empty seats expected to be taken by U.S. President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Sardar Patel stadium in Ahmedabad, India, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020.

Mounting intercommunal violence in Delhi threatened to overshadow the second day of President Trump ’ s maiden visit to India , with at least 11 people killed and scores injured as rioting engulfed parts.

Trump is in the country to discuss trade agreements and seek an economic balance in the region that acts as a counterweight to China' s economic power. In New Delhi there were also protests on Monday against a new citizenship law that provides accelerated naturalization for some religious minorities

When India was welcoming the US president with gala events in Gujarat and Agra, the capital New Delhi was burning in violence that left 10 people dead. As opponents criticized Modi for ignoring the clash between supporters and opponents of a controversial citizenship law, Trump refused to comment on the new law, and said India will make the right decision on its own. He also lauded the Modi, saying India has worked "hard" for religious freedom.

As the US president stands behind Modi, now is the time for the Indian leader to control his own political supporters and hardcore Hindu activists, all of whom are bent upon tarnishing his leadership and spoiling his image outside the country.

A violent India does not fit into the vision of modern international power, which plays its rightful role in preserving the international order. This is a vision that includes India becoming economically strong, supporting the development of the world economy, while actively participating in peace building mechanisms in disturbed areas.

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Author: Mahesh Jha

As riots engulf India's capital, two friends cross religious divide to document violence .
As sectarian violence engulfed entire neighborhoods of New Delhi last week, Sreekanth Sivadasan watched as his good friend Abdulla Shaheen was forced to hide his religion out of fear Hindu rioters would kill him. © Sreekanth Sidavasan Image: A woman sobs at the sight of her husband, who was shot in the face while sitting outside his home on Tuesday, Feb. 25. "Had they known he was a Muslim, he would have been killed right there. The situation is as bad as that," Sivadasan, a Hindu, told NBC News via the WhatsApp messaging service.

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