Donald Trump is now at the White House. What does that mean for India?


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Is Donald Trump a suitable President?

Let’s see what experts believe Trump Presidency means for India

As a kid, I was starry-eyed about the States. Almost all Indians are. And yet, with a Trump presidency, I see doubts everywhere in the eyes of believers of the Free World model. Would America be that coveted land of opportunities anymore? What would it mean for the world, and especially for us, now that the reigns of the most powerful land on earth is with a potential madman?

Experts have been contemplating the possibilities for quite a few months now since the caricatured campaign of the questionable leader became a serious threat to Clinton Presidency. While the implications  are scary in general, for India, mercifully, it might not be all bad. Here are a few expert opinions:

What might work out in our favor

Enemy of my Enemy…

As Hindustan Times pointed out in this article from March 2016, the current Indian Government might have a lot in common with a Trump presidency – Conservative, Right-Wing Politics, racial and communal biases, and less than positive feelings towards China, Japan and most importantly, Pakistan. Trump would have to ally with India to fight Chinese invasion of US markets, a move that might be beneficial for India. In fact, Trump might actually go tougher on Pakistan than any Democratic government can hope to do – works for us! It is true though, that since his win, Trump has spoken a lot more favorably of Pakistan and has kept an open communication channel with the nation.

The Hindu Connect

This is related to the first point – but goes slightly deeper. Trump campaigned for the Indian-origin vote bank in the US by appealing to Hinduism, an appeal that must have gone down well with the saffron devotees in our country.

Legal Immigrants can relax

While Trump is openly a bigot, he did not exactly campaign against legal immigrants. His stand on H1-B visas is unclear, although his primary foreign policy adviser, Senator Jeff Sessions, is clearly anti-H1B. This would shake the business set-up in India badly. Of course, it is not as if Clinton would go all out to support H1Bs.

The Obvious Disaster

Return of the Xenophobic

Irrespective of the outcome of this election, the Trump candidacy has revealed the ugly, supremacist, racist underbelly of the false American Dream. Trump is a misogynist, may even be a misanthrope, and has clearly shown psychosocial dysfunctions. To endorse his leadership is to acknowledge that hatred wins. No thinking individual, let alone a self-respecting colored individual, can support his leadership and hope to thrive in a hate based world. And, RIP globalization!

Update: It is heartening to note that Trump has the approval rating of 40%, the lowest of any incoming President in recent times. Also, his Inauguration Event saw abysmally low attendance while a million people from all the states walked against Trump in the ‘Women’s March to Washington’ on the same day 

The Global Economic Crash

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Trump’s Presidency is slated to have severe, negative impact on global economy, according to this Financial Express article yesterday. The repercussions of that on Indian economy will not be positive, although India might be slightly more shielded than the weak European economy.

War Mongering

While he is mercurial and his views might change overnight, Trump has expressed gross agitations that seem to indicate his belligerent nature. To have that man at the helm of the strongest country in the world, with nuclear codes at his fingertips – cannot be good news for any country in the World.

Are you worried? What are your thoughts on Trump leadership? Comment or write to us at editor@blankslatechronicles.com now!

About Anumita Ghosh

Anumita believes her calling has to do with the written words. She loves to write and read, and has recently given up a(n) (almost) rocking career in the Corporate to pursue her passion. Yes, she is slightly off her rocker, but then the society has been largely accepting of her madness. She is the co-founder of Blank Slate Chronicles and a struggling domestic apprentice, not to mention a loving (yet inadequately skilled) mother to a toddler.

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Anumita Ghosh

Anumita believes her calling has to do with the written words. She loves to write and read, and has recently given up a(n) (almost) rocking career in the Corporate to pursue her passion. Yes, she is slightly off her rocker, but then the society has been largely accepting of her madness. She is the co-founder of Blank Slate Chronicles and a struggling domestic apprentice, not to mention a loving (yet inadequately skilled) mother to a toddler.

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