"Under a Trump Administration, we are going to become even better friends."
November 2016 has been quite eventful for the nations of India and USA.
Donald Trump triumphed at 2016’s US Elections (beating Hillary Clinton) and Narendra Modi banned 1,000 and 500 rupee notes, to tackle corruption and illegal cash holdings.
So, whilst there have been many negative emotions regarding America’s new president on social media, Modi congratulated Trump on Twitter, saying:
“We look forward to working with you closely to take India-US bilateral ties to a new height.”
We look forward to working with you closely to take India-US bilateral ties to a new height. @realDonaldTrump
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 9, 2016
Alongside India’s Prime Minister, it also seems like Subramanian Swamy, a member of the Rajya Sabha also declared how he was in favour of Trump’s win. He tweeted:
“Tomorrow the next US President will be declared elected. I am for Trump. So is the famous Beijing Monkey.”
In light of Modi’s “India-US bilateral ties” statement, a Hindustan Times report establishes how America under Trump’s presidency will most probably ‘boost strategic ties with India’. Donald Trump says:
“India’s is the world’s largest democracy and is a natural ally of the US. Under a Trump Administration, we are going to become even better friends.”
“I will take the word even out because we are going to be best friends. I look forward to working with Prime Minister Modi, who has been very energetic in reforming the economy and bureaucracy. Great man. I applaud him.”
Similarly, US Ambassador to India – Richard Verma talks to IANS regarding the USA’s approach to the war on terror:
“I am very confident that the security partnership we have in Asia, South-Asia and with India particularly… that standing up against terrorism around the world will continue to be a big priority.”
Bollywood celebrities haven’t taken Trump’s victory well. Here are a few of the Tweets:
— Aditi Rao Hydari (@aditiraohydari) November 9, 2016
Dear America , Trump is what happens when you watch too much Reality TV
— Huma Qureshi (@humasqureshi) November 9, 2016
Donald Duck waddling to the White House doesn't seem to be just a surreal nightmare. Misogyny plays its trump card and wins..
— Twinkle Khanna (@mrsfunnybones) November 9, 2016
This is beginning to feel like an episode out of black mirror #USElection
— kunal kapoor (@kapoorkkunal) November 9, 2016
Overall, the result of US Elections 2016 has astounded the world. The voters chose Trump as president and it is evidence of a sea change that his supporters and the majority in America want.
So far the knowledge of India Trump seems to be somewhat limited with reference to his statement only about ‘Hindus’ and not mentioning any of the other faiths in India during his campaign.
It will now remain to be seen what change Trump really brings to America and how he progresses his international relationships, especially with India in this instance.