Prime Minister Narendra Modi is confident that Donald Trump, the US President elect, will be favourably inclined towards India. According to a report in ToI, PM Modi is believed to have said this in an informal discussion on Trump’s win during the dinner hosted by Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan. Modi has reportedly said that he enjoys a good relation with Trump and that Republicans have on a whole been been more favourable towards India, than Democrats. Modi even said that Democrats have been more inward looking, though recent governments have been more friendly. Modi does not expect much change in US approach in terms of bilateral ties with India.
PM Modi was one of the first leaders to congratulate US President elect Donald Trump after the latter won the election in a shocking result. PM Modi had tweeted, “Congratulations @realDonaldTrump on being elected as the 45th US President. We appreciate the friendship you have articulated towards India during your campaign, @realDonaldTrump. We look forward to working with you closely to take India-US bilateral ties to a new height. @realDonaldTrump.” Modi also spoke to Trump to convey his best wishes and hoped the two nations would continue to build on the “bedrock of strong Indo-US ties”.
Trump’s opinion on India has largely been positive. He recently attended an event organised by a Hindu group in the US, and proclaimed his love for India, saying, “I love Hindus”. There is little doubt that India may very well stand to gain from Donald Trump’s presidency, especially in the context of Pakistan. Trump has indicated zero tolerance to terrorism and terrorists and with that in mind, India should look to drive home the important point that Pakistan-sponsored terrorism cannot be taken lightly.
Pakistan media it seems is well aware of this threat, and has thus chosen to warn of its possible implications. It is already wary of what Donald Trump as US President means for the country. It is worried that Trump would likely view Pakistan through the “prism” of India’s policies towards the neighbouring country. An editorial in the Dawn has cautioned that the Modi government may move “very quickly” to project Pakistan as the common rival of the US and India.