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No trade deal, no Kashmir win, no investment but BJP celebrating Modi return from US

Nothing on trade, no American company wants to invest and to top it all off, Modi was told he would ‘get along well’ with Imran Khan while in US.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday returned home to a rousing welcome from BJP party workers and supporters despite not having secured the much-touted trade deal with the US. Also, the issue of Kashmir became further complicated between him and US President Donald Trump despite a massive spectacle of bonhomie between the two leaders at ‘Howdy, Modi!’.

Prime Minister Modi scored clear nil in the most contentious issue of trade during his weeklong trip to America. Trade has undoubtedly become an unavoidable stumbling block in the relationship, even as both sides continue to fiercely fight out trade disputes at the World Trade Organization (WTO).

While it is true that Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal continues to brainstorm along with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer in Washington DC, a so-called ‘limited’ trade deal remains as elusive as it was before Modi’s visit.

Also read: Modi has convinced the world Kashmir is India’s internal affair – but they’re still watching

No trade deal

When the Modi government came back to power for the second time with a landslide victory earlier this year, the US was clearly not amused. Within days of the government settling into office, the Trump administration cracked the whip on India in May and revoked the trade benefits given under the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) programme. The US was threatening to do so since before the elections. This was an unprecedented act on US’ part because ever since the GSP programme started in 1974, it was never taken away from India.

It is true that previous US administrations, particularly the Barack Obama administration, did threaten to revoke it, but in reality, it never walked the talk much to India’s relief.

India, on the other hand, whether it was under former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh or under Prime Minister Modi, has always claimed, rather arrogantly, that the withdrawal of GSP did not impact India’s foreign trade much. New Delhi’s public posturing has always been that the GSP, or tariff-free access to US markets for Indian goods, is not really needed as India is not an underdeveloped country anymore.

However, exporters tell a different tale.

Indian shipments under GSP programme get a benefit of around $6.4 billion, which is now gone. It was widely expected that the GSP would be restored during Prime Minister Modi’s trip, and it seemed all the more plausible after ‘Howdy, Modi!’, but eventually it turned out to be a damp squib.

This despite Trump being a “true, warm, friendly and accessible” friend of Modi’s.

Prime Minister Modi was not even able to restore a waiver from US’ high duties on Indian shipments of steel and aluminium during his mega visit.

In March 2018, the US raised duties on Indian exports of steel and aluminium under Section 232 of the US Trade Expansion Act of 1962 on “national security” grounds. Despite several pleas, America has not given India an exemption from it.

Currently, both sides continue to discuss the trade deal and it remains shrouded in secrecy. India has not been able to offer much to the Americans in terms of lowering tariffs on information and communications technology (ICT) products or doing away with price caps on medical devices.

Trade ties under Trump administration have gone from bad to worse. Since 2017, the US has not held its annual dialogue on trade – US-India Trade Policy Forum – with India.

Meanwhile, both sides continue to fight out a plethora of costly cases at the WTO. In fact, in 2017, the US was on the brink of imposing trade sanctions on India through the WTO over a decade-long poultry dispute.

Also read: How Modi, Imran gave Trump a 1-week crash-course in the nasty history of Indo-Pak ties

A washout investment roundtable

Let us not forget that the Modi government has anyway been averse to trade since the very beginning. It had reopened all the existing trade agreements that India has with partner countries for a review in his Modi’s first term and the process is still underway.

Prime Minister Modi has been keener on foreign direct investment. Hence, a major highlight of his visit was an investment roundtable organised under the umbrella of ‘Invest India’ where American business honchos participated.

During his weeklong trip, Modi met around 17 American energy conglomerates from the oil and gas sector in Texas and 40 American multinationals from banking to defence, in New York.  Even on that front, India was left high and dry as none of the American multinationals that met and applauded “Modi’s vision” yet committed to any big-ticket investment, which could have come as a respite for a slowing Indian economy that is facing rapid job losses.

This at a time when American companies based in China are aggressively looking for greener pastures due to the raging US-China trade war.

Only one MoU was signed between India’s Petronet and American oil and gas major Tellurian Inc. Under this MoU, India’s Petronet will buy 18 per cent equity stake in Tellurian’s proposed Driftwood LNG terminal for $2.5 billion. Both sides will conclude the contract by 31 March next year. So, the promise of $60 billion trade and 50,000 jobs that Modi highlighted as an outcome of the MoU also are castles in the air for now.

Despite pleas about India’s improvement in Ease-of-Doing-Business index and smoother taxation, American investors cited issues such as data localisation, complex taxation and other stringent regulatory processes as hurdles for investing in India.

Also read: Modi on terror, Imran on Kashmir, Greta on climate – New York saw all the action this week

Kashmir gets further complicated

On the issue of Kashmir, too, Prime Minister Modi could not extract much from his “friend” Trump. While Trump continued the rhetoric of mediating the Kashmir issue between New Delhi and Islamabad unabashedly, the US also demanded “rapid action” in easing restrictions in Jammu Kashmir, and urged India to hold elections at the “earliest opportunity”.

During his bilateral meeting with Modi, President Trump told the Prime Minister that to the US, Iran is a bigger concern as far as terrorism is concerned than Pakistan. He also said in front of Modi that the Prime Minister and his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan will “get along well” if they meet.

This was the third meeting between Modi and Trump in the Prime Minister’s second term.

But it was an anti-climax when President Trump’s parting shot to PM Modi was: “I think Prime Minister Modi and Prime Minister Khan will get along when they get to know each other. I think a lot of good things will come from that meeting.”

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  1. I think the fact that the US is deferring to India’s wisdom in the matter of Kashmir is a major diplomatic victory.
    Regarding foreign investments and trade deals, Trump is looking for his country’s interests, as we are for ours. If there’s common ground, we’ll hammer a deal out. Gone are the days when India would prostrate for grants and aid, like Imran is now.

  2. Finally an Indian newspaper that is not afraid to state their mind. Free speech is dead in India as is Tolerance after the BJP has come to power. The Media simply parrots the Government is is terrified of asking probing questions, people are maligned if they simply ask for evidence or proof.
    Sad state of affairs in India really but the worst is yet to come and that is the slowing of India’s economy, communal riots and its defeat at the hands of China and Pakistan.

  3. WOW !!!!!!! Welcome to Intolerant India….just because truth was told this journalist should be thrown out ???
    WHat dream world are you Indians living in ? Fact is Modi failed to secure any deal with the US..that is no secret.
    I think people like you should be thrown out who cannot face reality.

  4. PRINT ! You have given permission for Pakistan news paper DAWN to reproduce your article.They are really celebrating reading your article.It happens form India only !Your article dose not not make sense

  5. Glad to know that despite Indian Government’s national policy on veiling the truth. Indian digital news outlets have not lost the hope to question and criticise the government on foreign affair front.
    Im positive that despite the Nazi inspired RSS agenda on stifling the truth, Indian public at large will triumph over the oppressive regime

  6. If you can wait from the day of Indian Independence till 2014, for all the disasters and shame by the ruling parties, then why can’t you wait now. Else you must say that, nobody ruled India to make it prosperous.

  7. Modi’s recent US visit was a diplomatic victory and it is that aspect of his US tour that the people were celebrating. Diplomacy, trade and investments are entirely different issues. Trade and investments decisions are taken by business entities based on commercial considerations and not on diplomatic relations between two countries. The very fact there are trade issues between Japan and US despite Japan being US’ strategic partner and China is US’ major trade partner notwithstanding their declining relations speaks for the point.
    The fact Modi clearly articulated India’s position of Article 370 not just in front of Trump but also to the law makers from other political dispensation in US and demonstrated the people’s support to the move by the standing ovation of the people is commendable and it has to a large extent put an end to criticism to India’s move from US as well as from the rest of the world.
    Trump during a meet with the Press in reply to question on the misdeeds of Pakistan against India, stating that ‘Modi will handle it’ is a clear indication of US acceding to India’s leadership role in South Asia.
    I think we need to be graceful in accepting the successes of the Prime Minister of the country irrespective of party affiliation as these are ‘India’s success stories’. At the same time flaws and shortcoming of the Government need to be brought out with the intention of improving our governance and standing in the world and not to denigrate and individual.

    • Hardly a success story Sir…but if it makes you sleep better at night to think your PM did a good job than fine.

      • We have been sleeping peacefully since 2014. It’s the sleep of a lot of fiberals that have been upset and it’s fun to watch.

    • Thank you for mentioning that 🙂
      At least there is one Newspaper in India’s digital sphere which doesnt have a gun pointed at their head

  8. The Author written article with biased mind with sole intention to give a negative imprint on Modi & its party workers . Why the Author is so jealous of BJP party workers giving warm welcome to their Party Leader Modi who returned after handling a difficult task at World Forum that too after abrogation of Article 370 ? The Author seems to did find even a single positive aspect from his visit except negatives & negatives. Where as the other articles in The Print have given & narrated score of positives from Modi visit to USA. The Author did not look at large party workers in Pakistan who welcomed their PM Imran Khan on his return from USA visit. Views expressed by The Author on Trade deal is really shocking. Even dumbest reader knows through information available in open, that negotiations had still some hurdle & fine tuning in negotiation terms & to be completed in next round & hence no deal could be announsed. This effect Trump himself announced on Trade in interaction with Media . Why The Author has not read from Press conference held by MODI & TRUMP? Is it deliberate from The Author or just blind to fulfill her intention to criticise Modi & BJP mob? Modi met Top CEOs and invited them to invest in India & gave reasons why they should invest in India. The Authors say no investment offer came from the meeting. Her criicism is laughable. , If Journalist expect investment by just meeting CEOs, than Modi would have opened his office in Houston, Texas New York,San Jones etc. The Author do not seems have business knowledge. We come to The Print website by subscribing to learn & to know good unbiased views and not to see biased views on Political scoring against BJP or any other Political party. Mr Shekhar Gupta editor of The Print should ensure fair journalism on website of The Print other wise Readers may tag The Print as mouth piece of a particular Political Party. I have faith in Mr Shekhar Gupta Promoter owner of The Print whom Tatas have trusted & invested to ensure The Print does not turn out a mouth piece of any Political Party

  9. The FAILURE to get the free-trade deal is actually VERY GOOD for millions of Indians. Earlier, I warned that the Big Pharma and the health insurance industries of the US are ogling the Indian market and are trying to get corporate protectionism for their business interests in the one of the world’s biggest markets, India. Here’s WHY?

    “Every year, the U.S. government, through the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, prepares its Special 301 Report, which identifies countries that do not provide “adequate and effective” intellectual property (IP) protection, creating hostile conditions for American trade and preventing “fair and equitable market access.” In 2019 rendition, released in April, the report strongly criticized India for having what it deems to be IP laws that are particularly hostile to American business interests.

    Of course, that report was informed by submissions made by PhRMA, a lobbying group that represents the American pharmaceutical industry. It also takes issue with the Patents Act of India, due to its narrow patentability standards, which put a firm limit on the patentability of pharmaceutical innovations that do not display therapeutic efficacy. This is in contrast to the endless add-on patenting in the United States, which allows pharmaceutical companies to extend exclusivity and therefore pricing power for their medications.

    A week before Modi’s visit, the U.S. medical device manufacturing and pharmaceutical companies sent a delegation, alongside Kenneth I. Juster, the U.S. ambassador to India, to give a two-and-a-half-hour presentation to the Indian commerce minister, Piyush Goyal. In it, they demanded the country remove price caps on medical devices. Goyal even asked the representatives of Indian medical device manufacturers to leave the room during the closed-door session. That meeting was a tone-setting prologue for last week’s negotiations.

    There are three key provisions in the intellectual property rights chapter of the renegotiated NAFTA that would also be incorporated into any free-trade pact with India, all of which would prove to be a major coup for American pharmaceutical profiteering. First, patents would be granted for all innovations, including new methods, uses, and processes of using a known product. That alone would represent a major overhaul of the Indian Patents Act, which only provides patents if the innovations prove therapeutic efficacy.

    Next, it would grant data exclusivity for a minimum of five years for new pharmaceutical products, ten years for biologics—pharmaceuticals derived from biological sources—and an additional three years for new clinical information. And finally, it would require linking of marketing approval of generic drugs to the patent status of that drug (patent linkage), which would considerably enhance the monopoly power of the patent holder.

    Such provisions would enable pharmaceutical corporations to attain never-ending monopoly positions. Take Novartis’s drug Imatinib. Due to India’s health-friendly laws and policies—its Patents Act in particular—the country was able to reject secondary patents of Imatinib, which resulted in multiple competitors in India manufacturing the lifesaving cancer drug at much lower costs. In the U.S., however, Novartis was able to extend its price-setting exclusivity on the drug’s creation for six additional years beyond that initial patent expiration date.

    The runaway cost of insulin in the United States is a more general and egregious example. Evergreening patents has allowed insulin manufacturers to charge ten times what they charge in neighboring Canada for the same product. That dumbfounding spike in insulin costs, which has only accelerated through the Trump years, has resulted in numerous deaths due to rationing.

    Locking developing countries into regressive patent laws to protect the profits of the pharmaceutical industry is a time-honored tradition in American trade policy. The Obama administration put India on a special “trade blacklist” in 2013, after the country refused to prevent the generic manufacture of multiple cancer drugs, and periodically lashed out at the Indian government for its policy of providing low-cost access to prescriptions around the world.

    The U.S. government’s demand for Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) provisions, aimed at expanding the monopolies of U.S. corporations and keeping competitors out of the market, is a signature prerequisite of joining the World Trade Organization, and appears in everything from NAFTA to the thwarted Trans-Pacific Partnership.

    Of course, Trump campaigned as a trenchant opponent to the status quo of American trade deals, hammering NAFTA and indicting the TPP in his indictment of the Obama-Clinton axis. But, in an exceedingly predictable turn of events, Trump is now championing exactly those sorts of arrangements, directly undermining his own rhetoric on even his pet policy proposals.

    “The trade deal is a short-cut to take away India’s public health safeguards, which ensures affordable medicines and treatment to millions of people in India,” said Leena Menghaney, head of Doctors Without Borders’ Access Campaign in South Asia. “A trade deal with the U.S. will not only be disastrous for India, but also for all other developing and least-developed countries where Indian generics are exported.” India’s generic drug industry is the world’s largest.

    Escalating prices enshrined by American patent laws don’t merely signal a gold rush for American pharmaceutical corporations. The threat of raised prices on everything from syringes and pacemakers to bandages could reverberate throughout the global market. Many of those items are exported to other countries; even American patients could be affected.

    Of course, if Trump was serious about lowering drug prices, he could do so much more expeditiously by working on patent reform. That issue hasn’t been raised since a 2011 push by the Obama administration to rein in some of the more egregious patent practices that have been uniquely responsible for escalating prices in the United States. The bill was downed in Congress, and hasn’t been touched since.

    The arrangement recalls the Janus-faced nature of the Trump experience in miniature: an empty pledge to curtail the most extreme corporate abuses, while actively facilitating untold corporate giveaways behind the scenes. After meeting Tuesday, Trump indicated that a deal with India would be announced soon. Though he’ll likely tout himself as a champion of lower drug prices on the campaign trail, his administration is poised to give pharmaceutical companies even more than they could have hoped for.”

    If I were Nayanima Basu, I will ask, “Why did Piyush Goyal ask the representatives of Indian medical device manufacturers to sit out of the negotiations?” Your hatred for the current government is blinding you from asking the relevant questions and indulging you in writing useless nonsense articles. Your job is to be impartial, objective and to inform the readers. In this respect, you have failed millions of Indians on such crucial issues for the second time in the last ten days!

  10. (1) To all cerebral readers on this website, recommending Chapter 5 of the book ‘How India seed the World’ by respected former diplomat Shyam Saran. The hardback edition is available at an affordable Rs. 599; (2) Hope this article appearing in ‘Dawn’ becomes instrumental in encouraging the Pakistani press to become equally critical of their government’s way of handling the Kashmir issue.

  11. This article was written to help Pakistan and boost moral of a disaster spectacle called Pakistan. Don’t believe google Dawn and this article writer.
    Total biased misinformation campaign … credibility of this media outlet is zero

  12. UNGA is an annual pilgrimage leaders of major nations must perform. This year Modi’s task was cut out : to blunt Imran Khan’s expected attacks on India on Kashmir. Modi achieved that with a finesse. First through the bonhomie at Houston he got Trump off his back on Kashmir. Second, he purposely left out any mention of Kashmir in his address at the UNGA, conveying to the world at large that it was India’s internal matter and need not be discussed in international fora.
    Trade deal with US was always a secondary matter

  13. This is what is saw in the Pakistani news paper DAWN about your article
    “This article originally appeared in The Print and has been reproduced with permission.”
    Here is the URL :
    So Shekhar Gupta, Editor-in-Chief and Chairman of ThePrint gave permission to Pakistani News paper for using this Article.
    You can express your own opinions and write whatever you want but why are you giving permission to other countries to spread negativity about us and our Prime Minister

  14. I think they will get a limited trade deal. Abe had to run around for almost an year but he got a small 7 billion dollar trade deal, so it will likely be a very small part of the overall goods trade probably giving in on poultry. Looking at the future, the RCEP agreement is probably more important as Trump might not be there after in an year. On Kashmir, it will just muddle along no matter what anyone says or thinks. As for BJP going gaga, its hardly surprising that a political party is indulging in marketing its product. All these celebrations are for their party workers beyond that it will be ignored by everyone else.

  15. I have a strong opinion this Howdy Modi event has worked well. US press and media has commented well in favour of Modi & India. US media has also acknowledged Indian Americans numbering about 4.4 millions are a large and rising community in US doing terribly good for US economy. India’s and Modi’s image has gone up. Modi is acknowledged as an international and well known leader in US. I am of considered view India has gained a good notch both at political and investment front.

  16. It’s alright Nayanima – why shouldn’t you get your 2 mins of fame. It’s important to be critical …. in fact, I hope and believe Imran Khan with his vitriol will make India stronger and more accommodating of fellow Indians.

    That said your article is nothing more than masala. Would you highlight which other government signed a major deal during UNGA? Is that the forum for it? We all know this was about posturing and I am sure you and Mr Gupta are well aware of it ——

    unfortunately you Mr Gupta have fallen prey to the same sensationalization that you accuse others of

  17. Indeed india has large market but it would compromise to US and Europe in trade war because india’s system is much weak to the former one. As for kashmir issue, in my opinion its not belong to pak neither india, it should be solved by giving the right of self determination to kashmiris.

  18. BJP is wasting lots of public money on such rallies to promote Modi as great International leader. Had there been in any reality that then the International media would have done this job. And Modi himself uses his own name in speeches 100 times to promote himself and fool his Bhakats. Great leaders have never used their own names to promote themselves. Their actions speak for them.

    • No public money wasted. It was South Asian people living in US and Canada who funded the event.

      Modi was going to UNGA meeting anyway, he just detoured to Houston.

      Public perception in the West has to be changed from whatever the British media has been telling the people in the last 50 years. This was a great opportunity to do that. Indians are less prosperous but far better than what the British left behind in 1947 or better what the Indians were at the turn of century in 2000.

      As regards to trade deal. It is a done deal until last the last minute when US came up with new demands. Greater US investment is guaranteed after a Modi met a host of CEOs in Houston.

      Kashmir issue is unsolvable without a major war. It is now up to Pakistan as when to start it.

      I would say that one single visit achieved a lot.

  19. This article is featured in Pakistani daily Dawa what else could be expected from you.This news portal is workinf like agent of Pakistan.
    Well,your time is counting,moron.Fake journalist.No knowledge of journalism.

    • Yeah. These shameless morons will go to any extent to seel Kashmir to Pakistan. This is the new route. Again a Bengal journalist hating Modi. Nothing new.

  20. Bakhts noticed here in comments they are vomiting can not digest the truth written above.
    It has now become religious race from the day Modi has taken the chair and it is increasing and now the other side Muslims have also taken the same stand. Some Bakhts are planning here only how we can control that and this. So far we did that now we will do this.Another day in paradise.
    If it contues we will have to see mess everywhere and it is not that easy.
    Let us be human and see the problem as a human.

    • We r n Bhakts but it’s better to be bhakts of India rather doing Bhakti if a rougue terrorist state like Pakistan . it is painful to see such articles written to make Pakistanis happy. Have u ever seen Pakistanis doing that?? If they do they r sent to jail by the present Pak Govt. What did Imran Khan achieve in UNGA? Why didn’t ms basu write on his failures?? She can write articles to appease Pakistanis because she is paid by them.

  21. Fair enough for media to question the BJP. However, it has been chaotic wherever you look. The British PM had to return with his tail between his legs; the Trump administration considering ‘delisting’ of Chinese firms from Wall Street; China getting desperate about 5G roll out in India; Hong Kong going crazy etc etc. This is not the India of the 18th century in which vested interests compromised a great deal with East India Company. This is India under a leader who is not short of confidence. Even the more sedate MMS government didn’t capitulate to ‘bigger’ powers, then how does one expect Modi to give in to demands so easily?

    • Modi did give in to the US demand that Iran stop importing oil from Iran, or else there woule be sanctions on India. Iran, of course didn’t like it at all. Now it says India’s work is slow in Chhabar port. The next thing is, may be it would take the port from India’s hands, and give it to China, or Russia. Iran has defied the US in spite of severe sanctions on it, and has said in no uncertain terms that it wouldn’t talk to the US unless it lifts the sanctions first.

  22. Narendra Modi​ want the West (US & EU Prime Economies) must allocate a large sum per year only for India. India have never tried to be an ally of any of such Country & delay all US Policies since 1958 & never cooperates with EU. Indian Politicians are adamant with their large sum demand as they consider as India supply highest amount of manpower to the West, it makes them fit for such a demand. None of the US Ally have such a demand. Indian Politicians want to make vote tendencies with foreign money as they can’t achieve with national ability. Why Indian Politicians are special?

  23. Here comes another Shivam Vij type moroon who was only born to see bad in Modi and see everything good with Gandhi family..

  24. The perils of democracy…the value of the vote of a don key and a horse is the same. I am surprised…you have not gone ahead and asked for the amount of money that was spent on the trip. Kashmir..Article 370 was a coup…if you cannot understand the significance…all the best

  25. Kashmir is now recognized Indias internal matter, author is not patient to understand the outcome of UNGA meeting and investment meets happens in due time, it’s not 30 min pizza order

  26. The Comments Above Show The Kind Of Delusions Indians Live In.It’s nly A Matter Of Time Before The Bubble Bursts and They Are Given A Rude Awakening

  27. Looks like Nayanima is forming a quartet with Ketkar, Jyoti and Vij in the Print Team! On Kashmir, the issue is internationalized by Pak, China, Turkey and Malaysia but that has not affected our position or standing anyway. Trump wanting to insert himself into this issue is understandable as he has to deal with Imran till USA withdraws from Afghanistan. And whats wrong with advice for Modi and Imran to become friends again? Overall, nothing came out of the UN week despite Imran going hammer and tong all over the places. Kashmir clamp down will of course invite world attention and will be monitored by all. That is par for the course. We will deal with the situation as we go ahead. After all, we dealt with the worst times before with much weaker governments. On Trade deal, its a give and take and will happen in due course. it should be done faster but negotiations will take time. So what did Modi achieve in the trip to USA? Kashmir and trade deal are not the parameter to judge it. Please write another article before this week end on this with full vitriolic anti Modi feelings!

  28. No one would be convinced with your half truth. Please publish some mature sensible content. We are happy with whayever state we are in.

  29. Well we know you left liberal gangs are against Modi, that’s fine with us Bharatiya, but when you talk too much in favour of Terrorist Istan, then we are concerned about your mentality against Our Great Nation Bharat, which is always the source of knowledge & devoted to light..

  30. When a new government takes office, international business would wish to understand its approach and priorities. However, in the second term, global corporations will base their investment decisions on what they have made of the first five years.

    • Let’s wait and watch as Brexit and US-China trade relations unfold. Posting multiple comments only shows you need burnol. Don’t be surprised if things turn out to be above and beyond your expectations just like 2019 results.

      • What above and beyond expectations you moron bhakt RR? When India’s economy continues to go slow thanks to your inept bosses who probably paid you for this comment you come here abusing the more cerebral readers here. What’s the bhakt obsession about burnol anyway, why don’t you apply a whole tube of it on yourself where the sun doesn’t shine.

  31. President Trump, as a gracious host to both visiting premiers, was bound to express optimism that they would together find smart ways to deal with their age old problem. However, it is evident that a Siberian winter has set in over the subcontinent. How far that extends to China remains to be seen.

    • How many times he changed his clothes during his trip? How many tonnes did his “fashion” weighed? Data not available anywhere!
      But he quoted vivekananda thrice and Gandhi many times!!!

    • ashok JI – Honestly answer to yourself that whether you would use this flowery language ‘gracious’ enough’ for Modi hosting Obama or Trump? Please go and grovel with your slave mentality.

      • RR ji, be honest to yourself. This government has not performed on the economy or made the life of its citizens better. But then why would you be honest to yourself, you sound like a low level sm team employee.

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