Issue Brief on “From ‘Howdy Modi’ to ‘Namaste Trump'”

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US President Trump was hosted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the city of Ahmadabad marking his first official visit to India since taking office. The trip was more about the optics, and was particularly designed to impress Trump’s vanity.

The magnanimity of the trip was important for both the capitals especially for New Delhi, as it desperately needed some good headlines after being under the spotlight due to the controversial decision to revoke Kashmir’s autonomy and the ongoing protests against the new citizenship law.[1] The 2-day official visit (February 24-25, 2020) of President Trump came in backdrop of the trip Prime Minister Modi made to US last year and  negotiations of the trade deal between the two countries.

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