President Trump in India
A Timely Visit
President Trump’s visit to India is quite timely. It certainly is within his reach to make a significant difference.
No stone is left unturned to ensure that the Summit meeting between President Trump and Prime Minister Modi goes off well. Plans are all neatly laid out for Trade agreements, negotiations, deals, acquisitions and broad dialogue on current geopolitics. As a citizen of India, it is my prayer that everything goes well as planned and that both countries mutually benefit. The resulting goodwill should help solve many problems and make way for a dynamic future road map for co-operation on various levels through which other nations can also benefit. That I believe is the potential that this summit holds. Today’s BBC article says it well, “Despite Mr. Trump’s addiction for trade and deals, and notwithstanding the need in India to dazzle him with concerts and performances, there is a genuine opportunity for two world leaders to find space for a conversation on how two outsized democracies can truly shape the 21st Century.”
It is understandable that every country seeks to promote their self-interests. Nevertheless, two of the world’s largest democracies must not contain their concerns with their own trade relations, their own economic development alone. They should ensure that democratic values are sustained and upheld for the prosperity and progress of the entire world. They must commit themselves to mutual accountability in relation to the principles and practices of democratic governance.
Grand preparations are completed for the momentous ‘Khem Cho Trump’ and ‘Namaste Trump’ events in Gujarat that are expected to surpass the ‘Howdy Modi’ performance in Houston. It will be both fascinating and exciting to watch these events. While millions of people are eagerly waiting, several of us have a simple prayer on our hearts. May all of this not overshadow the present harsh reality of fear and vulnerability that grips the minorities who are gradually being marginalized in India.
During his interactions with Prime Minister Modi, President Trump must not fail to address the serious concerns related to the CAA, NCR and NPR. The huge Nazi-style ‘detention centers’ being constructed all over the country will inevitably turn into concentration camps for those who are excluded. This must be stopped with immediate effect. The true motives behind the *CAA and NRC must come to the surface. Let it be known that “Nationalism” as defined by the U.S. differs from the “Nationalism” that is being redefined by the BJP. If the same rules of the Hindutva clouded CAA are applied in the U.S., every Indian born individual will lose their rights to citizenship. Would that be fair?
While there are a host of other pressing issues that demand the government’s attention such as a crumbling economy, lack of health care and education for the rural poor, an increasing rate of unemployment—the list can go on, what is the need to impose the CAA with such urgency? The U.S. cannot afford to ignore the prevailing nationwide unrest over this issue. This insidious fascist imposition on the Indian population which will exclude over 130 million people should not be passed off as an ‘internal matter’. It is an ‘international matter’. Nations cannot afford to ever forget their “NEVER AGAIN” pledge.
Air Force One touched down in Ahmedabad, Gujarat on Monday. Would President Trump and his entourage ever know that leaving the airport, they drove by thousands of people huddled in squalor and poverty in the slums by the roadside? The cost of building eight to ten feet high walls within a matter of weeks to hide the “eyesore” could have very well served to lift those people out of poverty.
Is President Trump aware that just a day after his visit, there will be another major event? It will be the commemoration in New Delhi for the first time celebrating the life and writings of Savarkar the architect of the Hindutva ideology, the skewed concept of Hindu nationalism and the promulgator of the Nazi Schutzstaffel (SS) modeled right-wing RSS? When will the world ever wake up to this callous and masked hypocrisy?
This statement from BBC today sums it up: “It can only be hoped that between dance performances in Ahmedabad and long walks up to the Taj, Mr. Modi and Mr. Trump find time to discuss the world as it is, and the real potential in the US-India relationship.”
Please Pray for:
• the truth of the gospel to continue to spread
• for Christians as they experience persecution
• that Christians will be a strong and bright light despite their many difficulties
• for the safety of pastors and church leadership as they serve people in rural villages
• for those with great power and influence to be awakened to the realities of truth and needs of the people
• that the Western Church would not be silent