Modi pulls out all stops for Trump visit despite irritants

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arranged an extravagant motorcade and rally in a new stadium in his home state Gujarat for US President Donald Trump, who is making his first visit to India next Monday. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arranged an extravagant motorcade and rally in a new stadium in his home state Gujarat for US President Donald Trump, who is making his first visit to India next Monday. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

India and the US have never been more closely aligned strategically, say observers

US-India relations may seem somewhat dissonant these days, judging by news headlines.

The US Congress has held hearings on Kashmir, during which Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government has come under sharp criticism. A bipartisan group of United States senators last week wrote to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressing concerns about India's moves in Kashmir, and its controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 22, 2020, with the headline 'Modi pulls out all stops for Trump visit despite irritants'. Print Edition | Subscribe