Updated: Nov 21, 2020
Lets talk about the new administration taking over the White house from January 2021. Joe Biden at the age of 77 holds the distinction of winning the highest number of popular votes in the US Presidential elections. He became a senator at age 29 , was elected as the vise president twice and has spent more time in the congress than any other candidate.
THE WIN BY A NOSE-
Donald Trump has been an authoritative, fishy, president who sees parliament in the twitter and is mostly unpredictable with his puns and policies alike.
What cannot be ignored is the narrow margin by which Biden won the elections which shows Trump was never an unaccepted or unappreciated leader.
THE TWO IDEOLOGIES-
The shift of power from the Republican party to the Democratic party as a result of this election underlines how majority choose the ideology of Democrats over Republicans this time.
While the Democrats are built around the idea of " modern liberalism" Republicans follow what is called" modern conservatism.
I think a more productive discussion here would not be which ideology is better for America but what major changes can be expected in the governance of America and how will that effect our country.
THE RESTORING PRESIDENT-
I see Biden as the President who would press the reverse button for America to restore its position as the global cop. I believe he would give "Obama care" its due respect, bring back social harmony and take planned and discussed decisions.
But, Will he remain the forever supporter of globalization or will he work to create jobs for his people first, when his country observes a crashing economy and increasing unemployment due to covid-19?
Will he still want to devise peaceful foreign policies over Indo- pacific or answer the roars of China and south Asian terrorism with arms and ammunitions?
No, I don't have answers to these. You people know my dreamy head aches when a lot of questions pop up and I leave immediately to get some coffee.
I think we should wait and watch what Biden prioritizes and compromises. Meanwhile, lets look at what their words through the years indicate.
NARENDRA MODI'S INDIA-
The vision of our country's ruling party " HINDUTVA" was inline with Trump's pedagogy. Result- we could see Trump and Modi hand in hand in " Howdy Modi" and " Namaste Trump".
The new administration would likely not associate itself with creating a Hindu state in India.
Kamala on Kashmir-
" We have to remind Kashmiri's that they are not alone in the world. There is a need to intervene if the situation demands"
These are the words of the vice president of Indian origin, Kamala Harris spoken in the Senate in October 2019 in the context of the Modi government diluting Article 370 while Trump choose to not intervene in other country's internal matters.
Voice on noise- President Trump had shrugged off a question about the Delhi riots that took place on the day of his visit to India in February this year. Biden would have chosen to speak.
In his first year of presidency, Biden has stated that he will organize a summit of democracies, where countries will have to announce commitments in areas of anti-corruption, defending against authoritarianism and “advancing human rights in their own nations and abroad".
Biden’s foreign policy adviser Anthony Blinken said during an interaction with the Hudson Institute that from “Vice president Biden’s perspective, strengthening and deepening the relationship with India is going to be a very high priority”.
He said in August, “It’s usually important to the future of the Indo-Pacific and the kind of order that we all want; it’s fair, stable, and hopefully increasingly democratic and it’s vital to being able to tackle some of these big global challenges.”
also added that the Biden administration is likely to have “real concerns” about some developments in India. He cited the “cracking down on freedom of movement and freedom of speech in Kashmir, some of the laws on citizenship”.
INDIA 'S STRATEGIC PLACEMENT-
The problematic neighbors in the east footing into our territory , the China, the ones hosting terrorist, Pakistan and Afghanistan are what the America calls its " Indo- Pacific policy"
In a likely reference to the situation to Ladakh, his campaign stated, “A Biden Administration will also work with India to support a rules-based and stable Indo-Pacific region in which no country, including China, is able to threaten its neighbors with impunity”
While Biden had also talked about the withdrawal of US troops from the “forever wars”, he had also stated that the US should end the war in Afghanistan “responsibly in a manner that ensures we both guard against threats to our homeland and never have to go back”. While there is no mention of Pakistan, Biden’s campaign promises include a statement that the incoming president “believes there can be no tolerance for terrorism in South Asia – cross-border or otherwise”.
AMERICA AS THE GLOBAL VILLAGE-
- Trump issued a temporary ban on a range of worker visas (including H-1B) that are used by Indian IT and American technology companies after which he also imposed a complete ban on worker visas .
Biden promised at a campaign rally that he will lift all of Trump’s restrictions if he was elected. His campaign website promises to expand the number of high-skilled visas and eliminate the country-based quotas “which create unacceptably long backlogs”
THE MUCH AWAITED TRADE DEAL-
Despite of the platonic relationship built between Modi and Trump over chai and samosa no trade deal could be cracked between the two countries.
From June 2019, President Trump removed India from countries eligible for the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), thus reinstating tariffs on certain Indian imports.
On September 27, commerce minister Piyush Goyal claimed that India was ready to seal the deal “tomorrow”.
There are less chances of this tomorrow to come in the initial years of Biden's Presidency as he has to save his home first.
Trump is definitely not making it to the Mount Rushmore.
Lets see if Biden has similar aspirations.
Critics are welcomed.