PM Modi in US Highlights: 900+ Indian-Americans rally in unity march to honour visit

Prime minister narendra modi is visiting the united states from june 21-24 at the invitation of us president joe biden and first lady jill biden. ahead of modi's expected departure today, foreign secretary vinay kwatra shared details on the prime minister's itinerary during a special briefing. his agenda includes a series of high-level meetings on defence cooperation and critical and emerging technologies. catch live updates on prime minister modi's visit to the us with cnbc-tv18 here:.

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PM Modi in US Highlights: 900+ Indian-Americans rally in unity march to honour visit

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PM Modi US Visit Highlights: Prime Minister Modi leaves America for Egypt after three-day state visit

PM Modi US Visit Highlights: Prime Minister Modi leaves America for Egypt after three-day state visit

During a ceremony in Washington, India became the 27th country to sign the Artemis Accords. NASA Administrator Bill Nelson participated in the signing ceremony for the agency and Taranjit Singh Sandhu, India’s ambassador to the United States, signed on behalf of India: NASA

Key takeaway is that india cannot be ignored. india is a key partner to the us and is creating employment in us. role of indian diaspora is very very critical..

- Rakesh Malhotra, CEO, Global natural Resources on PM Modi's speech at US-India Strategic Partnership Forum in Washington

With an eye toward China, Biden goes all-in for Modi

Modi ends us visit with a ringing endorsement of biden, diaspora dessert.

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New and proud journey of india-us ties has begun, says pm modi, ge engine deal for manufacturing engines in india is milestone for defence sector, modi bids farewell to the usa after his maiden state visit.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi departs for Cairo, Egypt after concluding his maiden State Visit to the United States

"h1b visa renewal can be done in us itself:" pm modi in address to indian diaspora, us vp kamala harris thanks pm modi on india's decision to join artemis accords, i am happy that the american government has decided to return more than 100 antiquities of india that were stolen from us. these antiquities had reached the international markets. i express my gratitude to the american government for this.

- Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Modi waxes eloquent about India's digital payments economy

New india knows its direction and has no confusion about its decisions, resolve; its potential turning into performance, says prime minister modi, adding that centuries of slavery had hurt the country's confidence but bharat is now more self reliant and confident now, india is the mother of democracy, while america is the champion of it, and today, the world looks towards us because of this, india is developing so quickly, with infrastructure improving everyday, that the whole world's eyes are on your country, says prime minister modi, adding that all the growth is a result of india's belief in itself, together we're not just forming policy and reaching agreements, we're shaping lives, dreams and destiny, all the investment from foreign companies will help increase manufacturing, job creation, and innovation in india.

- Prime Minister Modi

Mega companies like Google, Micron and Applied Materials have made plans to invest in India, helping India make a bigger impact on the global tech chain

- Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a diaspora event in Washington

In the past three days, the relationship between India and America has deepened and brought forth a new dimension, helping both countries take new steps towards the future

Prime minister narendra modi arrives at the ronald reagan center ahead of an address to the indian diaspora; the prime minister is running almost an hour and half behind schedule, biden and modi meet apple, google ceos and other executives, i can confidently say that this partnership is not just of convenience but of conviction, of compassion and of shared commitment for a better future. the foundation of this partnership is you. another highlight of this partnership is the overwhelming support for india in the us, across party lines.

- Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a USISPF event

Modi wraps up Washington trip with appeal to tech CEOs

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PM Modi US Visit LIVE: PM Modi to address Indian diaspora at Ronald Regan Building

PM Modi US Visit LIVE: Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Boeing CEO David L. Calhoun in Washington, DC

Pm modi us visit live: biden gifts a special t-shirt to modi, pm modi us visit live: us media covers pm modi's state visit with spotlight on technology and defence agreements.

PM Modi US Visit LIVE: US media covers PM Modi's state visit with spotlight on technology and defence agreements

PM Modi US Visit LIVE: PM Modi concludes the state visit

Pm modi us visit live: 'no partner that is going to be more consequential in solving problems than india', pm modi us visit live: this state visit wasn't about china, says john kirby, vice president kamala harris says she and president joe biden are grateful for pm modi's commitment to strengthen us-india ties, pm modi us visit live: as we look toward future, us and india instinctively turn to each other and are increasingly aligned, says vp kamala harris, india and us are working with renewed trust in areas of new and emerging technologies, india and us have added and expanded scope of mutual cooperation in defence and strategic areas, your contribution in strengthening our strategic partnership has been incredible.

- PM Modi says at luncheon hosted by Vice President Harris

PM Modi US Visit LIVE: PM Modi thanks Kamala Harris & Secretary Blinken for the grand welcome

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- US President Joe Biden

PM Modi US Visit LIVE: Modi thanks Biden for participating in the event

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PM Modi US Visit LIVE: PM Modi holds one-on-one meeting with top CEOs in Washington

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- Brig Dr Anand Kumar Tewari (Retd) on PM Modi's upcoming visit to Heliopolis War Cemetery in Cairo, Egypt on June 25.

PM Modi thanks US Vice President Kamala Harris

New york's empire state building lit up in tricolour as pm modi is on an official state visit to the united states.

New York's Empire State Building lit up in tricolour as PM Modi is on an official State visit to the United States

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What’s behind Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s US visit?

The US is seeking stronger ties with India, which it sees as a vital ally in efforts to contain China’s rise.

US President Joe Biden shakes hands with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2022

The administration of United States President Joe Biden is scheduled to host Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during an official visit later this week, as the two countries strengthen their ties amid shared antipathy towards China’s growing influence.

The White House will hold a state dinner in Modi’s honour on June 22, a sign of the burgeoning relationship between the two powers who have stepped up cooperation in areas such as trade and arms sales.

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In a press release, the Biden administration said that a recent trip to New Delhi by National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan “underscored the dynamism of the US-India partnership in advance of Prime Minister Modi’s historic official state visit next week to the United States”.

But human rights groups say the celebratory dinner is a de facto endorsement of India’s far-right turn under Modi’s leadership — and undermines the Biden administration’s stated goal of emphasising human rights and democracy in its foreign policy.

During Modi’s tenure, India’s Muslims and other minorities have experienced an uptick in violence and repression as the government leans into a form of Hindu nationalism known as Hindutva . Modi has also been criticised for seeking to consolidate power and crack down on dissent.

“A state dinner is a special occasion; it’s not something that just any foreign leader receives,” Edward Mitchell, the deputy executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), told Al Jazeera over a phone call.

“How can the White House honour a leader who is an open anti-Muslim bigot, a right-wing ideologue who censors journalists and turns a blind eye to lynchings? You can work with India and Modi without taking this extra step to celebrate him.”

Confronting China

While advocacy groups have called for greater scrutiny of India’s human rights record , foreign policy experts say the Biden administration is primarily interested in the country as a potential counterweight to China, which the US sees as its most formidable global competitor.

Sarang Shidore, Director of Studies and Senior Research Fellow at the Quincy Institute, a US-based think tank, told Al Jazeera that he believes the US-India relationship will continue to grow as long as their shared concern over China remains in place.

“The United States does not conduct its foreign policy based on democracy and human rights. It conducts its foreign policy based on its interests, as all states do,” Shidore said.

China’s growing military power and assertive territorial claims have become a source of concern for nearby Asian countries such as the Philippines, Vietnam, Japan and India. The US has worked to fashion alliances with many of those countries in an attempt to contain China’s expanding influence.

“No question, there is increased Chinese nationalism,” said Shidore. “And China sees India as an increasing challenge due to its relationship with the US.”

Expanding ties

That was not always the case. During the Cold War, India’s relations with the US were often frosty. The country had cultivated close ties with the USSR and helped spearhead the Non-Aligned Movement, an organisation of countries that rejected pressures to join either pro-US or pro-Soviet blocs.

For its part, the US was a key ally of Pakistan. And by the early 1970s, the administration of US President Richard Nixon started to build a cooperative relationship with China, as an attempt, in part, to place pressure on the USSR.

But as the Cold War ended and China’s economic rise became a preoccupation of US foreign policy, India — with its size and economic heft — started to be seen as a key regional ally.

Despite its improved ties with the US, however, India has continued to resist what it sees as a false choice between the US and countries like President Vladimir Putin’s Russia.

But as Russia wages war in Ukraine and Washington seeks to isolate Moscow economically and diplomatically, that balancing act has become more difficult for India to maintain.

While India has increased its purchase of weapons from countries such as France and the US and recently agreed on a roadmap to increase cooperation with the US defence industry, it remains the world’s largest importer of Russian arms.

India has also joined China in buying up Russian oil at discounted prices, while the US and the European Union angle to limit Russia’s power in the global energy market.

But Shidore said that India’s status as a central player in Washington’s Asia strategy gives it significant leverage . Its ties to Russia are not likely to get in the way of its relationship with the US, he explained.

“India has played this quite well, playing Russia and the US off each other, and has benefitted in the process,” he said. “A country like India, which has such a strong convergence with the US on China, can create major spaces where it will differ very strongly from the US and can ride that out.”

Consolidating control

While US relations with allies such as Saudi Arabia and Israel have come under political scrutiny in recent years, Modi’s trip to the US has been welcomed with bipartisan support. An a joint letter inviting Modi to address Congress during his visit, members of the US House of Representatives and Senate have hailed the visit as a sign of the “enduring friendship” between the two countries.

“During your address, you will have the opportunity to share your vision for India’s future and speak to the global challenges our countries both face,” the letter reads.

However, Modi’s human rights record has not gone entirely unremarked. On Tuesday, a group of more than 70 lawmakers from the US House and Senate penned a letter to the Biden urging him to discuss concerns about religious freedom and journalistic expression in his talks with Modi.

The Muslim rights group CAIR, meanwhile, has issued a statement calling on the White House to drop its plans for a state dinner.

Modi’s high-profile reception in the US is a far cry from what he experienced before he was first elected prime minister in 2014. Prior to becoming India’s leader, Modi had been banned from entering the US due to allegations that he turned a blind eye to anti-Muslim violence in the western Indian state of Gujarat in 2002, when he was the province’s chief minister.

The deadly 2002 riots were the subject of a BBC documentary that Modi tried to ban in January, invoking his emergency powers as prime minister. The rights groups Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch screened the documentary in Washington on Tuesday.

Human rights groups say the move to ban the film was representative of a larger effort under Modi to stifle dissent and exercise control over independent institutions. They also accuse his government of pursuing an agenda influenced by far-right Hindu nationalism.

In an annual report on religious freedom in May, the US State Department expressed concern about the situation in India, noting that there were “open calls for genocide against Muslims”, lynchings and “attacks on places of worship”.

In May, for the fourth year in a row, the US Commission on International Religious Freedom called on the State Department to designate India as a “country of particular concern”.

In some states controlled by Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), politicians who lean into violent anti-Muslim rhetoric face little reprimand. Some Hindu nationalist paramilitaries have also waged a campaign against interfaith marriages , which they portray as an effort to dilute the Hindu population and win converts to Islam through “love jihad”.

Shidore, however, said that Modi’s human rights record has been quickly “papered over” and is unlikely to prevent cooperation with the US, so long as China remains a serious global competitor.

“The United States”, he said, “has set human rights issues aside in order to strengthen ties”.


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