His­toric meet­ings of Modi with Trump and Ne­tanyahu


The In­dian Prime Min­is­ter, Naren­dra Modi de­serves all the ac­co­lades for show­ing amaz­ing global lead­er­ship qual­i­ties by en­gag­ing with lead­ers of big and small na­tions alike, from the US to neigh­bour­ing Nepal. His re­cent vis­its to Is­rael and the United States of Amer­ica is a high­point in the three year old NDA Gov­ern­ment, with both coun­tries lay­ing out the red car­pet. Prior to his US visit, Prime Min­is­ter Modi had em­barked on a four­na­tion tour to Ger­many, Spain, Rus­sia and France, the fo­cus be­ing en­hanced bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion in de­fence, science and tech­nol­ogy and nu­clear fronts, be­sides seek­ing in­creased for­eign di­rect in­vest­ment (FDI). Im­por­tantly, Modi has been talk­ing about the need to in­crease global co­op­er­a­tion to fight ter­ror­ism, in­clud­ing cross-bor­der ter­ror­ism.

In this is­sue, we have ex­ten­sive cov­er­age of the Prime Min­is­ter’s over­seas vis­its. In a first, Modi be­came the first In­dian Prime Min­is­ter to visit Is­rael in a path-break­ing move. There was more than ca­ma­raderie be­tween Modi and Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter, Benjamin Ne­tanyahu, in­di­cat­ing of the strong bond­ing that is likely to evolve. In­dia, as such, has deep de­fence trade ties with Is­rael, but with this visit it is go­ing be­yond that.

The visit to US was marked by vis­i­ble bon­homie be­tween the two heads of States. In fact, the un­pre­dictable Pres­i­dent Trump hailed Modi’s achieve­ment and termed him­self as a ‘true friend’ in the White House and that the ties be­tween the two coun­tries were never stronger and bet­ter than now. The good news is that, just prior to the Prime Min­is­ter’s visit, the In­dian del­e­ga­tion had firmed different deals, in­clud­ing an agree­ment be­tween Lock­heed Martin and Tata Ad­vance Sys­tems to pro­duce F-16 Block 70 fight­ers in In­dia; Sale of 22 Preda­tor drones from Geral Atomics; the US des­ig­nat­ing Syed Salahud­din, Hizb-Ul Mu­jahideen (HuM) as a ‘global ter­ror­ist’. Lt Gen­eral P.C. Ka­toch (Retd) and Air Mar­shal B.K. Pandey (Retd) in two sep­a­rate anal­y­sis have talked about the im­pact of Prime Min­is­ter Modi’s visit to the US and other na­tions, not just on In­dia’s econ­omy but also on global mar­kets.

This his­toric meet­ing be­tween the two lead­ers is ex­pected to pro­pel the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the two to greater heights. Rightly, the Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of US and In­ter­na­tional Strate­gic De­vel­op­ment, Gen­eral Atomics, Dr Vivek Lall has said ‘Given the Sea Guardian’s ca­pa­bil­i­ties such a US of­fer demon­strates a ma­jor change in US pol­icy be­cause this type of air­craft ca­pa­bil­ity is only ex­ported to a very se­lect few of Amer­ica’s clos­est de­fense part­ners. Such an of­fer rep­re­sents tan­gi­ble im­ple­men­ta­tion of United States Congress’ des­ig­na­tion of In­dia as a ‘Ma­jor De­fense Part­ner.’”

In this is­sue, we have an ex­clu­sive in­ter­view with Rock­well Collins Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent, In­ter­na­tional & Ser­vices So­lu­tions, Colin R. Ma­honey who talks about how the com­pany is strate­gis­ing its plans to ex­pand its foot­print in In­dia and other mar­kets.

We also have an ap­peal to all sane think­ing peo­ple by Lt Gen­eral V.K. Kapoor (Retd) not to drag the In­dian Army in to pol­i­tics and con­tro­versy. This comes in the back­drop of the Army Chief be­ing crit­i­cized by a few po­lit­i­cal out­fits and pseudo lib­er­als on the han­dling of ter­ror­ism and law and or­der in Kash­mir.

Happy read­ing on a happy note !

Jayant Baran­wal Pub­lisher & Ed­i­tor-in-Chief

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