US President Donald Trump’s visit to India on February 24-25th has brought all shutterbugs across South Asia and the Indian Sub Continent. This is the first time President Trump is visiting India after he was sworn as US president in 2016. The visit is seen by many in line with the ‘Howdy Modi’ event at Houston in September 2019 when about 50, 000 Indians gathered to listen to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It was the largest-ever gathering with a foreign political leader in the United States.
President Trump’s visit to India is seen as a time that could open a new dimension in bilateral ties between India and America. It is also expected that two leaders could sign the deal on defense worth $ 2.6 billion for MH-60 Seahawk helicopters from Lockheed Martin (as per a report by Reuters) and a mini trade deal which has been previewed for months, (as per CNBC report). The other deals than defense, energy, medical devices, and agriculture will be the items on the table.
It is also hoped that the deals would be signed before the 2020 elections in America. The trade and defense deals and President Trump’s visit is also significant in terms of Presidential elections in October 2020 to please Indian origin voters on America. According to the data from the Census Bureau’s 2018 American Community Survey (ACS), out of the total US population of 327 million, 44.7 million people are foreign-born population and the number of Indians in the US is 26.5 lakh. Further, as of July 1, 2018, Indians constitute about 5.9 percent of the total foreign-born population in the US but comprise less than 1 percent of the total US population.
The population of Indo-Americans is the second-largest immigrant group after Mexicans. Economically they are also the most successful, with the median household income at $107,000 – almost twice that of American-born households. Indian immigrants are more likely to be enrolled in higher education, to participate in the labor force and twice as likely to be employed in management, business, science and the arts as the overall population.
Indians in the US have permeated the establishment, from Ivy League universities, Hollywood, the media, the judicial system and, most notably, politics.
There is a degree of political engagement and activity that Indians display. The diaspora, over recent decades, has become increasingly involved in US politics, and a number of political action groups have sprung up, aimed at promoting the voices of their members.
There are several prominent Indian- origin politicians, a long list of mayors, senators, state representatives and city council members in politics.
One of the popular faces of politics is Democratic party senator Kamala Harris then former US ambassador to the United Nations and governor of South Carolina Nikki Haley, former Louisiana governor and 2016 Republican presidential nominee hopeful, Bobby Jindal, Prominent New York prosecutor Preet Bharara are a few to mention.
There are Indian origin politicians even in the Republican party. The bent towards Indians can be assessed by the Trump election campaign in 2016 when a band of right-wing Hindus threw their firm support behind the new US President. And Trump reverted back his support ti Indian’s at a charity event, organized by Republican Hindu Coalition group, where he told the crowd that India and the US would be “best friends”. “I’m a big fan of Hindu [sic] and a big fan of India,” Trump told the rapturous crowd. the relationship garnered the attention of prominent media organizations like the New York Times and other major media outlets which published stories, about the similar policies, outlook, and motivations between the Trump campaign and India’s Hindu right-wing. ,
The upcoming visit of President Trump will cement further the relationship of the Indian Hindu population in America. This can, in turn, have a major impact in upcoming October 2020 Presidential elections to garner support for Trump