New York, June 28
US President Joe Biden’s access to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to greet him at the G7 summit in Germany is being perceived as a well-thought-out political move to garner his support on the Quad and other multilateral issues.
Sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said photos from the TV show and event have gone viral, particularly in India and on the internet, raising curiosity as to why Biden would do this unless there was an agenda behind it.
The US needs India’s support over the Russia-Ukraine war, where India has maintained a low-profile bipartisan stance in the Quad group, with India’s foreign ministry not making a statement that reportedly reflects India’s longstanding tussle with Russia. Can upset the balance in traditional relationships. Analysts believe that years and billions of dollars of military supplies are at stake, even as the BJP-led NDA comes across to the world as an extreme right-wing party, more aligned with the West than the East. does.
While Biden may persuade India to restrict oil imports from Russia and look at global demand-supply management in several countries, including India, where inflation is rising, India will reiterate its position that oil imports from Russia should be limited. It is being unfairly targeted for this, while most Westerners look to Russia for energy supplies and import minerals, fertilizers and ores.
The US fully understands that the Indian diaspora is one of the largest ethnic communities in the US, numbering more than a million and contributing $2 billion annually to the IRS and the US Treasury. Highly educated Indians dominate the IT sector in the US, especially Silicon Valley where many Indian Americans lead global companies such as Google, Microsoft, and many other mid-scale IT companies or startups. This is only rivaled by China which has a language barrier in English that India does not have.
What is possible on the agenda between the two leaders of the two great democracies of the world if and when they meet. The US could make another futile bid to get Indian support on the Russia-Ukraine war, strengthen its position on the South China Sea to protect its allies, the Philippines and Vietnam, where India also has interests, especially Vietnam where state-owned ONGC is drilling for oil. It could be mutual where India would give less space given its historical stand on multilateral issues.
The Biden administration has made very clear statements in its election manifesto to support the Indian community on many issues, given the contribution of the diaspora to American prosperity. Indian IT companies had a tough time with the Trump administration seeking to reduce the number of H1B1 visas issued to Indian tech experts, emphasizing more space to employ local Americans.
On average, a low-level or mid-level Indian techie in the IT sector would be earning around $50,000 to $70,000 annually. But to employ an American, both American and Indian IT companies must pay a minimum salary of $100,000 a year.
This is the reason why most US and Indian IT companies prefer to outsource or hire equally competent with large numbers of Indians with companies like TCS, Infosys and Wipro and HCL taking advantage of bulk visa issues from the US immigration office. That’s what Trump wanted. knock down.
This could be a big issue that PM Modi can take up with Biden, although time is very limited for detailed discussions, which can be followed by foreign offices on both sides.
Another issue is the plethora of green card applications during the Trump administration that the Biden regime has been consistently trying to address. It enables dependents and spouses to move to the US to unite with earning members there. And huge queues of Indian technocrats waiting to apply for green card after serving on H1BI visa for more than seven to 10 years.
Why does the US consider India a very reliable ally in all matters?
Check out Biden’s Democratic manifesto. As senator, as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and as vice president, Joe Biden has supported Indian Americans and a strong friendship between India and the US. “Indian Americans, like all Americans, are deeply invested in the core elements of our future – education, access to high quality, affordable health care, addressing the climate crisis, and reforming and modernizing our immigration system in a way that Creating that aligns with our values,” Biden had said.
“From fighting COVID-19 to improving our economy to reforming our immigration system, a Biden-Harris administration will be one that Indian Americans can rely on,” the manifesto promised.
Stop the rising tide of hatred and bigotry
Ensuring the safety of Indians on American soil is the priority of the Indian government. Hindu, Sikh, Muslim, Jain and Indian Americans of all other backgrounds have been subjected to bullying and xenophobic attacks. Biden promised that more than ever, there is an assurance that the leaders in Washington will be given a pat.
Need for protection of houses of worship
In 2012, the Sikh community faced a horrific tragedy when a white supremacist set fire to an Oak Creek, Wisconsin, gurdwara, eventually killing seven and injuring four. In January 2019, a Hindu temple was the victim of a horrific act of vandalism and destruction, with its windows shattered and xenophobic messages spray-painted on the walls. An idol (murti) was mutilated and a knife was stabbed in the chair. Biden understands that temples, mosques, gurudwaras and shrines are sacred places and that acts of vandalism and destruction malign a community’s spirit and undermine its ability to worship freely and safely. America was built on the foundation of religious freedom. Biden has made sure places of worship receive strong and direct security support from the federal government.
Streamlining processing for religious worker visas
Many Indian Americans are from religious communities that rely on the advice, support and knowledge of scholars and religious experts, who may be foreign nationals traveling to the US on temporary religious worker (R-1) visas. For many Indian American organizations, the submission and review process for religious worker visas requires substantial administrative and financial resources. In addition, processing times can result in travel delays, which adversely affect these communities across the country.
The Biden administration asked the State Department and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) ways and programs to streamline the review of religious worker visas submitted by any religion-based organizations with a reliable track record of faithfully using the religious worker visa program. instructed to identify. ,
Removing Language Barriers for the Indian-American Community The Biden administration knows the language barriers to critical services and resources can prevent Indian Americans with limited English proficiency from realizing their potential and the American Dream. Such persons with limited English proficiency should have access to health care and other government services as one of the objectives of the Biden administration.
Recognizing the Contribution of Indian Americans
The Obama-Biden administration celebrated America’s diversity as an essential force, including hosting the first White House event to honor the military service of Indian Americans, and the celebration of Diwali at the White House. The Biden administration is changing US military policy to allow observant Sikhs, as well as Muslim women in uniform, to wear a religious head covering so that brave soldiers can honor their faith and serve their country.
Biden has played a key role in strategic engagement with India on global challenges, systematically deepening people-to-people ties and cooperation, both as chairman and vice chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. In 2006, Biden announced his vision for the future of US-India relations: “I dream that in 2020, the two closest countries in the world will be India and the United States.” He has also worked to make that vision a reality, including leading the charge in Congress, working with Democrats and Republicans, to ratify the US-India Civil Nuclear Agreement in 2008.
The Obama-Biden administration continued to deepen cooperation between India and the US on strategic, defence, economic, regional and global challenges. Analysts say Biden was a major champion of growing and expanding the US-India partnership and now, as president, is determined to continue.
As the world’s oldest and largest democracies, the US and India are bound by shared democratic values: fair and free elections, equality under the law, and freedom of expression and religion. These core principles have remained throughout each nation’s history and will continue to be a source of strength in the future, something the Biden administration feels strongly, which explains why the US trusts India as a strong ally and why the Biden way. Went out to G7 summit in Germany and greet Modi.
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