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“The Biden Hariss Administration, a crucial opportunity for India,” feels Jabong Co-Founder Praveen Sinha



The Biden Hariss Administration, a crucial opportunity for India, feels Jabong Co Founder Praveen Sinha

Biden Hariss

Ever since the civil nuclear deal was signed in 2008, India and the USA have enjoyed good relations. Subsequent administrations from both countries have worked hard to build a formidable relationship between the two countries and promote a partnership of mutual benefit and cooperation. “For the USA, India is the deterrent for China’s rising influence in Asia, and for India, the USA is a powerful ally to have in any altercations with its neighbors in Pakistan and China. This is a relationship that needs to sustain for a breakdown could have innumerous geopolitical connotations for both the nations, says Praveen Sinha Jabong Co-Founder. With the elections now out of the way, it is time to consider what the new Democrat administration could mean for India’s ambitions.

What does Biden Harris bring to the table?

Biden way back in 2006 outlined a vision for India US relations by saying that he feels that India and the USA will be the closest nations in the world. 14 years later he has the opportunity to be a man of his words. Biden was one of the senators who went a long way to convince members of both Democrats and Republicans to vote in favor of the Indo-US Nuclear Deal in 2008. Advocating India’s bid for a seat at the Security Council the Obama-Biden administration also declared India as a ‘Major Defence Partner’ and we can expect this cooperation to continue under the Biden Harris administration. A strong defense partnership with the United States is critical for Indian to counter any misadventures by China. However, a change in the White House has also prompted Pakistan and China to send out feelers to the USA, expecting a softer stance from the Biden-Hariss administration than the one led by Donald Trump.

Biden is also expected to relax the strict immigration laws the Trump-Pence administration brought into effect, providing huge relief to the thousands of Indians working in the United States of America. Biden has promised to integrate family-based immigration, increase the number of H1-B visas, and start fresh categories for highly skilled laborers.

India will also be expected to live up to the values of an ideal democracy, the common ideal between the two countries. Expect the Biden-Harris administration to raise some tough questions on J&K, the abolition of 370, CAA-NRC, etc. and India will have to find in itself the right posture to deflect these conversations as a matter of internal deliberation. How these differences are handled will prove to be key in how the relations between the two countries pan over the next 5 years and beyond, feels Jabong Co-Founder Praveen Sinha.


Over the last 4-5 US administrations, each president has postured towards strong relations with India, which means that the United States does want India in their corner.  There was tension in the air during the Pokhran Nuclear tests, but we managed to get through that without a severely bruised relationship. “In 2018-19, the USA also became India’s biggest trading partner, signifying just how important the relations are between the two. Enhancing our trading relationship and business ties with the USA is going to be a key factor in helping us avoid a post-pandemic slowdown. Their technology and vaccination knowhow will also be much needed going into 2021 when we begin to attempt mass vaccination drives to get rid of the virus from our society”, concluded Jabong Co-Founder Praveen Sinha