PDT in India

India pours on the pageantry with colorful welcome for Trump. That was Bollywood. This is more realistic, and also much more significant.

Embarking on a whirlwind 36-hour visit, Trump opened his speech in Ahmedabad by declaring that he had traveled 8,000 miles to deliver the message that “America loves India, America respects India and America will always be faithful and loyal friends to the Indian people.”

The boisterous scene featured musicians on camels and a musical medley of Bollywood hits and Trump’s campaign rally playlist, including numerous Elton John songs that seemed to puzzle most of the crowd. Trump basked in the raucous reception that has eluded him on many foreign trips, some of which have featured massive protests and icy handshakes from world leaders. In India, he instead received a warm embrace — literally — from the ideologically aligned and noted hugger Modi.

I was going to say, it’s a shame it’s not New York, but when all is said and done, it’s better that it’s India, much better.

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10 Responses to PDT in India

  1. Tom

    I was going to say, it’s a shame it’s not New York, but when all is said and done, it’s better that it’s India, much better.

    What better way to wrongfoot the swamp than forge a new alliance with Modi’s India against the Chinese Communist Party and all its parasites in Washington DC — while the Demcratic Party is engaged in its epic self-destruction?

    PS: It helps that humourless leftards can’t do memes. Good to see the Trump meme machine is already writing the next page.

  2. Bruce of Newcastle

    Hopefully if Modi finds common ground with Trump, for example the threat of China and in economic policy, then he will get his BJP activists to stop persecuting Christians in India.

    Indian-American Christians Urge President Trump to Visit Persecuted Christians on State Visit to India (22 Feb)

    A group of Indian-American Christians has urged President Donald Trump to visit with India’s Christian community during his upcoming state visit next week.

    In a letter to President Trump, the Federation of Indian American Christian Organizations of North America (FIACONA) urged President Trump to meet with members of India’s Christian community while in the country.

    “Today, Christians across India are living in fear,” FIACONA wrote. “Pastors, social workers, and ordinary Christians are arrested, tortured, or killed. Christian properties are burnt or destroyed by supports of the ruling party.”

    “We urge you to meet with selected leaders of the Christian community in India as a show of support to the freedom of conscience and religion in India on this historic occasion,” FIACONA’s letter concluded.

    The activists have been getting bolder lately, so a strong incentive for them to stop would be welcome.

  3. This is just another example of how Trump simply cannot handle international relations. /sarc

    At least he has the sense not to dress up and ponce around like the Canadian boy-president.

  4. Farmer Gez

    Bruce of Newcastle
    #3334064, posted on February 25, 2020 at 5:51 am
    Hopefully if Modi finds common ground with Trump, for example the threat of China and in economic policy, then he will get his BJP activists to stop persecuting Christians in India.

    I’ve been to India last month. There’s little evidence of Christian persecution. It’s more about the economic success of Christians, particularly in the South. I’m afraid the endless devotions and festivals of Hinduism tends get in the way of work.

  5. Up The Workers!

    Foreign Affairs…

    The Leftard performing black-faced clown from Canada goes to India and diplomatically dresses himself and family as circus performers for the entertainment of the local peasantry.

    No comical “Black and white Minstrel performances from The U.S. President”.

    Makes a difference when you send a MAN to do a man’s job, and not a Leftard Trudope.

  6. Porter

    That Trump India video is hilarious. Well done to the editors.

  7. Chris M

    I’ve been to India last month. There’s little evidence of Christian persecution.

    Nonsense, Bruce is correct. Things are grim under Modi. The more he goes down the Hindu nationalist / persecuting Christians path the worse the economy gets.

  8. Nob

    I’m with Gez, based on my many business visits to India over last 25 years and long hours stuck in traffic discussing all sorts of issues with my local rep, a Hindu engineer who nevertheless criticises India’s obsessions.

    After a visit to (I forget which) guru’s shrine/theme park/IMAX cinema near Ahmedabad airport – the one where terrorists hid machine guns and mass murdered dozens of people when Modi was CM of Gujarat – he said it was all nonsense.

    “But you need your traditions” I said, attempting to play devil’s advocate.

    “We don’t need one third of the population engaged in religious activities” he replied. “what a waste of resources”

    Modi’s alleged reaction to that massacre and the riots that followed is where the “rightwing racist phobic” smear originated.

  9. Squirrel

    For much of the Australia media, the most newsworthy aspect of the visit was Trump’s pronunciation of the names of a couple of Indian sportsmen.

    Had the same trip been made by a President Hillary, they would have been swooning over the “game-changing” “tectonic-plate-shifting” importance of it.

  10. Farmer Gez

    Correct Nob.
    I’ve been to India five times and know the locals not just the hotel staff. Success drives jealousy.

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