US elections — News X Round Table

Over the last weekend the News X TV channel aired a “round table” with Kanwal Sibal, the longtime Syrian journalist in Delhi al-Awwad, Pramit Chaudhri of Hindustan Times, and myself, on whether Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump is better for India. It was a wide-ranging discussion. I argue, among other things, (as I did) in an Open magazine piece and featured on this blog a while back, that Trump, owing to his isolationist mindset and impulse to withdraw to Fortress America and pullback from NATO and Asia, will compel India to rely on its own resources to manage the China challenge, etc. rather than on external powers as has happened in the Manmohan Singh years and, more surprisingly, the three years of Modi. But with Hillary it will be more of “the same old, same old”. This discussion available at

About Bharat Karnad

Senior Fellow in National Security Studies at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, he was Member of the (1st) National Security Advisory Board and the Nuclear Doctrine-drafting Group, and author, among other books of, 'Nuclear Weapons and Indian Security: The Realist Foundations of Strategy', 'India's Nuclear Policy' and most recently, 'Why India is Not a Great Power (Yet)'. Educated at the University of California (undergrad and grad), he was Visiting Scholar at Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania, the Shanghai Institutes of International Studies, and Henry L. Stimson Center, Washington, DC.
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3 Responses to US elections — News X Round Table

  1. Mr Karnad,

    Good one on Trump. Looks like some good will come of after all looking at the results of US elections.

  2. ~!@#$%^&*()_+ says:

    I don’t expect any good for India.

    The deep state in USA is too entrenched and has access to knowhow necessary to profile individuals/groups/countries. I don’t expect the election of trump to be a result independent of the US deep state.

    But for Syria this may hold some good. This IMO indicates that the deep state in USA is willing to negotiate on items like Syria and Ukraine, for the moment. Probably the Russians & Kerry also understood this – which would explain their respective behaviour. Erdogan too must have been kept abreast of the follow on effects – his new found willingness to attack ISIS in Mosul, is unexplained otherwise.

    ISIS could finally now be abandoned by USA. But that could also mean trouble for USA itself. Islamists are not going to take it lightly if they are betrayed by the Americans. Islamists are not like Hindus.

    But anyhow thank god some #$%#% was finally selected. Indian news was becoming a nightmare with Mod and US elections being the only two things being hyperventilated about.

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