Seema Sirohi

  • So, why is Trump courting Modi?

    So, why is Trump courting Modi?

    All said and done Trump’s presence at ‘Howdy, Modi!’ is a PR bonanza, plus it comes in the wake of India's Jammu and Kashmir move.

    View: Pakistan plays Trump well

    View: Pakistan plays Trump well

    Trump wants US out of Afghanistan and the visit was all about letting the Pakistanis feel a little important.

    India bests China in election to UN body

    India bests China in election to UN body

    The sharper American stance against China at the UN creates many opportunities for India to field good candidates for even higher positions.

  • Seema Sirohi

    Kashmir blues from Capitol Hill

    Call it commitment to liberal values, or political ambition. Or a bit of both. But it’s ironical that an Indian American Democrat is leading the charge against India on Capitol Hill. Pramila Jayapal is the...

    Seema Sirohi

    Mountain of Capitol Hill

    India’s severe drubbing at the hands of Democrats last week over the Kashmir situation was a wake-up call. It should encourage a rethink of approach, a rebooting of effort, even a re-imagination of how to...

    Seema Sirohi

    Kashmir test gets bigger

    The next few days for India in the US Congress will be tough. Some members of the House of Representatives are contemplating a resolution on Kashmir and exhort India to live up to its ‘democratic...

    Seema Sirohi

    So, why is Trump courting Modi?

    China, you should pay attention. And Pakistan, you do the same. The Americans are sending a strong signal. Do you copy? US President Donald Trump will not only appear at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Houston rally,...

    Seema Sirohi

    Mahindra marks presence in Washington

    The Mahindra Group, which has invested over $1 billion in the US, inaugurated its new flagship office in the US capital as a strong marker of how important Indian companies have become in the US...

    Seema Sirohi

    Kashmir Brews in DC

    The upcoming session of the US Congress could be unpleasant, especially if the clampdown in Kashmir continues, with actors both legitimate and motivated using it to question India’s democratic credentials and for blatant propaganda. Not...

    Seema Sirohi

    Non-Meeting After-Party

    As the dust settles on the UN Security Council’s (UNSC) ‘non-meeting’ on Kashmir, few points are worth noting. Some will calm nerves, while others demand serious action. First, the UN keeps no record or minutes...

    Seema Sirohi

    India Should Tell Its Green Story. Loudly.

    As the modern day saying goes, there is no Planet B. UN Secretary -General Antonio Guterres wants to drill the message home next month at the Climate Action Summit. He wants governments to give concrete...

    Seema Sirohi

    See you later, Mr mediator

    The answer from India has come. It drops the curtain on US President Donald Trump’s enthusiasm to mediate in Kashmir, and Pakistan’s attempts to link Kashmir to peace in Afghanistan. GoI’s decision to withdraw the...

    Seema Sirohi

    Pakistan Plays Trump Well

    US President Donald Trump was always going to be the X factor in how Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to Washington would go. He proved to be a big one. A (planted) question on...

    Seema Sirohi

    India-US ties: More things than trade, Horatio

    Last week, during the second annual summit of the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF) in Washington, top US officials made it clear they want results and they want them now. Elections are over, the new...

    Seema Sirohi

    Guess Who’s Back Playing Games?

    Folks, Pakistan is back in the game. It has come riding on the tailcoats of Taliban and the US desire to get out of Afghanistan. Britain, true to colour, helped sell Pakistani snake oil to...

    Seema Sirohi

    Mike Pompeo: On a repair mission?

    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s mission in New Delhi today, hopefully, is to restore the natural balance in the India-US relationship, and bring it back from the battlefield of trade disputes. Things have got...

    Seema Sirohi

    Just Get the Trump Card

    It’s the person rather than the process who determines policy in the current US government: President Donald Trump. Actively engaging him might be the best way to get beyond the current rocky patch in India-US...

    Seema Sirohi

    Double, Double, Toil & Trouble

    It’s good that India’s new foreign minister S Jaishankar embraces change & tries to read the world as is — not as it was or should be. Sticking to dogma can be dangerous, especially in...

    Seema Sirohi

    Stronger leadership, stronger ties

    Americans were indeed surprised by the size of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mandate. But rattled they are not. It’s true that US President Donald Trump likes strong leaders. But cheerleading is unusual. Modi’s massive victory...

    Seema Sirohi

    A Little More Action, Less Reaction

    Pivotal moment. Electoral history. Thumping mandate. Smart, ruthless campaign. Opposition decimated. Sociologists, psephologists, political scientists and analysts slack-jawed. Narendra Modi stunned not only India, but the world with the scale of his victory. That said,...

    Seema Sirohi

    Can China’s Loss Be India’s Gain?

    While all the world’s attention is on US President Donald Trump slapping crippling 25% tariffs on Chinese imports, India has managed to avert a looming crisis in its trade relations with the ‘tariff king’. The...

    Seema Sirohi

    No Little Help From His Friend?

    With the biggest human exercise on the planet underway in India, interest in who will lead the world’s largest democracy is peaking abroad. Foreign governments are watching, and some are even participating. In case you...

    Seema Sirohi

    Mueller report: What now?

    President Donald Trump is doing a victory lap now that the eagerly awaited Mueller report has half exonerated him. He is weaponising the findings as any politician would. Trump has survived Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s...

    Seema Sirohi

    Alignment on Pakistan, But…

    India and the US are singing from the same songbook on Pakistan and its ‘iron brother’ China — for now. The annual India-US foreign office consultations on March 12 — the first substantive interaction post-Pulwama...

    Seema Sirohi

    A new normal on Pakistan

    Pakistan has got the message. Or shall we say messages. But let’s also admit that Pakistan’s behaviour is unlikely to change because of last week’s Indian air strikes. Yes, the strikes established a new normal...

    Seema Sirohi

    Nudge the US, but have a Pakistan plan

    Pakistan’s security establishment, which thrives on tactical victories, may have overplayed its hand and reduced its manoeuvring space vis-àvis the US further. The ghastly attack by the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) on an Indian paramilitary convoy that...

    Seema Sirohi

    H-1B Heebie-Jeebies

    President Donald Trump’s recent tweet on H-1B visa holders, promising “simplicity and certainty” and a path to citizenship, has truly stirred the pot. It raised hope among some, a myriad questions for others, and strong...

    Seema Sirohi

    A Very Trumpian Start to the New Year

    We began the New Year with a hefty dose of shock therapy from President Donald Trump, administered in stream of consciousness deliveries and rambling enough to bend the mind. Into a jalebi. Trump mocked India’s...

    Seema Sirohi

    Jog our Mumbai memories

    Ten years later, it’s still chilling to watch the footage of the Pakistan-directed terrorist attacks on Mumbai in November 2008. The casual tone of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) boss sitting safely in Karachi directing his...

    Seema Sirohi

    ’Em Dems in Da House

    Divided they shall rule. With the US House of Representatives going to the Democrats and the Senate retained by the Republicans, the Hunger Games are about to begin. Prepare for competing agendas, avenging missions and...

    Seema Sirohi

    Pull Out the Persian Rug?

    The US has given a temporary exemption to India, and seven other countries, from Iran sanctions and kicked the can down the road. The relief helps New Delhi avoid a major embarrassment and a higher...

    Seema Sirohi

    Trade Winds Still in Doldrums

    US President Donald Trump wants a trade deal with India but on his terms. Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to win elections and doesn’t want to give any concession to ‘foreign companies’ at this time....

    Seema Sirohi

    Divided states of America

    There is no way one can write about some policy thing after the gut-wrenching, hyper-partisan, super venomous, totally exhausting and utterly emotional week of living dangerously in Washington. The drama in Room 226 of the...

    Seema Sirohi

    2+2 should finally yield 4

    No question the first India-US 2+2 dialogue went well. Both sides said so in near-euphoric terms and there is no reason to question the broad sentiment. The US side called the dialogue “historic”, and a...

    Seema Sirohi

    So What Will It Give to Take?

    WASHINGTON: Some difficult issues are on the table as India and the US meet for their first ‘2+2 dialogue’ to chart the future course of their strategic partnership. Sagacity, not swagger, must be abundant as...

    Seema Sirohi

    Strategy, Please, in Strategic Meet

    The first India-US high-level dialogue with the Trump administration next month can pack a punch, or remain in the safe zone of comfortable repetitions. When the defence and foreign ministers of India and the US...

    Seema Sirohi

    Robin’s back in the game

    The quiet process behind the talks between Afghanistan’s Taliban and the US has a name on it. And it’s one that makes the Indian establishment uncomfortable: Robin Raphel. Raphel is not India’s favourite American.  But according...

    Seema Sirohi

    CAATSA waiver: A shot in the arm for India-US ties

    The suspense is over. The US Congress has acted to remove the sword of sanctions hanging over US-India partnership. The greatest source of uncertainty in India-US relations in recent times, which threatened the very logic...

    Seema Sirohi

    Bringing India’s friends together in the times of Trump

    WASHINGTON: They say when the going gets tough, the tough get going. India’s friends gathered last week to underscore the importance of the bilateral relationship against the background of thorny trade disputes and threat of...

    Seema Sirohi

    Peace ain’t about Taliban selfies

    US officials seem eager to forge a peace process. They made multiple visits to Islamabad to garner Pakistan’s support for Ghani’s unilateral eight-day ceasefire around Eid.

    Seema Sirohi

    Donald Trump’s India tariffs are real

    Trade disputes between India and the US are perennial and contentious at the best of times. But the Donald Trump administration has taken them to a whole new level-—nothing is sacred, generosity is absent and...

    Seema Sirohi

    Shangri-La Dialogue: Oh, China got the message

    Key players at Shangri-La made sure to let Beijing know what they thought of its money and muscle diplomacy. PM Modi from India and US Defence Secretary James Mattis gave the same message, albeit with different shades of nuance.

    Seema Sirohi

    Will ‘2+2’ add up to S-400s?

    A lot is riding on the high-level dialogue between India and the US scheduled for early July. Can the ‘2+2’ meeting between the defence and foreign ministers smoothen the wrinkles currently fogging the relationship? From...

    Seema Sirohi

    New Non-Alignment for India?

    When it comes down to it, India will have some difficulty dealing with US President Donald Trump’s decision to abandon the Iran nuclear deal, but not extreme pain. The Indian bureaucracy has considerable expertise handling...

    Seema Sirohi

    Why must we pay for Russia’s sins?

    The US government is keenly aware that punishing India to punish Russia under a new sanctions law would be a monumental folly. If India becomes collateral damage in Washington’s desire to make Moscow pay for...

    Seema Sirohi

    Russia sanctions: India should get a waiver

    The Trump Administration is keenly aware that punishing India to punish Russia under a new sanctions law would be monumental folly, a grave mistake. If India becomes collateral damage in Washington’s desire to make Russia...

    Seema Sirohi

    Why the Syria strikes? Seriously

    US President Donald Trump declared victory on Twitter after raining a hundred missiles on Syria for crossing the red line on chemical weapons. His trusted UN ambassador Nikki Haley announced that the US is “locked...

    Seema Sirohi

    No cool US aid for terroristan?

    The White House is sticking to its tough policy on Pakistan as of now. That means US security assistance worth $1.4 billion remains suspended and diplomatic pressure will continue in various international fora and through...

1 2 3 4 5 6 7
NEXT

Other useful Links


Follow us on


Download et app


Copyright © 2019 Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd. All rights reserved. For reprint rights: Times Syndication Service