Opinion | A new normal has now been set for India-US relations
That Trump travelled to India without any substantive deliverable is the real story here
US President Donald Trump’s 36 hours in India were full of activity, as he travelled from Ahmedabad to Agra and then to Delhi with his family. He had hoped for a grand welcome and he got one. In his words: “Nobody else that came here got the reception that I got yesterday. We had thousands of people outside [the stadium]. That was an incredible scene." The Narendra Modi government had ensured that his welcome would live up to the hype that the president himself had generated before his visit. There are not many countries in the world where Trump would have got such a reception. Prime Minister Modi has a knack for building a rapport with global leaders and, even in the case of a rather mercurial Trump, he has succeeded in creating a personal relationship despite some initial disdain that the US leader had reportedly shown for him. The result was that during his India visit, Trump was effervescent in his praise of Modi, so much so that even in the visitors’ diary of Sabarmati ashram, he wrote: “To my great friend, Prime Minister Modi—thank you for this wonderful visit." This was the fifth meeting between the two in the last eight months, underlining the growing maturity of the relationship.