There’s been a noticeable tempering of American MSM’s anti-India stories since PM Modi returned from Washington. The frequency of hit jobs has dropped. Whatever happened in DC, it’s clear the penny has dropped. Betting on the wrong horse in India risks significantly compromising the U.S.’ strategic interests in the Indo-Pacific.
This is not to say the narrative has changed permanently. It’s always there to be amped up whenever deemed “needed.” But for now, it seems that Wall Street’s and Corporate America’s growing investments in India are grounded in Washington’s newfound geoeconomic and strategic realism. And this has a direct impact on even the most well oiled, well funded propaganda machine.
And a lot of the carping will get outsourced to others in the Western alliance network, namely Britain, Canada, and of course, Germany. What they don’t realize is that most Indians don’t see these countries as equal, let alone superior geopolitical heavyweights.
A curiously interesting sidenote – American media outlets barely reported on a Soros organization’s “investigation” into Adani recently. Only the Guardian and FT went hard. Adani’s Haifa port development will be important for Indo-a Middle Eastern-Western connectivity projects.
As for those in the anti-India ecosystem in the US – they’ll continue to ply their trade more locally, less globally and earn handsomely from it. There’s plenty of money to keep them on the bench. But make no mistake, they will be made “useful” one day.
India must keep its eyes peeled for attempts to plant the seeds for domestic disruption during times of relative narrative peacetime. The US has a tendency to slowly subvert friends and foes alike. They do this to control geopolitical outcomes in the long term.
The Modi government’s centralization of power is valued now. His chance of reelection, in part, is strengthened by Hindu nationalism. The alternative – a Congress-led coalition – may ideologically align with Western liberals, but risks having elements selling out to the Chinese.