Albert Einstein would say that in the midst of every crisis lies an opportunity. When it comes to present day Indo-US relations, it is time to take stock of that saying. Many skeptics have been blaring about how with the coming of President Donald Trump to power, two groups—the larger Indian diaspora, and Indian businesses with strong presence in the USA—may be plunged into a deep crisis. There are fears of job cuts for Indians who hold working visas as opposed to those with green cards, especially from the IT and IT-enabled services, and backlash from American groups that are generally against immigrants from Asia.
While both of those situations are still in the realms of conjecture, what we do know and is that Donald Trump addressed a fairly large gathering of Indian Americans organized by the Republic Hindu Coalition (RHC) at the New Jersey Convention and Expo Center in Edison during his high-octane election campaign. It was broadcast live across the USA, and many in India kept awake to watch it. The contents of that speech were heard by thousands, and essentially he spoke about being “best friends” with India,