- Jan 7, 2022
Name me a single superpower that the US is allied with.I don't think that's a fair comparison, it is NDTV doing what NDTV does best, i.e. trying to make the incumbent central govt look helpless. Even well before the Russia-Ukraine war the wait times for visas in US consulates in India had dramatically increased because of the enormous backlog. While it is true that China sends equal number of students to US as India, India pretty much is the largest beneficiary of other categories of visas such as H1b, L1, B1 etc. I don't have the recent numbers, but few years ago we were beneficiaries of over 60% of all H1bs, whereas China was < 10%. Add to the business and tourist visitors and consulates remaining shut for two years due to covid and you end up in the current situation.
While US has in the past has weaponized visas, they are also mercantilists to know not issuing visas mostly harms US universities and US companies that benefit enormously from Indian brain drain.
Brace yourself, next year both India and US prepare for 2024 elections, with dems controlling the government they will do their best to create as many obstacles in front of Modi as possible. The US establishment pulling Russia into a bloody war to permanently weaken it is a work in progress, once they are done with Russia, they will turn their sights towards China and India, it does not sit well with them to see an increasingly assertive, stronger India and Indian leadership.