WASHINGTON, May 19, 2014 – Most Americans don’t realize it but last week, the world’s largest democracy finished national elections. Elections in India are a marathon. They last for weeks. The results are now in and as expected the BJP Party ended up with a large vote and will lead a coalition government.
Narendra Modi is India’s new Prime Minister. He ran on a platform of smaller government and to fight the crony corruption that has become a hallmark of the up until now, dominant Congress Party. Last week’s election results are simply stunning for India. It is the first time since India’s independence in 1948 that any party other than the Congress Party has won a majority in an election.
For America, this is an opportunity, assuming that Obama doesn’t blow it through either incompetence or malice.
India sits right between two of our major, at best, rivals and, at worst, enemies. China is rising in the East. It is extending its power into the Western Pacific as under Obama America’s power shrinks. China is aggressively expanding its territorial claims to resource rich areas that are claimed by Vietnam, Japan or the Philippines.
Japan and the Philippines are now looking to expand their own military capabilities, doubting whether the United States will have either the will or the ability to help them in a confrontation with China.
On the other side of India is Pakistan. It is hard for a rational person to call Pakistan anything other than an enemy of America. This is the nation that looked the other way while one of its citizens, Dr. A.Q. Kahn became a one man nuclear weapons door to door salesman. Pakistan hid Osama Bin Laden for years. Pakistan’s intelligence service, the ISI is responsible for the creation of the Taliban and actively aids them in the war in Afghanistan.
Modi’s track record as the head of the Gujarat state is enviable. He implemented free market reforms and while the rest of India was suffering from state sponsored socialism, Gujarat economy boomed.
He is now poised to do the same for India.
The question is what will the United States do? Thanks to the Obama’s at best incompetent polices, our list of allies grows thin.
The Obama regime has blatantly favored both Islamist states and socialist states over states that try to create prosperity through the free market. That does not bode well for us. Obama should extend an immediate and gracious invitation for Prime Minister Modi to visit the United States.
If he does not, the Republicans in the House of Representatives should.
India has a choice. It can continue to go with the BRIC group (Brazil, Russia, India, China) or America can reach out and splinter that group by making India our friend.
Obama has managed to destroy our relations with Russia. China thinks he is a joke. Brazil is led by a former Marxist guerilla who loves Cuba and hates America. The BRIC group has proposed replacing the dollar as the world’s reserve currency and replacing it with something they would propose and control.
Enticing India from that group would be a major step towards blocking that proposal and helping to keep America as an economic super power.
For now, India is the key in Asia.
If Obama will not reach out, Republicans must.