The outcome of the so called ‘Howdy Modi’ event organised by the Texas Indian Forum and sponsored by various far-right Hindutva Coalitions among the Indian-American Diaspora may be summed up thus:
In return for Trump’s studied silence on Kashmir, in Houston, Modi himself turned out as the biggest overseas star campaigner for the far-right and Evangelist Donald Trump in his 2020 re-election bid for US presidency. For that, Modi’s media managers in the US have succeeded in ensuring the presence of around 50000 people at the NRG Football stadium in Houston, even as well-meaning and concerned Indian-origin people led by such democratic organisations as International Humanitarian Foundation (IHF), Alliance for Justice Accountability (AJA) and so on have come out on the streets in thousands exposing both Trump, the imperialist master and Modi, his junior partner.
However, far more important is the signing of a MOU between the US natural gas company Tellurian Inc. and Petronet LNG Limited (PLL) of India wherein Petronet and its affiliates are to purchase up to five million tonnes per annum (5 mtpa) of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Tellurian’s production-site in Driftwood. The transaction is expected to be finalised by March 31, 2020. But, this agreement is to be evaluated in the context of Modi regime’s abrupt ending of import of petroleum products including oil and gas from neighbouring Iran and Venezuela, both being world’s cheapest sources today, even as China, dismissing US threat, unabatedly continues with one-third of its total oil imports from Iran.
At a time when domestic prices of petrol, diesel and cooking gas are pushed to its highest levels, that too along with the historic collapse of the Indian economy including Indian rupee, this deal with US is nothing except a betrayal of India’s national interests. Already, US has become India’s biggest arms supplier. Together with this new agreement in the petroleum sector, US imperialism will be able to suck out a larger share of Indian people’s hard-earned wealth. Of course, the other sell-outs associated with ‘Howdy Modi’ are yet to be announced.
To be precise, while both imperialist and Indian corporate media are vying each other to glorify the Houston Party as a big event, Modi appears to have succeeded once again influencing his master Trump to gloss over the severest international criticism that has come up in the context of Kashmir and Citizenship issue in India.
In the process, Modi regime has again surrendered to US imperialism’s intensified neo-colonial plunder over India thereby inflicting heavier blows to the economy already sinking into the deep pit of recession. n