08 March 2020

While the Hindutva fascists are leading anti-Muslim riot in the national capital of Delhi, Modi was engaged in appeasing Trump, his imperialist master by conceding to all of latter’s corporate demands. Accordingly, the joint statement arrived at, India and US shall work as “Comprehensive Global Strategic Partners”, with India as junior partner. It leads to a hither to highest level of military cooperation and re-vitalisation of “Quadrilateral” consisting of US, Japan, Australia and India as a geo-political counter-weight against China in the Indo-Pacific region.

This agreement gives immediate economic gain of Rs. 50000 crore to US; defence deal of around Rs. 20000 crore for weapons from MNCs such as Lockheed Martin. Among other things, the deal also involves the dumping of the Westinghouse-owned 6 obsolete nuclear plants at a cost of around Rs. 2.5 lakh crore as well as an MoU on LNG pipeline infrastructure between Indian Oil Corporation and Exxon-Mobil.

More gruesome is a comprehensive trade deal that is under process. Accordingly, among other things, the whole dairy sector of India providing livelihood and sustenance to 15 crore Indians will be thrown open to US agri-business and corporate farm exporters who are already enjoying a subsidy of around Rs. 61 lakh crore in US that enables them to dump their products in India and elsewhere. Regarding this, fascist Modi regime is reported to have given its commitment to Trump even as Indian farmers, many of whom own just one or two animals, are demanding that agriculture should be kept out of all international trade deals.

A number of agreements on digital technology and cyberspace, counter-terrorism and so on in which US corporatocracy has monopoly power have also been arrived at. For instance, displaying his wholehearted interest to work as a junior partner of US digital giants, Mukesh Ambani has made Trump happy by stating that his company (Jio) is the only network without a single Chinese component.” No doubt, various US tech giants such as Googlepay, Apple, Visa, Mastercard, Facebook, What’s App, etc. have already established their tentacles in India.

And that also is related to the political crux of the matter. At a time when imperialist China is the biggest threat to US-led western imperialist bloc (for instance, all US efforts to contain the growing clout of Huawei, the Chinese digital giant has failed so far) in today’s multi-polar world, Trump is taking all steps available to deal with it. As the post-Brexit EU becomes more assertive and as Sino-Russian alliance, unlike the Cold War days, is more strong, Trump, the current CEO of US corporate interests is bent on utilising India as a last resort and a launching pad in its anti-China machinations.

In this sharpening inter-imperialist rivalry between US and China, Modi is fully inclined towards casting his lot with the former. This was evident from Modi’ s last minute exit from the RCEP by the end of 2019,  as continuing in it would have resulted in playing the inevitable second fiddle to China which is the big brother both in RCEP and in Asia-Pacific region. Now together with the geopolitical undertones involved, Modi’s impending trade deal with US having far-reaching repercussions for India is the logical corollary of his backing out from RCEP trade deal.

With these various defence partnerships and trade deals (whose legal framework is to be finalised), Modi is integrating India with the US-led western imperialist bloc that is fully in conformity with the time-tested servility of RSS to Yankee imperialism.

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