Frank F Islam
Articles by Frank F Islam

Why Indo-Americans must speak up on race relations

As a significant demographic, they must speak out on race relations, engage other minority groups and civil rights organisations, and use our formidable resources to work for racial equality and justice for all in the US.

Hate crimes against immigrant groups have been rising in the US since 2015, when Donald Trump launched his toxic campaign for president and stoked anti-immigration sentiments. (AP)
Hate crimes against immigrant groups have been rising in the US since 2015, when Donald Trump launched his toxic campaign for president and stoked anti-immigration sentiments. (AP)
Published on Sep 22, 2022 07:10 PM IST

India, US should look at deepening defence ties

The Khanna amendment provides an excellent platform to make that partnership even stronger. It will accomplish this by enabling India to buy the time necessary to diversify its defence acquisitions, without compromising the country’s immediate security needS

There have also been a number of defence-related joint initiatives between the two countries lately. The US granted India “Strategic Trade Authorization tier 1” status in 2018, allowing the country to acquire a number of military and dual-use technologies. (ANI)
There have also been a number of defence-related joint initiatives between the two countries lately. The US granted India “Strategic Trade Authorization tier 1” status in 2018, allowing the country to acquire a number of military and dual-use technologies. (ANI)
Updated on Jul 25, 2022 08:30 PM IST

Runaway inflation is a global problem. It needs global solutions

Those solutions can only be crafted by those who care about the world and not just themselves or their own little corner of it

Janet Yellen, US Treasury secretary, listens during a Senate Finance Committee hearing in Washington, DC, June 7, 2022 (Bloomberg)
Janet Yellen, US Treasury secretary, listens during a Senate Finance Committee hearing in Washington, DC, June 7, 2022 (Bloomberg)
Updated on Jun 08, 2022 07:32 PM IST

What the successful completion of the 2+2 Dialogue signifies

It demonstrates that India and the US can work together despite their differences in these key areas

A collaborative tone for the dialogue was set by President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who, in their hour-long virtual summit, stressed their commitment to working together on a range of issues (PTI)
A collaborative tone for the dialogue was set by President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who, in their hour-long virtual summit, stressed their commitment to working together on a range of issues (PTI)
Updated on Apr 25, 2022 05:51 PM IST

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine throws world order into disarray

The brazenness with which Russia attacked Ukraine signals that the multipolar world order Moscow and Beijing are seeking may be near — or already here.

Putin would not have embarked on the Ukraine project without the tacit approval of China, which is why he waited till the end of the Beijing Winter Olympics. (AFP)
Putin would not have embarked on the Ukraine project without the tacit approval of China, which is why he waited till the end of the Beijing Winter Olympics. (AFP)
Published on Mar 03, 2022 07:39 PM IST

Remembering Nobel Laureate Khorana

The failure to recognise the contributions of Khorana this year . The origin of the PCR test, one of modern medical science’s best tools in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, traces its beginnings to Khorana’s foundational research on the ribonucleic acid gene

Khorana’s journey from Raipur, a small village now in Pakistan on the Jammu border, to being a Nobel laureate and a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is awe-inspiring. It was a circuitous journey. (HT Archives)
Khorana’s journey from Raipur, a small village now in Pakistan on the Jammu border, to being a Nobel laureate and a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is awe-inspiring. It was a circuitous journey. (HT Archives)
Updated on Jan 29, 2022 08:03 PM IST
ByFrank F. Islam

Democracy summit: A first step for renewing democracy worldwide

The US and India must be leaders in that renewal process by demonstrating what they are doing within their countries to strengthen democracy and serve as examples for the rest of the world

President Joe Biden speaks at the Democracy summit, December 9, 2021 (AP)
President Joe Biden speaks at the Democracy summit, December 9, 2021 (AP)
Updated on Dec 21, 2021 08:18 PM IST
ByFrank F Islam

Facebook won’t reform. Strong regulation is key

The absence of regulation, or minimal regulations, makes social media the modern-day Wild West. Many activists have complained that the largely unregulated social media ecosystem is having a corrosive effect on democracies around the world

The recent release of a trove of whistleblower documents, dubbed the Facebook Papers, was so damaging that the company was forced to rebrand itself (REUTERS)
The recent release of a trove of whistleblower documents, dubbed the Facebook Papers, was so damaging that the company was forced to rebrand itself (REUTERS)
Updated on Nov 13, 2021 10:46 PM IST
ByFrank F Islam

AUKUS won’t affect the US-India relationship. But it will affect Quad

The US-India relationship remains steady and focused and where its leaders want it to be at this point in time with each other and in Quad. There was a little churn over AUKUS but it is time to set the noise aside and get to work on issues that really matter.

Despite knowing that AUKUS would ruffle some feathers, the Biden administration proceeded with the new alliance. This speaks volumes of the importance the Biden administration gives to countering Beijing’s belligerence in the Indo-Pacific. (AP)
Despite knowing that AUKUS would ruffle some feathers, the Biden administration proceeded with the new alliance. This speaks volumes of the importance the Biden administration gives to countering Beijing’s belligerence in the Indo-Pacific. (AP)
Updated on Oct 18, 2021 11:46 AM IST
ByFrank F Islam

The India story is back. But it needs courage and perseverance

The rollback of the tax legislation was one of the most positive signals New Delhi has sent to investors in a long while

2030 is less than a decade away. It may take a bit longer than that to achieve true leadership in the world (Shutterstock)
2030 is less than a decade away. It may take a bit longer than that to achieve true leadership in the world (Shutterstock)
Updated on Aug 29, 2021 08:05 PM IST
ByFrank F Islam

The Afghan endgame: The US retreats, Taliban returns

The Taliban has been emboldened by the American withdrawal and the prospects for a negotiated peace for Afghanistan have grown exceedingly dim.

The US presence in this latest war brought about a modicum of stability beginning in 2001 but at a heavy cost (AFP)
The US presence in this latest war brought about a modicum of stability beginning in 2001 but at a heavy cost (AFP)
Published on Jul 07, 2021 08:00 PM IST
ByFrank F Islam

How Indian-Americans shaped the US response to India’s second wave

With its leadership in mobilising America’s efforts to help combat the pandemic in India, the Indian-American community has demonstrated what it can accomplish when it comes together for a common purpose

Those speaking on behalf of India have included Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella, both of whom announced multi-million-dollar packages on behalf of their respective organisations (AFP Photo)
Those speaking on behalf of India have included Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella, both of whom announced multi-million-dollar packages on behalf of their respective organisations (AFP Photo)
Published on Jun 02, 2021 07:31 PM IST
ByFrank F Islam

Why Biden delayed offering help to India

The delay could have been due to the US’ unfinished battle with the virus, its deliberative decision-making process, and, the desire to avoid a controversy

The Biden administration also brings a compassion and moral understanding to the table that empowers it to do this as the right thing to fight this virus globally. (AFP)
The Biden administration also brings a compassion and moral understanding to the table that empowers it to do this as the right thing to fight this virus globally. (AFP)
Updated on Apr 26, 2021 05:12 PM IST
ByFrank F Islam

Under Joe Biden, a return to professional diplomacy with India

Under the current secretary of state, Antony Blinken, the US is more likely to play the role of a firefighter, rather than that of an arsonist. That does not, however, mean Washington will be blind to potential Chinese aggression

During the campaign, there were concerns among some in India about Biden because of his criticism of India on issues such as Kashmir and the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) (REUTERS)
During the campaign, there were concerns among some in India about Biden because of his criticism of India on issues such as Kashmir and the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) (REUTERS)
Published on Mar 15, 2021 08:57 PM IST
ByFrank F Islam

Joe Biden’s win is good for India-US ties, writes Frank F Islam

2020 was a long and contentious year politically which ended with a win for Biden, America, and India. That is good news. The better news is that the best is yet to come.

Under the Biden presidency, the US will rejoin the Paris Agreement — which took effect on November 4, the day after the elections — and a series of other international accords and treaties, and rebuild the bridge with its NATO partners. India will benefit from the US once again taking an active role internationally.(REUTERS)
Under the Biden presidency, the US will rejoin the Paris Agreement — which took effect on November 4, the day after the elections — and a series of other international accords and treaties, and rebuild the bridge with its NATO partners. India will benefit from the US once again taking an active role internationally.(REUTERS)
Updated on Nov 23, 2020 06:56 PM IST
ByFrank F Islam

2020 marks the arrival of the Indian-American voter | Opinion

Irrespective of who wins, Indian-Americans will be winners. November 3 will mark their arrival as major players, contributors and indeed, as citizens, in the political arena of the world’s second-largest democracy

The first survey conducted by AAPI Data, disclosed that nearly half of the Indian-American population (48%) identify themselves as Democrats, while 22% of the community identify as Republicans(AP)
The first survey conducted by AAPI Data, disclosed that nearly half of the Indian-American population (48%) identify themselves as Democrats, while 22% of the community identify as Republicans(AP)
Updated on Nov 02, 2020 07:04 PM IST
ByFrank F Islam

2020 is the year of Indian-Americans, and they’re not with Trump

There are many reasons the president hasn’t been able to move the needle substantially with the Indian-American community. First and foremost is the former vice-president’s long track record as a supporter of India, dating back to his Senate days.

These are among the dozen states that will decide the fate of Trump and Biden on November 3(AP)
These are among the dozen states that will decide the fate of Trump and Biden on November 3(AP)
Updated on Sep 29, 2020 08:09 PM IST
ByFrank F Islam

For strategic reasons, India must deepen defence ties with the US

With India hoping to meet most of its defence needs locally, as part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan, the US and its companies are ideally positioned to be the best partners and allies for India in that campaign

Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks to US President Donald Trump, New Delhi, February 25, 2020(REUTERS)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks to US President Donald Trump, New Delhi, February 25, 2020(REUTERS)
Updated on Sep 02, 2020 10:27 AM IST
ByFrank F. Islam

Covid-19: From the US, lessons on what not to do | Opinion

Driven by politics rather than science, Donald Trump took a set of reckless decisions. Here are 10 lessons

President Trump’s coronavirus playbook is a template for current and future national leaders on how not to fight a pandemic(AFP)
President Trump’s coronavirus playbook is a template for current and future national leaders on how not to fight a pandemic(AFP)
Updated on Jul 15, 2020 08:11 PM IST
ByFrank F Islam

The precarious status of H-1B visa holders in the US

Some sort of restrictions could be imposed even within weeks. In the proclamation, Trump directed the secretaries of labour and homeland security to review various visa programmes and recommend appropriate measures

H-1B was a big target for Trump in 2016, who repeatedly criticised it during the presidential campaign(Reuters)
H-1B was a big target for Trump in 2016, who repeatedly criticised it during the presidential campaign(Reuters)
Updated on Jun 06, 2020 07:37 PM IST
ByFrank F Islam

The US presidential election match-up is welcome news for India

It can do business with both Trump and Biden. But the latter will be a more friendly interlocutor, steady partner

Indians will not get to vote for the next president of the US. But Indian-Americans will. They should keep distinct differences in style and behaviour of Donald Trump and Joe Biden in mind when they cast their ballots.(AP)
Indians will not get to vote for the next president of the US. But Indian-Americans will. They should keep distinct differences in style and behaviour of Donald Trump and Joe Biden in mind when they cast their ballots.(AP)
Published on Apr 21, 2020 06:11 PM IST
ByFrank F Islam

Trump’s India visit was aimed at the diaspora vote | Opinion

In 2016, he received only a sixth of the Indian-American votes, while the majority went to the Democrats

The Trump visit differed from the previous presidential visits in one aspect. The trip was in essence a campaign stop as well. If the tens of thousands of white hats audience in Motera reminded one of a MAGA rally, it was not coincidental(AFP)
The Trump visit differed from the previous presidential visits in one aspect. The trip was in essence a campaign stop as well. If the tens of thousands of white hats audience in Motera reminded one of a MAGA rally, it was not coincidental(AFP)
Updated on Mar 01, 2020 07:22 PM IST
ByFrank F Islam

What the US, India and the world can learn from King and Gandhi

In January, 2020, India, the US, and the world, need more peace, love and healing. We need a renewal and a reawakening of our better angels. Those of us who understand this must hear the voices of King and Gandhi and step forward to “walk in the light” and to “be the change”.

In these polarised times in the United States, India, and indeed, around the world, Gandhi and King live on through their deeds and words(HT Archive)
In these polarised times in the United States, India, and indeed, around the world, Gandhi and King live on through their deeds and words(HT Archive)
Updated on Jan 30, 2020 07:02 PM IST
ByFrank F Islam

Engage with the diaspora critical to the Indian State

Their support is pivotal to US-India relations. For the sake of the future, the present should not affect the relationship

Pramila Jayapal has been critical of India’s actions in Jammu and Kashmir(AP)
Pramila Jayapal has been critical of India’s actions in Jammu and Kashmir(AP)
Updated on Jan 20, 2020 08:07 PM IST
ByFrank F Islam

Why the US-China trade war has not helped India | Analysis

Delhi has failed to take advantage because of its own manufacturing weaknesses and disputes with the US

In fact, since Trump moved to the Oval Office, the US trade deficit with China has increased by more than $1 trillion. In comparison, during the first 32 months of Obama’s second term, the US deficit was a little over $900 billion(Getty Images)
In fact, since Trump moved to the Oval Office, the US trade deficit with China has increased by more than $1 trillion. In comparison, during the first 32 months of Obama’s second term, the US deficit was a little over $900 billion(Getty Images)
Updated on Oct 30, 2019 06:57 PM IST
ByFrank F Islam

Analysis| PM Narendra Modi in the US: What are the stakes?

He will seek new economic alliances and reassure stakeholders that the slowdown in India is temporary

The significance of PM Narendra Modi’s Houston visit has been heightened by the fact the White House has announced that US President Donald Trump will participate in a major diaspora event to be held there(PM Office release)
The significance of PM Narendra Modi’s Houston visit has been heightened by the fact the White House has announced that US President Donald Trump will participate in a major diaspora event to be held there(PM Office release)
Updated on Sep 17, 2019 08:58 PM IST
ByFrank F Islam

India and the US must approach the bilateral ties cautiously

Both sides must now look past Trump’s unfortunate statement and focus on addressing contentious issues.

India’s advantage is that it has the right person in S Jaishankar, a former envoy to US, to navigate ties with Washington.(PTI Photo)
India’s advantage is that it has the right person in S Jaishankar, a former envoy to US, to navigate ties with Washington.(PTI Photo)
Published on Jul 28, 2019 06:02 PM IST
ByFrank F Islam

Opinion | The Modi government must restart the reforms process

For India to grow and flourish, it should also focus on jobs, education, healthcare and climate change

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s victory in the general elections is a testament to his immense popularity across the country(PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s victory in the general elections is a testament to his immense popularity across the country(PTI)
Updated on Jun 05, 2019 12:39 PM IST
ByFrank F Islam

Negotiation is the only way out of the India-US trade war

If India retaliates, there is little doubt that the Trump administration would respond in return and up the ante.

India should keep its eye on the big picture. Since the country began liberalising its economy in 1991, its bilateral trade with the United States has increased dramatically and India is the ninth largest trading partner of the US today.(REUTERS)
India should keep its eye on the big picture. Since the country began liberalising its economy in 1991, its bilateral trade with the United States has increased dramatically and India is the ninth largest trading partner of the US today.(REUTERS)
Updated on Mar 15, 2019 03:39 PM IST
ByFrank F Islam

The economy is moving in the right trajectory

In this year’s Ease of Doing Business report, India moved up 23 positions to reach 77th — the highest the country has ever been placed in the 15-year history of the survey. India must continue its journey on that path until it ranks at or near the top of the ranked countries

This is evidence that the flurry of reforms made by the Indian government to improve business conditions, after Modi’s promise to the global business leaders in the US Capitol, have paid off(AP)
This is evidence that the flurry of reforms made by the Indian government to improve business conditions, after Modi’s promise to the global business leaders in the US Capitol, have paid off(AP)
Updated on Dec 05, 2018 06:34 PM IST
ByFrank F Islam
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