Prashant Jha

Prashant Jha is the Washington DC-based US correspondent of Hindustan Times. He is also the editor of HT Premium. Jha has earlier served as editor-views and national political editor/bureau chief of the paper. He is the author of How the BJP Wins: Inside India's Greatest Election Machine and Battles of the New Republic: A Contemporary History of Nepal.

Articles by Prashant Jha

Eye on polls: Rahul woos diaspora in US

Gandhi said the Indian freedom struggle began in South Africa, and Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Patel, Subas Chandra Bose, and BR Ambedkar were all NRIs who made a difference

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi addresses Indian diaspora at an event in New York. (PTI)
Updated on Jun 06, 2023 12:07 AM IST

An erosion of Indian democracy will be a disaster for US: Rahul

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has argued that Indian democracy is a global public good and that its erosion would be a "disaster" for American national security. Speaking at a dinner hosted by diaspora member Frank Islam, Gandhi told attendees that the bedrock of an alternative vision to China?s production-based strategy had to be democracy. His comments come ahead of a visit to Washington DC by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and amid accusations from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party that Gandhi is defaming India on foreign soil.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi engages in a discussion with the esteemed members of the National Press Club, in Washington DC. (Congress Twitter)
Updated on Jun 03, 2023 12:53 AM IST
By, Washington

US Congress invitation puts Modi in elite club

The address is expected on the afternoon of June 22 Eastern Time, after President Joe Biden receives Modi at the White House

The invitation to PM Narendra Modi for a second time places him in a unique club of leaders. (ANI)
Updated on Jun 03, 2023 05:21 AM IST

In US, Rahul backs India’s position on Ukraine

Rahul calls for a new system of production and manufacturing where India and the US can work together.

Congress Party leader Rahul Gandhi addresses students at Stanford University Campus in California. (ANI)
Updated on Jun 02, 2023 08:13 AM IST

US House passes bill to avert debt default: Senate to process legislation next

The passage of the bill helps the US avert what would have been an unprecedented default on its obligations and an economic crisis.

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy of Calif. along with other Republican members of the House, speaks at a news conference after the House passed the debt ceiling bill at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, May 31, 2023. (AP)
Updated on Jun 02, 2023 04:24 PM IST
By, Washington

In California, Rahul Gandhi slams BJP, RSS, Modi for assaulting idea of India

He said Indian Muslims were most directly at the receiving end of hatred and aggression and that all minorities and the poor today in India were under attack

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi at an interaction at the University of California, Santa Cruz. (PTI)
Updated on May 31, 2023 11:29 AM IST

PM to lead Yoga Day event at UN headquarters in New York

\Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lead International Day of Yoga celebrations at the UN headquarters in New York.

The United Nations recognised June 21 as International Day of Yoga in 2014. (PTI)
Updated on May 31, 2023 12:07 AM IST

US: Allegations of fraud in Nepal refugee document 'concerning'

A US State Department spokesperson told HT that the current allegations of corruption and “unlawful fabrication of refugee documents” were concerning.

The US, the State Department said, takes the integrity of its refugee programme seriously and investigates and reviews cases accordingly.(AFP)
Updated on May 30, 2023 08:24 PM IST
By, Washington

14 IPEF nations agree to strengthen supply chains, cut reliance on China

The Indo-Pacific Economic Framework has reached a deal on supply chain resilience and diversification.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, US President Joe Biden, and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida at the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity (IPEF) event, in Tokyo. (ANI)
Updated on May 29, 2023 04:39 AM IST
By, Washington

US prez, McCarthy strike deal to avert US debt default

Both the President and Speaker projected the deal as a win to convince their constituents that it meets the priorities of their respective parties

US President Joe Biden (right) meets with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy about the debt ceiling, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, on May 22. (AFP)
Updated on May 28, 2023 10:49 PM IST

Will new Parliament building stand the ‘test of democracy’?

Parliament is India’s pride. As it moves to a new home, HT looks at its journey, and the promise for the future.

The old Parliament building, a magnificent structure, has been the site where India’s politics has evolved throughout the post-Independence era (Illustration: Mohit Suneja)
Updated on May 27, 2023 02:13 PM IST

China not responding to US requests for open lines of communication: Pentagon

The US administration has consistently maintained that it wishes to have open lines of communication with China.

Chinese maritime law enforcement fleet led by a patrol and rescue vessel Haixun 06 patrols during a joint patrol operation in the central and northern waters of the Taiwan Straits, in Fujian province.(Reuters)
Updated on May 27, 2023 08:57 PM IST

US defence secretary to visit India in early June, defence talks on agenda

Lloyd Austin's India visit comes in the run-up to PM Modi’s visit to US, where defence cooperation is expected to figure prominently among the outcomes.

Lloyd Austin is the fourth US cabinet-level secretary to visit India this year, after Secretary of State Antony J Blinken, treasury secretary Janet Yellen and commerce secretary Gina Raimondo.(Reuters)
Updated on May 26, 2023 05:34 AM IST

PM Modi to address US Congress? Ro Khanna confident of invite

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had addressed the US Congress in 2016, where he famously spoke about how the two countries have overcome “hesitations of history”.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a joint session of US Congress in 2016.(Twitter/MEA India)
Updated on May 26, 2023 04:32 AM IST

Ron DeSantis and the Republican paradise

While Donald Trump has surged in recent weeks, DeSantis has come to define the new culture wars waged by the GOP. Can he get America to back his agenda?

 Ron DeSantis is the new star on the horizon. He checked every ideological box of Right-wing cultural extremism(Getty Images via AFP)
Published on May 23, 2023 08:14 PM IST

Quad summit in Hiroshima, Biden thanks leaders for flexibility: White House

Quad leaders agreed to hold the summit in Hiroshima ‘to ensure that the four leaders could come together to mark the Quad’s progress over the past year’

(From left) Australian PM Anthony Albanese, US President Joe Biden and Indian PM Narendra Modi are greeted by Japanese PM Fumio Kishida (right), during their arrival to the Quad leaders summit at Kantei Palace in Tokyo, Japan, on May 24, 2022. (AP)
Updated on May 19, 2023 11:12 PM IST

Extradition cleared: US court details evidence linking Rana, Headley

The order was based on a request by the Government of India, channelled through the US government, under the provisions of the India-US extradition treaty.

The US court has approved the extradition of a Canadian businessman of Pakistani descent Tahawwur Rana to India where he is sought for his involvement in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. (ANI Photo)(LawBeatInd twitter)
Updated on May 19, 2023 02:27 AM IST
By, Washington

US outlines its focus on Indo-Pacific, says G7 will align countries on China

A day after President Joe Biden cancelled visit to Australia and Papua New Guinea, the United States gets into damage control mode

US President Joe Biden (left) reacts as he meets with Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in Hiroshima, Japan, on Thursday, ahead of the start of the G7 Summit. (AP)
Updated on May 18, 2023 10:46 PM IST

What is the debt ceiling crisis? A very American problem

What’s the debt ceiling crisis that prompted the US President to cancel such a strategically significant visit?

US President Joe Biden walks on the South Lawn of the White House before boarding Marine One in Washington, DC, US, on Wednesday. (Bloomberg)
Updated on May 18, 2023 07:37 PM IST
By, Washington

Sydney Quad Summit called off over US crisis

People familiar with the matter said that though the Quad Leaders Summit had been rescheduled, the PM's engagements in Australia would remain unchanged.

US president Joe Biden (C) speaks during a meeting on the debt limit with (L-R) US House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, US Vice President Kamala Harris, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries. (AFP)
Updated on May 18, 2023 01:14 AM IST
By, , New Delhi /washington

No Quad meeting after Joe Biden cancels Australia visit as US debt crisis peaks

Biden has also cancelled the Papua New Guinea leg of his trip; his visit would have been the first by any American president to a Pacific Island country.

US President Joe Biden.(AFP)
Updated on May 17, 2023 09:06 AM IST

How the Congress won Karnataka

The combination of a rooted unified leadership, messaging around local issues, strong social coalition, and a clever campaign that capitalised on anti-incumbency helped Congress

The Congress ended up winning 137 of Karnataka’s 244 seats (Twitter Photo)
Updated on May 14, 2023 12:32 AM IST

What didn’t work for the BJP in Karnataka election

The party’s biggest failure was engineering a smoother transition from the old to the new leadership

Karnataka chief minister Basavaraj Bommai ran a government that put communal issues front and centre (Basavaraj S Bommai Twitter)
Updated on May 14, 2023 12:38 AM IST

The JD(S) confronts an existential crisis

Karnataka election results: The JD(S) fell to its lowest seat tally of 19 since 1999 when the fledgling party first fought elections, falling from 37 in 2018

The two governments led by HD Kumaraswamy collapsed under the weight of their internal contradictions (PTI fILE pHOTO)
Updated on May 14, 2023 12:29 AM IST

What the Karnataka results mean for 2024 Lok Sabha polls

The Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) defeat in the state must count as one of the more embarrassing episodes in its otherwise sparkling recent electoral record

The win helps boost the morale of Congress workers on the ground. (PTI photo)
Updated on May 13, 2023 05:18 PM IST

US, China renew high-level engagement; Blinken may visit Beijing

US national security adviser Jake Sullivan met Chinese Communist Party Politburo Member and Director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission Wang Yi in Vienna.

US national security adviser Jake Sullivan (left) and Chinese Communist Party Politburo Member and Director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission Wang Yi. (AFP/AP)
Updated on May 11, 2023 11:16 PM IST

Modi to visit US on June 22

Modi’s state visit is seen in Washington DC as symbol of the deepening India-US strategic partnership, amid shared anxieties about China’s actions in Asia and beyond

The PM is likely to lead International Yoga Day celebrations a day earlier, on June 21, at the United Nations in New York. (PTI)
Updated on May 11, 2023 12:55 AM IST
By, Washington

White House announces Biden’s Papua New Guinea visit

In a sign of strategic convergence, it will overlap with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the Pacific islands

President Joe Biden speaks before a screening of the series ‘American Born Chinese’ in the East Room of the White House in Washington, in celebration of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, on Monday. (AP)
Updated on May 09, 2023 11:00 PM IST

After Texas shooting, a resigned White House throws its hands up in frustration

14,000 killed in 201 mass shootings this year alone; White House acknowledged that the US was the only country in the world that faces a crisis of this nature

People write messages on crosses in a memorial setup near an entrance to the Allen Premium Outlets mall in Allen, Texas, on Monday. On May 6, a shooter opened fire at the outlet mall, killing eight people. (AFP)
Updated on May 09, 2023 08:58 PM IST

How India triumphed in the nuclear debate

25 years after Pokhran II, there is no doubt that India was right in going nuclear. Delhi won the geopolitical, strategic, ethical and economic arguments

The late Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who made the political call to overcome the 24-year-long diffidence, set out a clear objective and managed the consequences, stands vindicated. (HT Archive)
Published on May 09, 2023 06:11 PM IST
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