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

How the Modi era altered the nature of politics and policy

  • The Narendra Modi years - the post-2014 period- have changed the nature of political and electoral competition. It has altered the way political power is exercised, and has transformed political and social realities on the ground. Each of these has, together, changed the nature of the Indian State.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (Photo by Mohd. Zakir/Hindustan Times)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (Photo by Mohd. Zakir/Hindustan Times)
Updated on May 26, 2022 11:49 AM IST
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8 yrs of NDA 2: Confluence of the foreign and the domestic

Narendra Modi has been a pioneer in reshaping India’s climate diplomacy, repositioning New Delhi from being seen as a spoiler to being seen as a constructive actor on the international stage.
Narendra Modi has effectively used the international stage or foreign policy moves to enhance his credentials as a strong prime minister (REUTERS)
Narendra Modi has effectively used the international stage or foreign policy moves to enhance his credentials as a strong prime minister (REUTERS)
Updated on May 26, 2022 11:52 AM IST
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From Tokyo, a strong message to Beijing

  • Quad is now marked by people-centric initiatives, political resilience and security and technology cooperation in order to help create an equitable balance of power
The message from Tokyo is one of peace, but peace on terms acceptable to all major powers. As China goes through its most serious crisis in recent years, it may want to calmly internalise the implications of Quad. (ANI)
The message from Tokyo is one of peace, but peace on terms acceptable to all major powers. As China goes through its most serious crisis in recent years, it may want to calmly internalise the implications of Quad. (ANI)
Published on May 24, 2022 07:42 PM IST
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In Japan, PM Modi, US President Biden to focus on Ukraine, bilateral ties

It is understood that the Biden-Modi conversation largely revolved around the world after the Ukraine crisis and the geopolitical and economic implications of the war.
It is understood that the Biden-Modi conversation largely revolved around the world after the Ukraine crisis and the geopolitical and economic implications of the war.(Reuters file photo)
It is understood that the Biden-Modi conversation largely revolved around the world after the Ukraine crisis and the geopolitical and economic implications of the war.(Reuters file photo)
Updated on May 23, 2022 11:20 AM IST
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When Indian mangoes returned to the United States

Indian ambassador Taranjit Singh Sandhu said the return of Indian mangoes to the US was a reflection of the strength, robustness and maturity in the India-US partnership
Indian ambassador to the US Taranjit Singh Sandhi with US Congressman Jerry McNerney at the India House in WashingtonC(Twitter/SandhuTaranjitS)
Indian ambassador to the US Taranjit Singh Sandhi with US Congressman Jerry McNerney at the India House in WashingtonC(Twitter/SandhuTaranjitS)
Updated on May 21, 2022 03:47 AM IST
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By, Washington

IPEF a significant milestone in Washington’s Indo-Pacific engagement: NSA

The IPEF, he said, was a “modern negotiation designed to deal with modern challenges” since it will provide a new thrust to economic initiatives in the Indo-Pacific region
US President Joe Biden (right) speaks with South Korean President Yoon Suk-youl next to him during a press conference after a visit to the Samsung Electronic Pyeongtaek Campus, in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, on Friday, the first day of his trip to Asia. (AP)
US President Joe Biden (right) speaks with South Korean President Yoon Suk-youl next to him during a press conference after a visit to the Samsung Electronic Pyeongtaek Campus, in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, on Friday, the first day of his trip to Asia. (AP)
Published on May 20, 2022 07:47 PM IST
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US, China discuss security issues, Ukraine

In Rome earlier this year, Jake Sullivan had conveyed Washington’s ‘deep concerns about China’s alignment with Russia’, and warned Yang Jiechi of ‘significant consequences’ should China choose to support Russia.
Yang Jiechi, a Chinese Communist Party politburo member and director of the foreign affairs commission (left) meets with US national security adviser Jake Sullivan (right) in Rome, Italy, on March 14, 2022. (AP)
Yang Jiechi, a Chinese Communist Party politburo member and director of the foreign affairs commission (left) meets with US national security adviser Jake Sullivan (right) in Rome, Italy, on March 14, 2022. (AP)
Updated on May 18, 2022 11:47 PM IST
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In the US, the fusion of White supremacism and domestic terrorism

  • Ideology, politics, technology and law have enabled the rise of racist attacks and hate crimes. And it won’t end.
As scholar Kathleen Belew said in a recent piece in the New York Times, “the violent defence of whiteness”, is at the core of the Great Replacement Theory. (Shutterstock)
As scholar Kathleen Belew said in a recent piece in the New York Times, “the violent defence of whiteness”, is at the core of the Great Replacement Theory. (Shutterstock)
Published on May 18, 2022 09:10 PM IST
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PM Modi calls for reforms in WHO to combat future pandemics

Modi, speaking at the second Covid-19 global summit co-hosted by the US, said that the pandemic had continued to disrupt lives, supply chains and “test the resilience of open societies”.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the second Global Covid Virtual Summit, via video-conference, in New Delhi on Thursday.  (PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the second Global Covid Virtual Summit, via video-conference, in New Delhi on Thursday.  (PTI)
Updated on May 13, 2022 01:35 AM IST
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By, Washington

US proposes pick-and-choose Indo-Pacific economic framework

A State Department spokesperson said the US was still discussing the mechanics of the framework with its partners but will design IPEF to prioritise flexibility and inclusion
President Joe Biden meets virtually with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the South Court Auditorium on the White House campus in Washington on April 11, 2022. (AP File)
President Joe Biden meets virtually with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the South Court Auditorium on the White House campus in Washington on April 11, 2022. (AP File)
Updated on May 13, 2022 03:37 AM IST
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US designs ‘flexible and inclusive’ IPEF model; Delhi sees it in positive light

Washington is designing the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) to prioritise “flexibility and inclusion”, and participating countries can join IPEF without necessarily joining all the four pillars of the framework.
Special Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman called IPEF a “fantastic thought” during her US visit and said PM Narendra Modi had indicated that due consideration would be given to it.
Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman called IPEF a “fantastic thought” during her US visit and said PM Narendra Modi had indicated that due consideration would be given to it.
Updated on May 12, 2022 10:47 PM IST
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Ukraine crisis: Sifting the facts from diplomatic fictions after 75 days of war

While all sides have spoken of the need to end the conflict, there is no sign that the war is about to end. And that is because, at the heart of it, the question for the warring parties is not the end of the conflict, but on what terms the war ends, and who is best positioned after the conflict.
Ukrainian soldiers ride on an armored vehicle enroute to the front line, amid Russia's invasion in Ukraine, in Bakhmut in the Donetsk region on May 8, 2022. (Reuters photo)
Ukrainian soldiers ride on an armored vehicle enroute to the front line, amid Russia's invasion in Ukraine, in Bakhmut in the Donetsk region on May 8, 2022. (Reuters photo)
Updated on May 09, 2022 06:06 PM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, Washington

G7 holds call with Zelensky as US sanctions Russia

In a statement, the Group of Seven (G7) countries - France, Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan, Britain and the US - committed to “phasing out or banning” the import of Russian oil
Uzhhorod : First lady Jill Biden greets Olena Zelenska, spouse of Ukrainian's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, outside of School 6, a public school that has taken in displaced students in Uzhhorod, Ukraine, Sunday, May 8, 2022. AP/PTI(AP05_08_2022_000232A) (AP)
Uzhhorod : First lady Jill Biden greets Olena Zelenska, spouse of Ukrainian's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, outside of School 6, a public school that has taken in displaced students in Uzhhorod, Ukraine, Sunday, May 8, 2022. AP/PTI(AP05_08_2022_000232A) (AP)
Published on May 08, 2022 11:30 PM IST
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Antony Blinken's call to Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari hints at US-Pak ties reset

They exchanged views on “strengthening mutually beneficial, broad based relationship” and “promotion of peace, development and security”
Blinken’s call comes amid allegations from former Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan of an American plot to oust him from office, the centre-piece of his political campaign.(AP)
Blinken’s call comes amid allegations from former Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan of an American plot to oust him from office, the centre-piece of his political campaign.(AP)
Updated on May 08, 2022 06:23 AM IST
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‘Do not patronise’, India tells Dutch diplomat

At a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) briefing on Ukraine on Thursday, the first held under the presidency of the United States (US), India’s permanent representative TS Tirumurti laid out the government’s most recent position on the conflict.
TS Tirumurti (ANI)
TS Tirumurti (ANI)
Updated on May 07, 2022 06:51 AM IST
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US: Biden admin announces policy push on quantum tech

Tech innovation and cybersecurity constitute two pillars of the strategy. An official said that the Biden administration has “integrated cybersecurity and emerging technology into our national security strategy in a truly unprecedented way”.
US President Joe Biden speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on Wednesday. Biden will sign directives aimed at preparing the US for a new era of quantum computing. (Bloomberg)
US President Joe Biden speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on Wednesday. Biden will sign directives aimed at preparing the US for a new era of quantum computing. (Bloomberg)
Updated on May 05, 2022 06:53 AM IST
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China against US’ plan to boost domestic semiconductor manufacturing: Biden

The US president spoke of the importance of semiconductors and the need to boost its domestic manufacturing, a key policy priority for his administration.
President Joe Biden answers questions from reporters in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, in Washington on Wednesday. (AP)
President Joe Biden answers questions from reporters in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, in Washington on Wednesday. (AP)
Updated on May 04, 2022 10:41 PM IST
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Supreme Court draft leak rocks US

It’s unclear if the draft represents the court’s final word on the matter — opinions often change during the drafting process.
People protest for and against abortion rights outside of the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C., U.S. October 4, 2021. (REUTERS)
People protest for and against abortion rights outside of the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C., U.S. October 4, 2021. (REUTERS)
Published on May 04, 2022 04:40 AM IST
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India will take right call on reincarnation of Dalai Lama, says Tibetan leader 

Tsering said while there were “one or two” back-channels with Chinese, it was nothing concrete and he did not respond through these channels.
Head of the Central Tibetan Administration, Penpa Tsering, also said that China is “very very insecure” about the situation in Tibet. (AP)
Head of the Central Tibetan Administration, Penpa Tsering, also said that China is “very very insecure” about the situation in Tibet. (AP)
Published on May 04, 2022 12:00 AM IST
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Decoding the abortion tussle as Roe v Wade likely to be overturned

The US Supreme Court, in 1973, with a 7-2 verdict, declared abortion to be a fundamental right, and located it within the right to privacy.
A sign hangs on a fence outside the US Supreme Court as protesters react to the leak of a draft majority opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito preparing for a majority of the court to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion rights decision. (REUTERS)
A sign hangs on a fence outside the US Supreme Court as protesters react to the leak of a draft majority opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito preparing for a majority of the court to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion rights decision. (REUTERS)
Updated on May 04, 2022 11:36 AM IST
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India, Denmark ink green pact, take up Ukraine war

PM Modi, during his meeting with Danish counterpart Mette Frederiksen, hailed the “closeness and dynamism” of ties between the two countries.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi (right) and his Danish counterpart Mette Frederiksen applaud during their joint press conference at the prime minister's official residence Marienborg, in Kongens Lyngby, north of Copenhagen, Denmark, Tuesday, May 3, 2022. (Martin Sylvest/Ritzau Scanpix via AP)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi (right) and his Danish counterpart Mette Frederiksen applaud during their joint press conference at the prime minister's official residence Marienborg, in Kongens Lyngby, north of Copenhagen, Denmark, Tuesday, May 3, 2022. (Martin Sylvest/Ritzau Scanpix via AP)
Published on May 03, 2022 11:29 PM IST
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Supreme Court draft suggests Roe v Wade could be overturned: Report

President Joe Biden that US voters will have to defend the “fundamental” right to an abortion if the Supreme Court scraps constitutional guarantees allowing the procedure
Anti-abortion demonstrators protest outside the US Supreme Court after the leak of a draft majority opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito preparing for a majority of the court to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion rights decision later this year, in Washington, DC, US. (REUTERS)
Anti-abortion demonstrators protest outside the US Supreme Court after the leak of a draft majority opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito preparing for a majority of the court to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion rights decision later this year, in Washington, DC, US. (REUTERS)
Updated on May 03, 2022 09:11 PM IST
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Premium Conversations | On China, we told you so: Tibet leader Penpa Tsering

  • Tsering spoke to HT about the state of the Tibetan struggle, Chinese actions in Tibet, his expectations from the international community, and his engagements in the US.
Tsering has served as Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament in exile. (AP)
Tsering has served as Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament in exile. (AP)
Updated on May 03, 2022 10:19 PM IST
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Tremendous interest in US in Indian civil aviation ecosystem: Scindia

The Indian civil aviation industry has also bounced back from the Covid-19 pandemic-induced crisis, slowly but surely, with a lot of latent demand coming to the fore, civil aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia told HT.
Hyderabad, Mar 25 (ANI): Union Minister for Civil Aviation, Jyotiraditya M. Scindia addressing at the opening ceremony of Wings India 2022 summit, in Hyderabad on Friday. (ANI Photo) 
Hyderabad, Mar 25 (ANI): Union Minister for Civil Aviation, Jyotiraditya M. Scindia addressing at the opening ceremony of Wings India 2022 summit, in Hyderabad on Friday. (ANI Photo) 
Updated on May 02, 2022 05:25 AM IST
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India built ties with Russia out of necessity: US

In a testimony to the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, while outlining the State Department’s priorities and budget requirements, Blinken said that the India-US partnership has the potential to be one of the “most important and foundational partnerships” in the future.
Secretary of state Antony J Blinken. (AP)
Secretary of state Antony J Blinken. (AP)
Updated on Apr 29, 2022 06:00 AM IST
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Group of 60 nations back US push for an ‘open’ internet

The Declaration for the Future of the Internet was signed by 60 partners, according to officials in the US, which headed the effort, counting European Union nations, Australia, New Zealand and Japan as partners
Fahad Shah (right), editor-in-chief of Kashmir Walla, works on his computer inside the newsroom at his office in Srinagar. (AP/FILE)
Fahad Shah (right), editor-in-chief of Kashmir Walla, works on his computer inside the newsroom at his office in Srinagar. (AP/FILE)
Updated on Apr 29, 2022 12:09 PM IST
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ByBinayak Dasgupta and Prashant Jha

How the world sees India

  • As leaders come to Delhi, Indian diplomacy has reason to be pleased, but there still remains a need to look within
The balance of power is clear. Those who wield political, military and economic levers of power in western capitals want to leverage India’s strengths, rather than turn the spotlight on its perceived weaknesses. (ANI)
The balance of power is clear. Those who wield political, military and economic levers of power in western capitals want to leverage India’s strengths, rather than turn the spotlight on its perceived weaknesses. (ANI)
Published on Apr 26, 2022 07:15 PM IST
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FM Sitharaman calls for global crypto regulations

India strongly feels the need for an adept and nimble technology-based global regulatory regime in the domain, finance minister Nirmaa Sitharaman said while speaking at a panel on the future of money hosted by IMF in Washington DC.
 Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman with IMF chief, Kristalina Georgieva in Washington on Tuesday, April 19, 2022. (ANI Photo)
 Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman with IMF chief, Kristalina Georgieva in Washington on Tuesday, April 19, 2022. (ANI Photo)
Updated on Apr 20, 2022 07:23 AM IST
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By, Washington

Russia’s war to slow global growth, cause inflation: IMF

The Fund estimates India will grow at 8.2% in 2022, a 0.8 percentage point dip from its January assessment, when IMF had expected India’s growth rate for the year to be 9%
IMF police officers stand outside of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) building, during the first day of the World Bank/IMF Spring meetings in Washington, on Tuesday. (AP)
IMF police officers stand outside of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) building, during the first day of the World Bank/IMF Spring meetings in Washington, on Tuesday. (AP)
Published on Apr 19, 2022 09:39 PM IST
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US officials heading to Solomons over China pact worries

China said Tuesday it has sealed a wide-ranging security pact with the Solomon Islands, an agreement the US and its regional allies fear could give Beijing a military foothold in the South Pacific
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (left) and Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare review an honour guard during a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Wednesday. (AP/ FILE)
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (left) and Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare review an honour guard during a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Wednesday. (AP/ FILE)
Published on Apr 19, 2022 09:27 PM IST
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