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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

Deeper implications of Pakistan election verdict

Pakistan's emerging election results have deepened the political crisis, with implications for civil-military relations, democracy, and the economy.

Party banners of election candidates from political parties are displayed on a street in Lahore. (AP)
Updated on Feb 10, 2024 05:13 AM IST
By, Washington

Investigate election fraud, will work with next government: US on Pakistan elections

The US has expressed concern about the electoral process in Pakistan while stating categorically that it will work with the next Pakistani government, “regardless of political party” to advance shared bilateral interests.

People watch latest election results live on a television at a shop, a day after Pakistan's national elections in Lahore on February 9, 2024. (AFP)
Updated on Feb 10, 2024 05:04 AM IST
By, Washington

US Senators agrees on bipartisan $118 billion immigration, Ukraine and Israel package deal

Both Trump’s faction on the Right and progressives on the Left oppose it; passage uncertain despite President Joe Biden’s support

US Border Patrol agents speak with migrants seeking asylum, mainly from Colombia, China and Ecuador, in a makeshift, mountainous campsite after crossing the border between Mexico and the United States, on Friday. (AP)
Published on Feb 05, 2024 10:45 PM IST

US senator links drone deal nod to Pannun probe

Cardin took over the committee after the last chair, Bob Menendez, a Senator from New Jersey, was charged with corruption allegations

In November, the US Department of Justice unsealed an indictment against a Nikhil Gupta, who, it was alleged, was deployed by a serving government of India official to assassinate Gurpatwant Singh Pannun (AP)
Updated on Feb 04, 2024 09:16 AM IST
By, Washington

‘Trump and Modi have profound mutual respect’: Advisor to ex-US President

Kash Patel an Indian-American whose parents trace their roots to Gujarat and migrated to the US from East Africa during Idi Amin’s rule in Uganda

interview PM Modi and Donald Trump
Updated on Feb 03, 2024 05:35 AM IST

US State Dept clears sale of 31 MQ-9B drones to India

The US State Department has formally notified Congress of a possible sale of 31 MQ-9B drones to India, with an estimated cost of $3.99bn.

While the Indian Navy will get 15 out of the 31 drones, the Indian Army and the Indian Air Force will get eight each of high altitude long endurance drones from the US. (PTI)
Updated on Feb 02, 2024 07:47 AM IST
By, , New Delhi/washington

Game on: The Biden camp’s comeback plan

As the choice becomes starker and economic sentiment improves, Biden’s team believes that the momentum will shift to the President

Former US president Donald Trump (left) and US President Joe Biden (AFP)
Published on Jan 30, 2024 09:00 PM IST

Trump wins New Hampshire, close to locking in Republican nomination

Nikki Haley promises to fight on, but has no pathway for a win

Donald Trump takes the stage with former Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy during his New Hampshire presidential primary election night watch party in Nashua New Hampshire. (REUTERS)
Updated on Jan 24, 2024 10:01 PM IST

DeSantis bows out, endorses Trump

Florida governor Ron DeSantis drops out of the race for the Republican nomination for US President, endorsing Donald Trump. It's now a direct contest between Trump and Nikki Haley ahead of the New Hampshire primary. DeSantis's campaign struggled due to poor management and messaging, while Trump's base remains strong. Haley hopes to consolidate the anti-Trump vote but polls suggest Trump is ahead. A decisive Trump win in New Hampshire will likely secure him the nomination. He will face President Joe Biden in the general election.

DeSantis said that while he had disagreements with the former president, Donald Trump was ‘superior’ to President Joe Biden. (AP)
Updated on Jan 23, 2024 06:14 AM IST
By, Washington

DeSantis drops out of US prez race, endorses Trump who retires ‘DeSanctimonious’

DeSantis faltered with a poorly managed campaign, ultra-conservative messaging, limited public speaking skills and a generally less than charismatic demeanour

Florida Governor and 2024 Republican presidential hopeful Ron DeSantis has dropped out of the US presidential campaign and endorsed former US president Donald Trump, (AFP)
Published on Jan 22, 2024 03:53 PM IST

Trump sweeps Iowa caucus to stamp election credentials

Former US President Donald J Trump emerged as the clear front-runner in the Republican Party's first primary caucus in Iowa, setting the stage for a likely rematch with President Joe Biden in the 2024 elections. Trump won with 51% of the votes, establishing his dominance over the party and solidifying his position as a top contender for the Republican nomination. Florida governor Ron DeSantis came in second, narrowly beating Indian-origin Nikki Haley. Trump's victory raises the possibility of an unprecedented situation where a candidate facing criminal indictments and barred from the ballot becomes President again.

Former US President and Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump speaks at a watch party during the 2024 Iowa Republican presidential caucuses in Des Moines, Iowa. (AFP)
Updated on Jan 17, 2024 05:36 AM IST

The contrasting fate of GOP’s two Indian-American presidential candidates

Nikki Haley remains in the race as the non-Trump candidate and banks on his failure; Ramaswamy’s rides on Donald Trump bandwagon

Republican presidential candidate and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley looks on as fellow candidate businessman Vivek Ramaswamy passes by, during a break at the fourth Republican candidates' U.S. presidential debate of the 2024 U.S. presidential campaign at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, U.S. December 6, 2023. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (REUTERS)
Updated on Jan 17, 2024 09:21 AM IST
By, Washington

Build expertise on America in India

The depth of Delhi-DC ties demands greater scholarship of history, actors, motivations, and society. Both government and academia need to invest more

A lot is happening on the India-US front. (Shutterstock)
Published on Jan 16, 2024 09:42 PM IST

Trump sweeps Iowa caucus, sets himself up to be Republican nominee for President

Donald J Trump wins 51% of the vote in the Republican Party's first primary caucus in Iowa, establishing himself as frontrunner for 2024 presidential nomination

Republican presidential candidate and former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during his caucus night watch party in Des Moines, Iowa, U.S., January 15. (Reuters)
Updated on Jan 16, 2024 01:00 PM IST

100 days of a war that may alter course of West Asia geopolitics

In just 100 days, a terrorist attack on Israel, followed by a devastating Israeli response, has led to political, humanitarian, and diplomatic consequences.

Israel-Hamas war: A view of the rubble of buildings hit by an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City.(AP)
Updated on Jan 15, 2024 05:36 AM IST
By, Washington

Tesla's plans for India: May set up factory, make new car for developing nations

Tesla is reportedly in advanced talks to enter the Indian market and may invest nearly $30 billion over the next five years.

Tesla and SpaceX's CEO Elon Musk(via REUTERS)
Updated on Jan 13, 2024 06:04 AM IST
By, Washington

US, UK militaries strike Houthi targets in Yemen

The US and UK launched strikes on Houthi military capabilities in Yemen in response to attacks against shipping in the Red Sea corridor

UK, US strike Yemen
Updated on Jan 13, 2024 11:11 AM IST
By, Washington

US envoy Taranjit Singh Sandhu set to wrap up stint at month-end

India’s ambassador to the US, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, will wrap up his term in office in Washington DC at the end of January and retire from government service after a 35-year long career that was marked by four postings in America, people familiar with the development said.

US envoy Taranjit Singh Sandhu set to wrap up stint at month-end
Updated on Jan 12, 2024 12:22 AM IST
By, Washington

A day in the public life and politics of a fractured America

Wednesday began with Hunter Biden’s surprise appearance in the US Congress in Washington DC. He faces a federal indictment for tax crimes related to foreign business dealings

In the US Capitol, House Speaker Mike Johnson faced a revolt from the far-Right of his party that could lead to a shutdown of the US federal government (Bloomberg)
Updated on Jan 11, 2024 01:52 PM IST

India calls for de-escalation of Israel-Hamas conflict

India pointed out that it had provided 70 tonnes of humanitarian aid including 16.5 tonnes of medicine and medical supplies in two tranches to Palestine

Permanent Representative of India to the UN, Ruchira Kamboj said that India had taken note of the UN Security Resolution aimed to scale up humanitarian assistance to Gaza (ANI)
Updated on Jan 11, 2024 04:19 AM IST

The Modi-Doval-Jaishankar playbook for the neighbourhood

The new handbook involves shaping democratic verdicts when possible, including by turning a blind eye to democratic deficits if core interests are at stake

Recent events in Bangladesh, Nepal, and Maldives, in different ways, represent an unstated strategy in action. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jan 09, 2024 02:48 PM IST

Bangladesh elections not free or fair but will partner with country: US

State Department on Monday offered the first official American response after polls in Bangladesh over the weekend saw Awami League return to power for the fourth consecutive time

Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. (AFP)
Published on Jan 09, 2024 10:01 AM IST

Biden slams Trump as ‘sick, loser’ echoing Nazi Germany as campaign turns virulent

Biden termed Trump’s attempts “to overturn a free and fair election by force and violence” following his defeat, “among the worst derelictions of duty by a president in American history”

US President Joe Biden delivers a speech to mark the third anniversary of the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol at a campaign event at Montgomery County Community College, in Blue Bell, near Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, on Friday . (REUTERS)
Updated on Jan 09, 2024 06:56 AM IST
By, Washington

There is a Trump hawa in America

The former US president may or may not be allowed to contest. He may or may not win. But there is an unmistakable surge in support for Donald Trump

Former President Donald Trump (AP)
Published on Jan 02, 2024 09:54 PM IST

The year ahead in politics: It’s Centre forward in India

The country is at a turning point. If Modi wins a third term, he will match Nehru’s record of electoral victories, amid a Congress fade.

One glance at a map and it is clear that unless the Congress can erode the BJP’s tally in HP, Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat, MP, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Assam, Jharkhand, Uttarakhand and Karnataka, the Modi juggernaut will roll on. (HT Imaging: Malay Karmakar)
Updated on Jan 01, 2024 06:43 AM IST

When India showed its diplomatic mettle

India delivered a common global vision at a time of deep fractures, continued to navigate and leverage great power competition; but it also faced serious global challenges

Pushing the agenda of digital public infrastructure and financial inclusion in the G20 was a way to showcase India’s finest innovation of the century on the global stage. (PTI)
Updated on Dec 31, 2023 07:07 PM IST

Rift split wide open

2023 saw the intensification of old trends: explosion of old conflicts, multilateralism in crisis, growing gulf between the global north and south, along with an American polity under strain

Old conflicts that were thought to be resolved, managed or buried are back in a violent way, extracting a huge human toll. (AFP)
Updated on Dec 31, 2023 04:55 PM IST

In a crisis, Delhi and DC display maturity

Since the Pannun controversy, both governments have sought to preserve ties through a mix of signals and actions. Crisis management shows commitment

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with US President Joe Biden, in New Delhi (PTI)
Published on Dec 19, 2023 09:15 PM IST

Probe Pannun plot or ties may be hit: US ‘Samosa Caucus’ to India

The five Congressional leaders welcomed India’s announcement of a committee of enquiry to investigate the murder plot

Gurpatwant Singh Pannun is an American-Canadian dual citizen who India has designated as a terrorist (AP)
Updated on Dec 16, 2023 07:09 AM IST

Biden won’t come in Jan, remains fully committed to India partnership: Sullivan

NSA Jake Sullivan said President Biden shares a “close personal bond” with PM Modi, and he looks forward to engaging with the PM “in the weeks and months ahead”

NSA Jake Sullivan’s comments are the first by any American official about the rescheduling of the visit(AP)
Updated on Dec 14, 2023 10:37 PM IST
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