How will India and US reconcile the contradiction between 'Make in India' and 'USA first' policies of Modi and Trump?
The US president has embarked on a journey where he is reluctant to look beyond the interests of his country and countrymen: The biggest example being his decision to leave the Paris Agreement. Trump has been exhorting CEOs to invest in the US and generate employment for Americans.
Modi, meanwhile, has been inviting global investors to Make in India, an appeal that is the antithesis of Trump's focus on retaining investment at home.
Trump is not known to be driven by strategic concerns or market logic. He is also a bit myopic when taking decisions, preferring short-term gains over the long-term benefits. It would be a challenge for Modi to sell his Make in India dream to the US while Trump tries his best to keep investors from eyeing foreign shores.