‘The Worst Kind of Fascists’: Trump Visits Modi’s India and Announces $3 Billion Arms Deal

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U.S. President Donald Trump got a warm welcome from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to kick off a whirlwind 36-hour tour of the world’s largest democracy and announced the two countries were finalizing a $3 billion arms deal.

“I believe the United States should be India’s premier defense partner,” said Trump, “and that’s the way it’s working out.”

The president made the remarks during an event at Sardar Patel Stadium in Gujarat state’s Ahmedabad city. Trump spoke to a roaring crowd of Modi loyalists estimated at around 100,000, telling the attendees that the military partnership between the U.S. and India was strong and that his administration “looks forward to providing India with some of the best and most feared military equipment on the planet.”

“We make the greatest weapons ever made,” said Trump. “Airplanes. Missiles. Rockets. Ships. We make the best and we’re dealing now with India. But this includes advanced air-defense systems and armed and unarmed aerial vehicles.”

As Reuters reported:

Trump said the two countries will sign deals on Tuesday to sell military helicopters worth $3 billion and that the United States must become the premier defence partner of India, which relied on Russian equipment during the Cold War. Reuters reported earlier that India has cleared the purchase of 24 helicopters from Lockheed Martin worth $2.6 billion.

Trump invoked Mahatma Gandhi and cited India’s diverse society. But, journalist Rana Ayyub pointed out, that rhetoric rang false at an event organized by Modi, whose government has fueled majoritarian hate agains minorities in the country for political gain.

“The Trump speech is a sham,” said Ayyub. “Invoking Gandhi and Vivakananda when the majoritarian regime of Narendra Modi wants to divide, polarize, and dehumanize minorities.”

Critics noted the ties between Modi and Trump’s ideologies were deep, particularly in how the two leaders treat Muslims. Modi, as Common Dreams reported, was denied a visa into the U.S. until his 2014 election due to what critics claim was his implicit backing of riots in Gujarat that killed nearly 800 Muslims in 2002.

“Not surprising that the virulently Islamophobic Modi and BJP gave Trump a warm welcome,” tweeted Massachusetts Democratic activist Jonathan Cohn.

In a statement, Amnesty International USA executive director Margaret Huang decried the two countries’ leaders’ shared bigotry.

“Anti-Muslim sentiment permeates the policies of both U.S. and Indian leaders,” said Huang. “For decades, the U.S.-India relationship was anchored by claims of shared values of human rights and human dignity. Now, those shared values are discrimination, bigotry, and hostility towards refugees and asylum seekers.”

On Sunday, human rights lawyer Arjun Sethi noted the similarities between Modi and Trump, calling the pair the “worst kind of fascists.”

“Both Modi and Trump have criminalized minority communities, championed fake news and persecuted dissent, promoted supremacist ideologies, and played on the racism and anxiety of dominant communities,” said Sethi.

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3 Comments on "‘The Worst Kind of Fascists’: Trump Visits Modi’s India and Announces $3 Billion Arms Deal"

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Sick of the Con
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Sick of the Con

Can soneone explain to me why Trump would be the salesperson for private companies like Lockheed Martin pr Boeing? Is he selling iphones or Harley Davidsons to other countries for America too? I thought that he was selling USED military weapons so that we could upgrade our military arsenal. What benefit do we as taxpayers get out of the president selling Boeing and Lockheed Martin planes and weapons to other countries?

Rutokin
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Grumplstiltskin thinks that a sale of anything is a great thing for his single brain cell. He has no clue as to what he’s doing. Everyone there were just nodding their heads and laughing at his destruction of the Indian names he couldn’t pronounce. What a fcking boob. Lord help us all

Dick Panico
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Dick Panico
And India , can’t feed about one half of its people and most have to bath in the Ganges River ( one of the most polluted rivers in the world) . Over half don’t have baths nor commode’s in their homes. Largest democracy in the world , and the poorest? And Trumps asking them for help ? Trump says they are buying 3 billion in arms , designed for war . That’s the last thing they need ! They need bath rooms and septic facilities. And , maybe toilet paper and Depends ? But more arms, they don’t need .… Read more »