India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

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Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

Postby Sumeet » 11 Mar 2020 22:05

Mort Walker wrote:
schinnas wrote:Of all Democratic candidates, outside of Tulsi Gabbard, Joe Biden is the best bet for India. He has not joined other democratic candidates in spewing venom on India and was generally more positive towards India than Obama. Having been in govt, he knows the geo strategic game and why US needs India for its Indo Pacific strategy.


He is mentally incoherent. His time has passed.



Any chance Gabbard can be part of Biden's administration in some capacity if he gets elected ?

@mort if that is so how is he able to win primaries ?

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Postby Rudradev » 11 Mar 2020 22:43

Sumeet wrote:
We must not put our fruits in one basket (Trump) only even though he will be a good friend of India and most likely to return to power. Efforts must be made to get hold of Biden and his inner circle mates.


Exactly what I have been saying. Up until 2 months ago, with the chaos of ten-plus Dem candidates tearing holes into each other at debates, I would have said Trump will win easily in November. And that would have been the best thing from the Indian foreign policy POV, for continuity's sake if nothing else.

But that probability has declined considerably with the Dem field narrowing down to Biden (who seems to be winning one state primary after another with big margins and turnout). Also with the unknowable effects of COVID.

So regardless of what we may want to see, we have to be asking: What is our Plan B?

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Postby Cain Marko » 11 Mar 2020 22:46

Mort Walker wrote:
schinnas wrote:Of all Democratic candidates, outside of Tulsi Gabbard, Joe Biden is the best bet for India. He has not joined other democratic candidates in spewing venom on India and was generally more positive towards India than Obama. Having been in govt, he knows the geo strategic game and why US needs India for its Indo Pacific strategy.


He is mentally incoherent. His time has passed.

That is true but the point is how will he be visavis India. I feel Biden is establishment enough to not criticize India so far. Otoh the Bernie goons have been leading their man to say all kinda crap against India. Note also where the preachy, neo lib, naxal types fall. Almost all of them have endorsed Bernie. From rotten Khanna and PJ to ilhan Umar, all have supported Bernie and all have been nasty about India.

I actually was a pretty good Bernie supporter but after this, I'll take sleepy Joe.

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Postby Cain Marko » 11 Mar 2020 22:52

I have a feeling that Tulsi is gonna go rogue and run independent. She'll have a lot of support from many Independents, progressives and conservatives, not to mention libertarians. Only thing will be how much the mainstream media blackballs her....

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Postby KLNMurthy » 12 Mar 2020 00:30

Cain Marko wrote:I have a feeling that Tulsi is gonna go rogue and run independent. She'll have a lot of support from many Independents, progressives and conservatives, not to mention libertarians. Only thing will be how much the mainstream media blackballs her....

If there is one thing that sets Tulsi apart, it is that she is a rare and old-fashioned creature—a woman of honor, and true to her word.

She gave her word that she wouldn’t run as independent (at least not in this election), and I would expect her to remain bound by it.

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Postby Mort Walker » 12 Mar 2020 00:55

Cain Marko wrote:
Mort Walker wrote:
He is mentally incoherent. His time has passed.

That is true but the point is how will he be visavis India. I feel Biden is establishment enough to not criticize India so far. Otoh the Bernie goons have been leading their man to say all kinda crap against India. Note also where the preachy, neo lib, naxal types fall. Almost all of them have endorsed Bernie. From rotten Khanna and PJ to ilhan Umar, all have supported Bernie and all have been nasty about India.

I actually was a pretty good Bernie supporter but after this, I'll take sleepy Joe.


Sleepy Joe is the remote control candidate for the party. He will be under pressure to put a "progressive" like Pocahontas as VP. All of these are instant non starters.

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Postby Mort Walker » 12 Mar 2020 00:55

KLNMurthy wrote:
Cain Marko wrote:I have a feeling that Tulsi is gonna go rogue and run independent. She'll have a lot of support from many Independents, progressives and conservatives, not to mention libertarians. Only thing will be how much the mainstream media blackballs her....

If there is one thing that sets Tulsi apart, it is that she is a rare and old-fashioned creature—a woman of honor, and true to her word.

She gave her word that she wouldn’t run as independent (at least not in this election), and I would expect her to remain bound by it.


Correct.

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Postby Mort Walker » 12 Mar 2020 01:12

Sumeet wrote:
Mort Walker wrote:
He is mentally incoherent. His time has passed.



Any chance Gabbard can be part of Biden's administration in some capacity if he gets elected ?

@mort if that is so how is he able to win primaries ?


Gabbard has fallen out with the urban naxals as she exposed them. She's on her own and will most likely become a consultant.

Biden has won because the party machinery is working for him. He's unable to put two sentences together and often forgets where he is. Trump will campaign and rally aggressively and debates in the fall will be interesting. Trump should challenge Biden to wrestling or boxing match. Fat Don will knock Biden out cold.

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Postby Vips » 12 Mar 2020 02:45

Who would Biden pick as the VP candidate? All the hopefuls who dropped off pledging support to him would be fancying their chances. Would be interesting to see if he picks up a female to be the running mate.

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Postby nachiket » 12 Mar 2020 02:49

Leaving the relative chances of Trump/Dem victory aside, if there is gong to be a Dem in the WH next year, I'd much rather it be Biden than Bernie (from an India-US relations perspective). Bernie has some truly despicable people supporting him not the least of whom are AOC's Leftist-Islamist goon squad (Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib etc.) along with the rabid Islamist Linda Sarsour. We also have gungadins like Pramila Jayapal, Ro Khanna etc. supporting him. On top of that Bernie himself is basically a Marxist.

Good thing is most of these people absolutely hate Biden. AOC was actually wondering why she is in the same party as him. So if Biden comes to power, most of these nutcases will probably remain away from the Cabinet and Administration jobs (one can hope). So the worst we might see happen is US-India relations going back to what they were during Obama period which for all practical purposes is not that different from now.

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Postby Cain Marko » 12 Mar 2020 06:13

nachiket wrote:Leaving the relative chances of Trump/Dem victory aside, if there is gong to be a Dem in the WH next year, I'd much rather it be Biden than Bernie (from an India-US relations perspective). Bernie has some truly despicable people supporting him not the least of whom are AOC's Leftist-Islamist goon squad (Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib etc.) along with the rabid Islamist Linda Sarsour. We also have gungadins like Pramila Jayapal, Ro Khanna etc. supporting him. On top of that Bernie himself is basically a Marxist.

Good thing is most of these people absolutely hate Biden. AOC was actually wondering why she is in the same party as him. So if Biden comes to power, most of these nutcases will probably remain away from the Cabinet and Administration jobs (one can hope). So the worst we might see happen is US-India relations going back to what they were during Obama period which for all practical purposes is not that different from now.

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Postby Cain Marko » 12 Mar 2020 06:15

Mort Walker wrote:
KLNMurthy wrote:If there is one thing that sets Tulsi apart, it is that she is a rare and old-fashioned creature—a woman of honor, and true to her word.

She gave her word that she wouldn’t run as independent (at least not in this election), and I would expect her to remain bound by it.


Correct.

Could be right although I won't hold it against her if she is not so "true to her word" - as though that means anything under such changing circumstances where she has been absolutely blackballed by her party. She has every right to quit the party and do her own thing - nothing to do with old fashioned values or whatever.

In any case, what is the point of continuing to hang in the race otherwise? My guess is that she will push back when the time is right.

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Postby Kati » 12 Mar 2020 06:19

Bernie spooked the Wall Street with his socialistic ideas (though good, they have rattled the top honchos).
Biden will be the robot for the DNC, and when it comes to Bharat, that same old equal-equal will start.
Let's hope that Covid goes away by the end of summer, so that Drumph comes back to steamroll Biden.

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Postby Cain Marko » 12 Mar 2020 06:22

Kati wrote:Let's hope that Covid goes away by the end of summer, so that Drumph comes back to steamroll Biden.

Even if it goes away in the summer, chances are it will be right back in the Fall when temperatures go down.

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Postby Mort Walker » 12 Mar 2020 08:31

Cain Marko wrote:
Kati wrote:Let's hope that Covid goes away by the end of summer, so that Drumph comes back to steamroll Biden.

Even if it goes away in the summer, chances are it will be right back in the Fall when temperatures go down.


There will be more testing by then and the spread will be limited. Also, many people may vote by absentee ballot or by early voting.

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Postby Cain Marko » 12 Mar 2020 08:46

Mort Walker wrote:
Cain Marko wrote:Even if it goes away in the summer, chances are it will be right back in the Fall when temperatures go down.


There will be more testing by then and the spread will be limited. Also, many people may vote by absentee ballot or by early voting.

How do you know the spread will be limited when most of the time people carrying it hardly show any symptoms and it is a lot more infectious in the early stages of the infection? Iows, carriers might not even get themselves tested!

How does testing in itself prevent the spread? Especially if the virus tends to be less active in warmer temps? China has supposedly contained the beast by taking nothing short of draconian measures and it is still sprouting up in places!

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Postby vijayk » 12 Mar 2020 08:46

Cain Marko wrote:
Mort Walker wrote:
Correct.

Could be right although I won't hold it against her if she is not so "true to her word" - as though that means anything under such changing circumstances where she has been absolutely blackballed by her party. She has every right to quit the party and do her own thing - nothing to do with old fashioned values or whatever.

In any case, what is the point of continuing to hang in the race otherwise? My guess is that she will push back when the time is right.


Between Trump and Biden (who may be having serious problems with his memory), she can stand out as young and best choice if she runs third party.

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Postby Suraj » 12 Mar 2020 08:52

Biden reflects the old centrist Dems . If he makes candidature the younger ‘progressive’ left wing fascists will want one of theirs on the ticket, like the evangelicals have their man Pence for Trump . How moderate Biden can be is a function of how much control the centrist Dems have over their party vs the ‘Ok boomer’ young ones not interested in compromise.

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Postby Arun.prabhu » 12 Mar 2020 09:39

No chance in hell and when hell freezes over pretty much summarizes her chances. She is not part of the pro-China, pro-war, pro-big business, corrupt wing of the party for all that she is a liberal. Look how she has been sidelined for the last couple of months ever since she took out Kamala Harris in one minute and made a similar go at either Elizabeth Warren or Pete "The Openly Gay Obama" Buttigieg, I forget which. The dems are as corrupt as congress and the dravidian parties and as against anyone who even remotely smells clean as our India's various purveyors of corruption.

Sumeet wrote:
Mort Walker wrote:
He is mentally incoherent. His time has passed.



Any chance Gabbard can be part of Biden's administration in some capacity if he gets elected ?

@mort if that is so how is he able to win primaries ?

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Postby Cain Marko » 12 Mar 2020 10:16

Arun.prabhu wrote:No chance in hell and when hell freezes over pretty much summarizes her chances. She is not part of the pro-China, pro-war, pro-big business, corrupt wing of the party for all that she is a liberal. Look how she has been sidelined for the last couple of months ever since she took out Kamala Harris in one minute and made a similar go at either Elizabeth Warren or Pete "The Openly Gay Obama" Buttigieg, I forget which. The dems are as corrupt as congress and the dravidian parties and as against anyone who even remotely smells clean as our India's various purveyors of corruption.]

Yes that's what it looks like. Tulsi has started her own podcast in the meanwhile.

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Postby Mort Walker » 12 Mar 2020 10:20

Cain Marko wrote:
Mort Walker wrote:
There will be more testing by then and the spread will be limited. Also, many people may vote by absentee ballot or by early voting.

How do you know the spread will be limited when most of the time people carrying it hardly show any symptoms and it is a lot more infectious in the early stages of the infection? Iows, carriers might not even get themselves tested!

How does testing in itself prevent the spread? Especially if the virus tends to be less active in warmer temps? China has supposedly contained the beast by taking nothing short of draconian measures and it is still sprouting up in places!


People will be more vigilant, what you'll find is that flu cases will decline as well. There is a likelihood of vaccine by that time.

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Postby Mort Walker » 12 Mar 2020 10:23

Suraj wrote:Biden reflects the old centrist Dems . If he makes candidature the younger ‘progressive’ left wing fascists will want one of theirs on the ticket, like the evangelicals have their man Pence for Trump . How moderate Biden can be is a function of how much control the centrist Dems have over their party vs the ‘Ok boomer’ young ones not interested in compromise.


Pocahontas as VP will pacify the anarchists/Islamists elements of the party.

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Postby Arun.prabhu » 12 Mar 2020 10:38

The Bernie wing will not vote for Sloe Joe-Pocahontas ticket. The moderate democrats - and isn't that a laugh, calling pro-war, pro-globalist, anti-union, pro-baby killing, pro-perverts of all sizes and kinds moderate - will not vote for Bernie. If the Dems had a good argument against Trump, they would use it. Since they don't, they tried the Mueller con, the Trump lawyer con, the stripper and her sleazy lawyer con, the whistleblower and impeachment con, the Russian election interference con part deux and now, the corona virus was mishandled con. NVM that the dems and their mainstream cucks called banning travel from china bad, refuse to close borders, parroted Chinese propaganda about the Chinese virus being nothing as compared to the flu and on and on. It says something about the party that they. have to field a demented old man who challenges men forty years younger to fist fights, was up to his neck in whatever corruption Obama was running in Ukraine and has a son who is into incest when he isn't snorting, injecting or just plain whoring.

Mort Walker wrote:
Suraj wrote:Biden reflects the old centrist Dems . If he makes candidature the younger ‘progressive’ left wing fascists will want one of theirs on the ticket, like the evangelicals have their man Pence for Trump . How moderate Biden can be is a function of how much control the centrist Dems have over their party vs the ‘Ok boomer’ young ones not interested in compromise.


Pocahontas as VP will pacify the anarchists/Islamists elements of the party.

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Postby Manish_Sharma » 12 Mar 2020 13:42

The hidden hand that moves chessboard has decided to put right wing govts everywhere be it France Britain USA et al. Just like Boris Johnson won British elections, so will Trump.

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Postby NRao » 12 Mar 2020 14:58

Mort Walker wrote:
Suraj wrote:Biden reflects the old centrist Dems . If he makes candidature the younger ‘progressive’ left wing fascists will want one of theirs on the ticket, like the evangelicals have their man Pence for Trump . How moderate Biden can be is a function of how much control the centrist Dems have over their party vs the ‘Ok boomer’ young ones not interested in compromise.


Pocahontas as VP will pacify the anarchists/Islamists elements of the party.


"The establishment", imho, will not accept a non-centerist candidate.

One has to account for Joe joking his way to heaven and his VP ruling for a year or two and getting the keys to the back door.

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Postby Vips » 09 Apr 2020 04:20

Bernie Sanders throws in the towel.

Senator Bernie Sanders on Wednesday suspended his US presidential campaign in a conference call with staff, media reports said.

Bernie Sanders, a democratic socialist whose progressive agenda pushed the Democratic Party sharply to the left, ended his White House campaign, clearing the way for a November 3 election battle between former Vice President Joe Biden and Republican President Donald Trump.

Sanders, a former front-runner who promised to lead a grassroots political revolution into the White House, acknowledged he no longer had a path to the nomination after a string of nominating contest losses to Biden but promised to work with the former vice president to oust Trump.

He said he would stay on the ballot in future primaries and continue to gather delegates in order to push the Democratic platform toward his populist anti-corporate agenda, including a government-run healthcare system and tax hikes for the rich.

"Then together, standing united, we will go forward to defeat Donald Trump, the most dangerous president in modern American history," he said in a livestreamed speech to supporters from his hometown of Burlington, Vermont.

The 78-year-old US senator parlayed his massive campaign rallies, anti-establishment message and fervent support from young and new voters into early success in the Democratic race before losing in South Carolina in late February, leading moderate Democrats to unite behind Biden.

Sanders suffered a string of decisive losses through March as Democrats searched for the candidate with the best chance of beating Trump, putting the senator under growing pressure from Democrats to end his campaign and help the party unite.The departure of Sanders, Biden's last remaining rival, sets up a long battle for the White House between the 77-year-old Biden and Trump, 73, who is seeking a second four-year term in office.Biden praised Sanders after his departure and promised his ideas would be incorporated into his White House run. He reached out to Sanders' supporters.

"I see you, I hear you, and I understand the urgency of what it is we have to get done in this country," Biden said. "I hope you will join us. You are more than welcome. You're needed."

Sanders' decision comes as the country grapples with a coronavirus outbreak that upended the nominating schedule, taking him off the campaign trail and leaving Sanders little opportunity to get his message across.Some allies encouraged Sanders to stay in the race to further influence Biden's policy positions. But Sanders made little headway on his vow that his ambitious social programs such as raising taxes on corporations and the wealthy would expand the electorate.Instead, Biden was the one who won support from a growing coalition of women and men, white and black voters, those with or without college degrees, and self-described liberals and moderates.

Democrats said Sanders' decision to pull out now would give the party time to come together before the August nominating convention. Some Democrats blame Sanders for staying in his 2016 race against Hillary Clinton too long, hurting her general election bid against Trump.

"Bernie is doing this relatively early. I think that allows more time for healing," said Democratic operative Joel Payne, who worked for Clinton's campaign in 2016.Trump, who has courted Sanders supporters and said the senator was treated unfairly by the Democratic Party, reacted quickly on Twitter.

"This ended just like the Democrats & the DNC wanted, same as the Crooked Hillary fiasco. The Bernie people should come to the Republican Party, TRADE!," Trump wrote.

"With Bernie Sanders suspending his campaign, it's all but official that the Democrat establishment got the candidate they wanted in Joe Biden," Brad Parscale, Trump's campaign manager, said in a statement.

Many of Sanders' policy positions have become part of the mainstream Democratic Party debate, including his Medicare for All proposal that would create a government-run healthcare system to replace the current blend of private medical insurance and public programs. He also advocated a $15 minimum wage, tuition-free public colleges and higher taxes on the wealthy.

"Our movement has won the ideological struggle in so-called red states, blue states, and purple states," Sanders said in his livestream address.

After a long and bitter campaign against Clinton in 2016 that made him a well-known political commodity, Sanders entered the race with clear advantages, including an unmatched ability to raise large sums of money from small-dollar donors and a passionate base of supporters - including the so-called Bernie Bros - drawn to his anti-establishment message. After he was hospitalized with chest pains in October, his campaign faced questions over why it did not immediately disclose he had had a heart attack. The campaign also did not release his full medical records despite pledging to do so.


It is good that Joe Biden is the final Democratic contender. If Trump now loses due to the Covid-19 mess, Indian interest would not be so heavily damaged in his presidency. On the other hand paki lover Bernie would have been a disaster for India. He is a commie lunatic and a nutcase. I only hope Joe Biden does not choose him as his Vice Presidential running mate.

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Postby vera_k » 11 Apr 2020 00:23

^
Bernie Campaigns On

Yet Mr. Sanders said he nonetheless would (and could in good conscience?) “stay on the ballot in all remaining states and continue to gather delegates,” so as to exert “significant influence” over the party.

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Postby Mollick.R » 13 Apr 2020 18:50

From Twitter,

I m a Hindu.. proud to be and u?


Nice video. Love for Tulsi Gabbard

https://twitter.com/vernaculartube/status/1248701495098388480

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Postby vsunder » 13 Apr 2020 19:33

^^^ Interesting video. My vinyasa flow yoga teacher whose class I attend Wednesdays 7.30-8.45(now using ZOOM) is featured in the video. She is African-American and a very devout Vaishnava, keeping Ekadashi fasts etc. I did not know about the video and will tell her and send her the link. Thanks for posting.

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Postby Philip » 13 Apr 2020 19:46

This crisis has exposed the shortcomings of corporate America, the giant with diabetic,gangrenous feet.

Imagine the US ,the world's richest nation, begging through a threat CV medicine from the land of snake- charmers,fakirs,elephants and tigers.Where the natives wear loincloths, eat leaves ,live in thatched hits, and use bullock carts still in the 21st. century! At least that's what the majority of the white race think we are.

Sanders on his own will derail puppet Biden and the DNC,a Clinton surrogate,with the Clintons too indebted to China.

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Postby schinnas » 13 Apr 2020 19:56

This election is Biden's to lose given the way Trump continues to mess up Coronavirus issues. India shoupd build bridges with Biden. Of all the dem candidates, he knows about Paki shenangians and does not have Pakus in his campaign team. He was a good friend of India and we'll aware of Hindus unlike Obama. I recall him attending an Art of Living function in DC.

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Postby Mort Walker » 14 Apr 2020 02:53

schinnas wrote:This election is Biden's to lose given the way Trump continues to mess up Coronavirus issues. India shoupd build bridges with Biden. Of all the dem candidates, he knows about Paki shenangians and does not have Pakus in his campaign team. He was a good friend of India and we'll aware of Hindus unlike Obama. I recall him attending an Art of Living function in DC.


The bulk of deaths are from Blue States and Blue counties which weren't going to vote for Trump anyway. Better to reopen the US business so everyone can get back to work. High unemployment is going hurt Trump more than anything else.

Biden is of little use. He suffers from early onset dementia. Biden is the UNP's Manchurian candidate.

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Postby la.khan » 14 Apr 2020 11:10

Does this belong here? Or in the covid19 thread? Or both?

As 444 from Australia fly home, US nationals prefer to stay

NEW DELHI: As Australia repatriated 444 of its nationals on a special flight from New Delhi to Melbourne over the weekend, many others, particularly from the US, are opting to remain here, as US becomes the country worst hit by Covid-19.

In a briefing with journalists in Washington DC earlier this week, US state department official Ian Brownlee said, “We had multiple thousands when we put in India the call out for expressions of interest in a flight, and yet over this weekend, our staff in India literally cold-called 800 people asking if they wanted to get on a flight today. We got 10 positive responses, 10 out of 800 calls. So that’s just an indication of the uncertainty of some of these numbers we’re looking at."

If true, that would be so funny! Who knew we would see the day when India would be preferred over Ameerkhan by Amrikis, no less :rotfl:

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Postby Karan M » 14 Apr 2020 11:22

Social media is full of desis asking GOI to come back. They missed the date announced as a cut off. They dont feel confident in the so-called west at all. Who can blame them. Most students would be on basic insurance.

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Postby suryag » 14 Apr 2020 11:58

what happened to Smt.Rupa the economist par excellence who was supposed to be evacuated by her motherland Canada.

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Postby arshyam » 14 Apr 2020 13:14

Karan M wrote:Social media is full of desis asking GOI to come back. They missed the date announced as a cut off. They dont feel confident in the so-called west at all. Who can blame them. Most students would be on basic insurance.

I suppose the usual suspects would now try to build this up as another Kandahar, where extreme public pressure based on their own selfish needs forced the govt to do something against its grain, the price for which we are still paying. While the two incidents aren't remotely comparable, the after effects of precipitated evacuation cannot be understated. When the going is good, most of these NRIs are anyway vocally happy to be away from desh, so they better just stay put. We cannot risk more people entering from outside without tamping things down here completely, which thanks to these jamati covidiots, is not going as well as it should have.

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Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

Postby Zynda » 14 Apr 2020 19:34

Relief for H-1B visa holders! US allows non-immigrant visa extension

New Delhi: In the wake of the current Coronavirus crisis, the US has decided to relax H-1B visa, other non-immigrant visa deadlines. The decision comes days after the Indian government got in touch with the US government for extending the validity of the visa of Indian nationals (H1-B and other types of visa holders) who are stranded in America because of the pandemic.


H1-B visa, other non-immigrant visa extended:

However, in a statement released on Monday, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) said, at the back of coronavirus crisis, non-immigrants can mitigate immigration consequences such as deportation by applying for an extension of stay (EOS) or change in status (COS). People on H-1B visa who lose jobs can now stay in the US for 8 months instead of 60 days earlier.

Extension of Stay, Change of visa status:

It is worth mentioning that EOS and COS documents are necessary for non-immigrants in order stay in the US. Extension of stay (EOS), as the name suggests means extending your existing visa for a time period. COS means changing your visa status, for instance from H-1B/H4 to B2 (visitor visa) in cases where you were unable to find employment but needed to stay in the country.

USCIS stated, "Nonimmigrants generally do not accrue unlawful presence while the timely-filed, non-frivolous EOS/COS application is pending. Where applicable, employment authorization with the same employer, subject to the same terms and conditions of the prior approval, is automatically extended for up to 240 days after I-94 expiration when an extension of stay request is filed on time."

As per the USCIS website, if a petitioner or applicant files an extension of stay or change of status request (on Forms I-129 or I-539) after the authorized period of admission expires, USCIS may excuse the failure to file on time if it was due to extraordinary circumstances beyond their control, such as those that may be caused by COVID-19.

It added, "The length of delay must be commensurate with the circumstances. The petitioner or applicant must submit credible evidence to support their request, which USCIS will evaluate on a case-by-case basis. These special situations have been used at various times in the past, including for natural disasters and similar crises."


I hope this isn't the "favour" we received in exchange for shipments of HCQ to US. I know we are 2nd in line to receive any US developed COVID-19 vaccine but I also hope that we are getting millions of rapid testing kits (like from Abbott) etc.

This is the umpteen time GoI had to intervene & request GOTUS to go soft on Indian H1B workers. I guess GoI realized that we may get a flood of citizens who would want to return back if they got laid off and it would be a challange to quarantine them before they are eligible for getting cleared.

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Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

Postby vijayk » 14 Apr 2020 20:33

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Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

Postby Vayutuvan » 15 Apr 2020 07:15

Mort Walker wrote:Pocahontas as VP will pacify the anarchists/Islamists elements of the party.

I think it will be intersectional candidate - HINO - Kamala Harris. She has the blessings of HiC and Ombaba.

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Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

Postby Vayutuvan » 15 Apr 2020 07:17

Rudradev wrote:
Sumeet wrote:...
So regardless of what we may want to see, we have to be asking: What is our Plan B?

If Sen. Harris is the VP candidate, then what? Biden's brain probably won't last the full four years. VP is sure to take over.


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