Prime Minister Narendra
Modi’s fourth visit to the United States, scheduled from June 7-8, begins on the
day when his host President Barack Obama will officially become lame duck.
With Donald Trump
becoming the official Republican nominee for the US presidential elections that
will take place in November, on June 7 the voters in California will probably
seal the candidacy of Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee, whether or not
she wins the primary.
So the first question
that comes to mind is why is Modi undertaking an official working visit to
meet a President who will begin packing up to leave on that date?
Had Modi some pressing
issue, say an emerging Kargil-like crisis, or the need to give the last push to
some key Indo-American issue or project, his visit would have been been
understandable. But there is nothing on the Indo-US agenda that can’t wait
for a new US President who will take office eight months from now in January