India has invited US President Donald Trump to be the chief guest for next year’s Republic Day parade and celebrations. If it happens, the Narendra Modi government might be tempted to tom-tom it as the biggest foreign policy coup in the past few years.
While India is still awaiting an official response from the US, the latter is said to have indicated to the Indian government in the past few weeks that the Trump administration is favourably considering the invite sent by India in April this year. The invite was followed up with several rounds of diplomatic engagement over the issue.
For his sheer unpredictability, Trump’s presence here, if he indeed chooses to come, promises to be even more dramatic than the one by his predecessor Barack Obama who was Modi’s first R-Day guest in 2015.
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