Hours ahead of the US presidential election results, India is searching for US foreign policy more than Mexico, according to data released by search engine Google. The results reflect India’s deep engagement with the US ever since Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Barack Obama made a serious push to strengthen Indo-US bilateral ties. The relations have hit unprecedented highs with US Secretary of Defence Ashton Carter and American envoy to India Richard Verma even terming the two countries as natural allies.
Search queries from India on Hillary and Foreign Policy amount to 4 per cent of the average searches while Trump and foreign policy average 5 per cent. The latter compares a 20 per cent lead to Mexico’s numbers whereas Hillary and her foreign policy find no significant presence in Mexico’s internet queries on Google.
India has been a long time partner of Russia. Pakistan, India’s principal adversary, had been a US ally. However, the tables are slowly turning as Russia moves closer to Pakistan in times of heightened Indo-Pak tensions.
Chinese support to Pakistan has made the situation even more serious. In such times, India sees US as a tremendously beneficial partner, one that can help India bolster its presence in the South Asian region and with the help of US-Japan-Australia combine, India has been able to encircle China into a marine blockade to stop its expansionist agenda.
On the other hand, US’ southern neighbour Mexico is set to face severe restrictions if Donald Trump comes to power in terms of trade, immigration, movement through the US-Mexico border. Trump has been severely critical of the millions of Mexican immigrants living in the US without documentation and backed forceful deportation in broad plans.
The ‘Great wall of Donald Trump’ that the Republican runner plans on the over 2000-mile long US-Mexico border has antagonised one of its biggest trade partners and only the second country with which it shares land borders. It is only natural that such anxiety is showing on the internet domain. However, India is more interested in Trump’s foreign policy with many believing that a Trump presidency will, in fact, be more beneficial for India.
Hillary, though admired due to the goodwill earned by President Obama, has had a controversial involvement with India over the last 15 years where she is said to have led a campaign against Narendra Modi when he was Gujarat CM in an incarceration attempt relating to Godhra communal riots in the state.