Prashant Jha

Prashant Jha is the Washington DC-based US correspondent of Hindustan Times. He is also the editor of HT Premium. Jha has earlier served as editor-views and national political editor/bureau chief of the paper. He is the author of How the BJP Wins: Inside India's Greatest Election Machine and Battles of the New Republic: A Contemporary History of Nepal.

Articles by Prashant Jha

Strongly oppose unilateral bids to advance territorial claims at LAC: US

The statement came days after Chinese President Xi Jinping met People’s Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers stationed at the India-China border to “inspect combat readiness”

US: Strongly oppose unilateral bids to advance territorial claims at LAC
US: Strongly oppose unilateral bids to advance territorial claims at LAC
Updated on Jan 28, 2023 04:57 AM IST

Tech job losses force Indians in the US to scramble amid a strict visa regime

According to the layoff announcements, there have been close to 220,000 job cuts in the tech sector in 2022 and 2023, with over 57,000 just in January 2023 — largely, but not exclusively, in the US

Google's parent company Alphabet announced about 12,000 job cuts globally on January 20, 2023, citing a changing
Google's parent company Alphabet announced about 12,000 job cuts globally on January 20, 2023, citing a changing "economic reality". (AFP)
Published on Jan 27, 2023 11:44 PM IST

US stresses on importance of free press amid ban on BBC documentary

On Monday, when a reporter had sought to get the US to criticise Modi over the 2002 riots based on the BBC documentary, the State Department had said it was not familiar with the documentary, and had instead chosen to highlight the close relationship with India, including in terms of values.

Responding to a question on the government “banning” the documentary, stopping the screening of documentaries in universities, and taking down social media links, the US State Department spokesperson Ned Price spoke of the importance of freedom of press on Wednesday. (AP)
Responding to a question on the government “banning” the documentary, stopping the screening of documentaries in universities, and taking down social media links, the US State Department spokesperson Ned Price spoke of the importance of freedom of press on Wednesday. (AP)
Published on Jan 27, 2023 12:03 AM IST

In major shift, US and Germany agree to send battle tanks to Ukraine

While President Joe Biden announced that US will send 31 Abrams tanks to Ukraine, German chancellor Olaf Scholz declared that Berlin will send 14 Leopard tanks to Kyiv

A US Abrams tank is seen at a multinational military exercise in Nowogrod, Poland. (AFP/FILE)
A US Abrams tank is seen at a multinational military exercise in Nowogrod, Poland. (AFP/FILE)
Updated on Jan 26, 2023 12:03 AM IST

Ahead of Doval-Sullivan talks, think tank suggests areas of tech cooperation

Days before Ajit Doval and Jake Sullivan are set to meet for the first high-level ICET dialogue, authors associated with Carnegie India have released a paper with suggestions for both governments

HT first reported about Doval’s proposed visit to the US for the meeting on January 31. (HT PHOTO)
HT first reported about Doval’s proposed visit to the US for the meeting on January 31. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jan 25, 2023 08:56 AM IST

US lawmaker seeks support for Indians hit by tech layoffs

In the past month, big tech companies in the Valley — Meta, Amazon, Microsoft and Google, among others — have laid off over 50,000 employees.

Ro Khanna (HT)
Ro Khanna (HT)
Updated on Jan 25, 2023 02:08 AM IST
By, Washington

US stays clear of BBC controversy on PM Modi; leaves India-Pak talks to bilateral track

US State Department spokesperson Ned Price said he was not aware of the BBC documentary on the 2002 Gujarat riots

Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (PIB Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (PIB Photo)
Updated on Jan 24, 2023 12:09 PM IST

Biden to pick Jeff Zients as next chief of staff

President Joe Biden is likely to pick Jeff Zients, his former Covid czar, as the next White House Chief of Staff, according to media reports.

Former White House Covid-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients. (AP)
Former White House Covid-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients. (AP)
Updated on Jan 23, 2023 10:34 PM IST
By, Washington

NSA Doval to visit US for first ICET dialogue on January 31

National security adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval will visit Washington DC to participate in the inaugural high-level dialogue of the Initiative on Critical and Emerging Technologies (ICET) with his counterpart, United States NSA Jake Sullivan, on January 31, said people familiar with the development

NSA Ajit Doval (ANI)
NSA Ajit Doval (ANI)
Published on Jan 21, 2023 12:04 AM IST
By, Washington

Amid fears of a crisis, the US begins the debt ceiling battle

With the United States (US) hitting its debt ceiling limit on Thursday, America has entered a period of a gruelling political battle over a debate on the issue, with the White House warning that Republican obstructionism risks push the country towards an economic “catastrophe” and Republicans placing the responsibility of an agreement on Democrats

HT Image
HT Image
Published on Jan 19, 2023 11:34 PM IST
By, Washington

In a first, US releases equity and justice strategy for Asian-Americans

The strategy lists out core priorities, traces steps taken by the administration to achieve these goals, and has an action plan prepared by 32 federal agencies, including all 15 cabinet departments in the executive branch of the US government.

Revellers gather under the rain during the New Year's Eve celebrations in Times Square, New York, US. (AP)
Revellers gather under the rain during the New Year's Eve celebrations in Times Square, New York, US. (AP)
Published on Jan 17, 2023 10:45 PM IST

A different Tokyo, Berlin confront the world today

Thanks to China and Russia, both Japan and Germany have changed their strategic, political orientation. And while it is a work in progress, the historical significance of this move is hard to miss

Eighty years ago, Washington DC, Moscow and Beijing defeated Berlin and Tokyo. Today, Berlin and Tokyo, with DC in the lead, are emerging from the shadows to fight Moscow, Beijing. History has come a full circle. (Shutterstock)
Eighty years ago, Washington DC, Moscow and Beijing defeated Berlin and Tokyo. Today, Berlin and Tokyo, with DC in the lead, are emerging from the shadows to fight Moscow, Beijing. History has come a full circle. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Jan 17, 2023 09:32 PM IST

McCarthy’s election as US speaker opens period of dysfunctional legislature

The nature of Kevin McCarthy’s election and now the new House rules both reflect the divisions and dysfunctionality in today’s Republican Party and broader American politics — and will deepen it further.

Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy speaks during a news conference in Statuary Hall at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday.(AP)
Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy speaks during a news conference in Statuary Hall at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday.(AP)
Updated on Jan 16, 2023 03:46 PM IST
By, Washington

US and Japan deepen security alliance; hail Quad as a ‘force for good’

The US reiterated its “unwavering commitment” to Japan’s defence, including the Senkaku Islands - a disputed area which China has claimed as its own - and lauded Tokyo’s recent moves to reorient its national security and defence posture.

US President Joe Biden (right) shakes hands with Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC on Friday. (AFP)
US President Joe Biden (right) shakes hands with Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC on Friday. (AFP)
Updated on Jan 15, 2023 04:10 AM IST

India, US to use TPF meet to focus on ‘big picture’ of trade ties

he big focus in the relationship now includes deepening partnerships on semiconductor manufacturing and defence production, where Union minister Piyush Goyal said that India, unlike other countries, “did not steal technology”

Union minister Piyush Goyal with United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai during the 13th India-US Trade Policy Forum in Washington DC on Wednesday. (PTI)
Union minister Piyush Goyal with United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai during the 13th India-US Trade Policy Forum in Washington DC on Wednesday. (PTI)
Updated on Jan 13, 2023 01:56 PM IST

India, US agree to focus on trade, resolving WTO issues

At the 13th TPF ministerial talks on Wednesday, Union commerce and industry minister Piyush Goyal said that the US has welcomed India’s draft Digital Personal Data Protection Bill that was released for public consultations at the end of November and appreciated American suggestions in the regard.

Union minister Piyush Goyal with United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai during the 13th India-US Trade Policy Forum in Washington DC on Wednesday. (PTI)
Union minister Piyush Goyal with United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai during the 13th India-US Trade Policy Forum in Washington DC on Wednesday. (PTI)
Updated on Jan 13, 2023 01:56 PM IST
By, Washington

US commerce secretary to visit Delhi for commercial dialogue, CEO forum

India will also host the next round of official-level talks of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) in February in Delhi. Piyush Goyal said that India stood solidly with the US on the framework and appreciated its leadership.

US secretary of commerce Gina Raimondo is set to visit Delhi for India-US commercial dialogue and the CEO forum between the two sides. (Bloomberg)
US secretary of commerce Gina Raimondo is set to visit Delhi for India-US commercial dialogue and the CEO forum between the two sides. (Bloomberg)
Updated on Jan 13, 2023 12:52 AM IST

India and US agree to focus on resilient trade, resolving WTO disputes bilaterally

At the 13th Trade Policy Forum (TPF) ministerial talks held in Washington DC, Union ministerPiyush Goyal and US trade representative Katherine Tai hailed the fact that bilateral trade in goods and services had reached $160 billion in 2021, but also recognised that the full potential of the trade relationship remained “unfulfilled”

Union commerce and industry minister Piyush Goyal with United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai during the 13th India-US Trade Policy Forum in Washington DC on Wednesday. (PTI)
Union commerce and industry minister Piyush Goyal with United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai during the 13th India-US Trade Policy Forum in Washington DC on Wednesday. (PTI)
Published on Jan 13, 2023 12:24 AM IST

US House backs committee focused on tackling threats from China

The overwhelming 365-65 bipartisan vote marked a rare area of agreement between Republicans and Democrats at the start of divided government in Washington

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) (centre) walks to his office from the House floor at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. (REUTERS)
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) (centre) walks to his office from the House floor at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. (REUTERS)
Published on Jan 11, 2023 09:14 PM IST

The year ahead: Will G20 presidency serve as a political trump card?

India’s engagement with the world has always been part of India’s domestic politics. But it was largely viewed through the lens of India’s rivalry with Pakistan, and Delhi’s ability to thwart Islamabad’s designs in Kashmir and elsewhere. In Modi’s case, his wider foreign policy engagements — visits abroad, engagements with the diaspora, the acknowledgment of India’s role by foreign leaders, and India’s membership in key groupings — form a key element of subtext here at home. His visibility overseas is amplified to a domestic audience and politically leveraged for electoral benefits

BJP supporters wearing Modi masks celebrate the party’s victory in the 2019 national election, in Guwahati. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi arrives in New Delhi on his Bharat Jodo Yatra, in December 2022. (Photos: NurPhoto via Getty Images; PTI/ Imaging: Malay Karmakar)
BJP supporters wearing Modi masks celebrate the party’s victory in the 2019 national election, in Guwahati. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi arrives in New Delhi on his Bharat Jodo Yatra, in December 2022. (Photos: NurPhoto via Getty Images; PTI/ Imaging: Malay Karmakar)
Updated on Dec 31, 2022 05:50 PM IST
By, New Delhi

The year ahead: A political battle of many bouts

India is already in election mode, and 2023 will witness three layers of political competition — for the elections to the nine states that will be held over the year; for the elections of 2024, which will determine the composition of the 18th Lok Sabha and shape the next government; and for the post-Narendra Modi political landscape that will begin to emerge in the course of what is likely to be his third and perhaps final term post-2024

The year will begin with elections in the northeastern states of Nagaland, Meghalaya, and Tripura. (Getty Images)
The year will begin with elections in the northeastern states of Nagaland, Meghalaya, and Tripura. (Getty Images)
Published on Dec 31, 2022 05:36 PM IST
By, New Delhi

How India voted in 2022

For the BJP, 2022 was about sustaining power in its two most important states. For the Congress, repeated failures have led to political experiments. And for AAP, a win outside Delhi triggered national ambitions

India’s three main parties in the news this year— the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) — look back at 2022 (Hindustan Times)
India’s three main parties in the news this year— the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) — look back at 2022 (Hindustan Times)
Published on Dec 30, 2022 11:53 PM IST

Chronicling Delhi’s debate on Beijing

China is India’s biggest strategic challenge. On balance, the government is right in fusing quiet capacity-building with public caution

The Tawang clash has sharpened the debate on China in Delhi. (Shutterstock)
The Tawang clash has sharpened the debate on China in Delhi. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Dec 21, 2022 07:35 AM IST

Assembly election: What 2022 bodes for 2024

Gujarat 2022 should serve as a wake-up call for the Opposition, but given its past record, it is unlikely to learn lessons.

AAP, Congress and BJP Supporter Shout for their party candidate.
AAP, Congress and BJP Supporter Shout for their party candidate.
Updated on Dec 09, 2022 03:58 PM IST

What the election verdict means for 6 key leaders

An analysis of what the assembly election results imply for the top leaders in the Indian political landscape

While the BJP retained Gujarat with 156 seats, the Congress won Himachal Pradesh with 40 seats. (REUTERS)
While the BJP retained Gujarat with 156 seats, the Congress won Himachal Pradesh with 40 seats. (REUTERS)
Updated on Dec 09, 2022 05:59 AM IST

Assembly election: What swung the vote in Himachal Pradesh

The victory is important for the Congress for the simple reason that it gives the party a third state to govern.

Congress supporters celebrate the victory in the Himachal Pradesh elections in Kullu. (ANI)(HT_PRINT)
Congress supporters celebrate the victory in the Himachal Pradesh elections in Kullu. (ANI)(HT_PRINT)
Updated on Dec 09, 2022 06:01 AM IST

Assembly election: What swung the vote in Gujarat

The erosion in the Congress’s strength and social coalition, the collapse of the Janata Dal, the Hindutva-laced political energy of the early 1990s, and the formidable work of the trio of Keshubhai Patel, Shankarsinh Vaghela and Modi gave the BJP its first outright election win in 1995.

Supporters of BJP celebrate during a felicitation programme organised for Gujarat CM Bhupendrabhai Patel (not pictured) in Ahmedabad on Thursday.(AFP)( Siddharaj Solanki )
Supporters of BJP celebrate during a felicitation programme organised for Gujarat CM Bhupendrabhai Patel (not pictured) in Ahmedabad on Thursday.(AFP)( Siddharaj Solanki )
Updated on Dec 09, 2022 03:36 AM IST

What December 2022 says about Indian politics

The BJP, Congress and AAP view elections differently. The divergent views and strategies explain Thursday’s verdict and offer clues for 2024.

Gujarat assembly elections should serve as a wake-up call for the opposition parties. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Gujarat assembly elections should serve as a wake-up call for the opposition parties. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Published on Dec 09, 2022 12:11 AM IST

Modi’s seventh wonder

In the biggest electoral victory ever achieved by a party in Gujarat’s history, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, set a new benchmark on Thursday by winning 156 seats in the 182-member state assembly. As the BJP celebrated its unprecedented seventh successive electoral victory, the Congress shrank to its lowest tally in the state with just 17 seats, less than a tenth of the strength of the assembly.

BJP supporters celebrate the party's victory in the Gujarat Assembly elections, at party headquarters, in Gandhinagar on Thursday. (ANI)
BJP supporters celebrate the party's victory in the Gujarat Assembly elections, at party headquarters, in Gandhinagar on Thursday. (ANI)
Published on Dec 09, 2022 12:03 AM IST
By, New Delhi

The next big step in India’s digital story

The country’s digital public goods infra is the envy of the world. But to become a global digital power, India should now focus on standards

Instead of merely a recognition of India’s achievements or an acknowledgment in the declaration, India can propose a centre for excellence on digital public goods. (Shutterstock)
Instead of merely a recognition of India’s achievements or an acknowledgment in the declaration, India can propose a centre for excellence on digital public goods. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Dec 06, 2022 07:08 PM IST
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