Though India-US relations have improved, there are many challenges ahead, including issues related to immigration, the H-IB visa programme and foreign policy. India is a big trading partner to the US and is a huge potential market. The world's largest democracy and the world's oldest democracy are good partners to be together. The Indo- US relationship has become much better than it had been under the former US president Barak Obama's tenure but the Trump administration has many challenges ahead to sustain those relations.
We believe, immigration is a good thing for the US. But unfortutely, the current administration has spread a lot of anti-immigration messages off late.
It many be mentioned here that the H-IB visas, in large majority, go to India. Indian companies, as well as US firms such as Microsoft and Intel who hire Indians through the H-IB visa programme. But just reacting against H-IBs and shutting it down or restricting the programme would do tremendous harm to the US economy.
Satish Kumar Sarma,
dir of Assam cricket
Being an ardent fan of cricket and keen follower of Assam cricket team, I am disgusted with the performance of the State team in the ongoing Ranji trophy. After the completion of the group matches, Assam team stood right at the bottom of the group. In the last encounter against Maharashtra, the State team tasted defeat despite being in a relatively comfortable position. Now, where is cricket in Assam heading to? Definitely not upwards but in the reverse direction, towards the dir. Through your esteemed daily, may I ask the office bearers of ACA about their road map? Owning an intertiol cricket stadium in Barsapara that took ages to build and hosting a T20 intertiol match aren't any major achievements which ACA can boast off.
It is welcome that makers of the movie Padmavati have deferred the date of release of the film from 1st December, having highest regard to the law of the land and statutory bodies such as Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).
The Rajput community has alleged that the character of Padmavati in the film has been depicted in a distorted way and misrepresented. I would like to request the producer/director Sanjay Lila Bhansali to take a balanced view in between sentiments of Rajput community, and his creativity in depicting the story. It is strange that controversy has erupted even before clearance of the movie by CBFC. Let the CBFC do its job. But, at the same time, the Rajput community should not threaten producer/director Bhansali and actress Deepika Padukone. The protests may be carried out democratically. The law should not be taken in one's own hand.