Joe Biden elected as 46th US President- What does it mean to India?

Joe Biden was declared the winner of US Election, 2020 on November 7, 2020.  He will become the 46th President of the United States after beating Donald Trump. He has become the oldest man ever to be elected to the White House.

Joe Biden

The 46th President has been formerly the 47th vice president of the United States serving from 2009 to 2017. He was also a U.S. Senator from Delaware for the year 1973 to 2009. In the year 1988 to 2008 he ran as a Democratic candidate for president. In the line, he won the Democratic nomination in 2020.

Joe Biden’s take on India

When Biden was Vice President in the Obama’s administration, he had played a key role to strengthen the India-US relations. In 2006 he had also announced that his primary dream is to establish a closest relation with India in 2020. When Joe Bidden was a senator,  Obama hesitated to support the Indo-US nuclear deal but Biden openly declared his support to the deal. He worked with the Democrats and Republicans for the approval of the deal.

Biden’s take on India-US Defence Relation

The Obama-Biden administration had given India as Major Defence Partner status. The status had made it easier for India and US to share advanced and critical technologies. In order to strengthened the Indian Defence System largely. Further, In 2016, India and USA signed the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA). The agreement lead to the initiation for deeper military cooperation.

Biden on Immigration and Visas for Indians

India was highly concerned about the Immigration and Visas policies during the Trump’s administration. Biden had promised during the campaign to increase the number of visas offered for work based immigration. He also promised to reform the temporary visa system and to support family based immigration.

Biden on CAA and NRC

Biden was highly disappointed with India’s steps towards National Register Citizens and the Citizenship (amendment) act.