(Brig (retd) GB Redi)
Whilst there is “Hype” over Ivanka Trump, Daughter of Donald Trump and Adviser to him to attend this year’s Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in Hyderabad as “Star Attraction”, there is controversy over the ‘size’ of her delegation on her home turf between the White House and the State Department in USA.
As per CNN reports in USA, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson isn’t sending a high-level delegation to support her amid reports of tensions between Tillerson and the White House. Tillerson’s senior team is skipping Ivanka Trump’s India trip as part of his plan to slash his Department budget.
In the past, the large annual event was attended multiple times by former Secretary of State John Kerry and even former President Obama. But this year, according to one senior State Department official: “No one higher than the deputy assistant secretary is allowed to participate.
However, as per media reports, the State Department don’t want to bolster Ivanka image of leading the US delegation.
Thus, another rift between the White House and State Department is brewing. Tillerson and his team are far from eager to throw the support of the State Department behind Ivanka Trump on this trip, which will be her highest-profile appearance yet representing the United States. Ivanka Trump’s spokesman declined to comment on the story.
Be that as it may, State Department leadership has lately emphasized a commitment to forging a stronger relationship with India.
In the light of the foregoing, all that is likely to happen over the duration of the event media hype over the “Glitter and Glamour” of Royal Splendor at exorbitant costs to the treasury.
Be that as it may, one must always remember such visits by US VIPs always do not result in substantial FDIs – Foreign Direct Investments – to promote economic growth and developments in India.
In reality, the Multi National Corporations or ‘Industries’ are driven by self profit interests and take decisions in collaboration with either the Indian or State Governments or in partnerships with local entrepreneurs to exploit market opportunities.
So, all that the GES would culminate are lots of “Media Hype” – both pro and anti government coverage.
Of course, Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner can exploit Indian markets for their family’s products in real estate and brands.
Finally, Ivanka Trump would be certainly given a befitting “Royal Welcome” for Indian Media to “hype” the GES event out of proportion that it merits. Much Ado about Nothing!