The following post appeared in The Washington Post's Global Opinions section on November 7, 2016.
Coming from a similarly raucous democracy, Indians follow U.S. elections with a great deal of interest. Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have inspired a mixture of curiosity, ridicule, admiration and concern among India’s chattering classes, although surveys indicate that the broader Indian public does not hold particularly strong opinions about either candidate. Trump has offered mixed messages about high-skilled immigration to the United States, of which Indians are among the primary beneficiaries, and about India more generally.
By contrast, Clinton has a long history of engagement with India, including as first lady, as senator (when she was co-chair of the Senate India Caucus) and as secretary of state. As such, she is a known quantity in New Delhi. The stability of a Clinton presidency, a very good understanding of her positions and key advisers, and the implications her election would have for the United States more broadly make her a preferable candidate from India’s point of view.