At a meeting in Washington in early December, a high-level Indian delegation warned members of Barack Obama's transition team that New Delhi may pre-emptively make Richard Holbrooke persona non grata if his duties as special envoy for South Asia were to include India or Kashmir, according to a US magazine. State Department spokesman Robert Wood, meanwhile, reiterated Holbrooke's mandate did not include India or Kashmir.
In November 2015, Donald Trump sat down for an interview with Stephen Bannon, executive chairman of the Breitbart News Network, a far-right news and opinion site. In the course of the conversation, Bannon made the startling assertion that Silicon Valley has far too many Asian CEOs. An ominous portent of things to come? It certainly seems so today.