India hires lobbying business Cornerstone to arrive at out to Democrats


At a time when its legislative modifications to Jammu and Kashmir’s status have been criticised by U.S. lawmakers, particularly Democrats, the Authorities of India has hired lobbying company Cornerstone Authorities Affairs, which has sturdy ties to the Democrat aspect, to represent its passions in Washington.

Cornerstone will supply “strategic counsel, tactical planning and govt relations help on coverage issues right before the U.S. Federal government, the U.S. Congress, and decide on Point out governments, as very well as academic institutions and believe-tanks,” the letter of engagement connected to the FARA (Overseas Agent Registration Act) kind said.

Potent ties to Democrats

The organization has potent ties to the Democrat facet of the aisle and is the government’s option to fill a lobbying gap on that facet, specifically by reaching out to a segment of Democrats who have strongly criticised the government’s policy’s in Kashmir.

Cornerstone will be paid $forty,000 for each thirty day period underneath the agreement, which started on December 1 and runs via the finish of February.

The Indian authorities carries on to make use of lobbying agency BRG Team, to work on the Republican side of items. Having said that, the gap on the Democrat facet grew to become far more clear immediately after Democrats took charge of the Property in January this calendar year.

Given that India brought legislative variations and limitations in Jammu and Kashmir in early August, a quantity of lawmakers, largely Democrat, experienced penned letters to the Condition Section and U.S. President Donald Trump on the concern, or spoken about it publicly.

Listening to on Kashmir

This culminated in an Oct 22 listening to by the Residence International Affairs Subcommittee on Asia that centered on Kashmir. There was a different hearing by the Tom Lantos Human Rights Fee – a caucus-like group on Capitol Hill in November.

Before, for lobbying the Democratic aspect, India had employed the Podesta Team. This firm was operate by Tony Podesta, who started the firm with his brother John Podesta, who labored in the Invoice Clinton and Barack Obama White Homes and famously ran Hillary Clinton’s 2016 marketing campaign towards Mr. Trump.

The business shut store in November 2017 as it came to mild (due to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. elections) that the Podesta Group experienced not declared that it was hired by former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort to get the job done for a Ukrainian non-revenue.

Considering the fact that August 5, India’s envoy to Washington, Severe Shringla and his workforce have been assembly U.S. lawmakers equally in Washington and at the Condition level to describe India’s posture on the Kashmir situation and the dilution of Short article 370, soon after which the erstwhile Condition was demarcated into two Union Territories.

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