Optics matter in diplomacy and chemistry between leaders establish terms of engagement.
There is no reason to believe his condemnation will have a positive effect to stop the trend of mass killings.
The politics over origin of birth and caste labelling of presidential candidates amounts to trivialisation of the institution.
US president is as unpredictable in his meetings with world leaders as Indian PM is predictable.
The message is: even the President's office is not to be kept above the narrow considerations of the politics of religious partisanship.
Modi will be facing the Lok Sabha election in two years from now. The office of the president is called upon to play an important role in case of a hung Parliament.
Letting the fringe organisations lead the chorus and campaign for Hindu nation is the saffron party's strategy.
The PM has his captive media, a very large section of them, who solicits the government and the ministers.
Politics is slippery business. The tide turns swiftly and often without warning.
With the NDTV fiasco, the ruling regime has bared its teeth.