Indo-US relations set to grow: US envoy

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Tiruchirapalli, Apr 3: The introduction of economic reforms in India has led to stategic partnership between India and the US after culmination of cold war removed a serious irritant in the relations between the two countries, Consul for Public Affairs, US Consulate General, Chennai, Frederick J Kaplan, has said.

Speaking at a function here yesterday, he observed that the relations between the two countries have never been better than right now and it would be better in five years. Collaborations in technology, health, agriculture, military, and in promotion of democracy would further enhance the relations between the two countries. Both countries share basic values, believe in hard work, and favour open and free market system, he pointed out. Mr Kaplan said 250 Indian scientists were undergoing training in the US. There had been a two-way growth in trade and investment.

Companies like General Electric and Microsoft have their second largest facilities in India and there were several blue chip companies in India in the IT and pharma sectors.

He opined that with a nine per cent growth rate over the last three years, India would have to make an investment of 500 billion US Dollars over the next five years to sustain the growth rate.

The 83,000 Indian students studying in American institutions constitute the highest number of overseas students from a country.

While Indians go to the US institutions to study engineering, medicine, technology and management, American students visit India to learn its culture, history, languages and art forms. Americans were becoming Indianised by practising yoga, he added.

During the music season in December, the envoy said a large number of Americans used to camp in Chennai for the musical feast.

Writings of 19th century American Philosopher Henry David Thoreau were influenced by the Bhagavad Gita and Ramayana. The writer's essay on Civil Disobedience influenced Mahatma Gandhi in his freedom struggle and the latter had an admirer in Martin Luther King Jr.


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