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'Democrats back Trump's initiative for stronger India-US ties'

Although there is an ideological chasm between United States President Donald Trump and the opposition Democratic Party, India-US relation “transcends partisanship” and the party supports his initiatives to strengthen it further, according to Indian-American Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi.

Nov 30, 2017
By Arul Louis
 
Although there is an ideological chasm between United States President Donald Trump and the opposition Democratic Party, India-US relation “transcends partisanship” and the party supports his initiatives to strengthen it further, according to Indian-American Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi.
 
“The more he can do that the better because it will help each of our economies and will enhance our security and also bring our two peoples together even closer between the world's oldest and largest democracies,” the Democratic Party member of the House of Representatives said in interview with IANS.
 
Trump has said that a “critical part of the South Asia strategy for America is to further develop its strategic partnership with India." Secretary of State Rex Tillerson expanded on it saying last month the administration wanted to "deepen ties with India" to make it one of the anchors of a democratic world order.
 
“It is good that the president is continuing the strengthening of the US-India relationship,” Krishnamoorthi said. “I am glad that the relationship is now something that both parties support.”
 
But he said that it should not be a transactional relationship but be built on a foundation that endures.
 
“What I am always concerned about is any kind of relation, any kind of interaction that is transactional in nature,” he said. “We need to make it about relationship growing.”
 
For this, “it is very, very important that for instance that we enhance our economic relationship, that we continue to promote Indian investment in the United States,” he said, “just as the Indians will promote American investment in India.”
 
Krishnamoorthi made a pitch for investments in his Illinois constituency located in suburbs around Chicago, saying he hopes Indian businesses would come there.
 
On the security front, Washington and New Delhi “have to be close partners in fighting terrorism, but also in making sure that we can bring some democratic norms and, kind of making sure everyone observes the rules of the road in our global relationships, the way we conduct our global business,” Krishnamoorthi said.
 
Krishnamoorthi, who was born in Delhi and came to the US as a baby with his parents, is a mechanical engineer and a lawyer by training. He headed companies that develop technologies for defence and renewable energy sectors before his election last year.
 
There are three other Indian-Americans, Pramila Jayapal, Ro Khanna and Ami Bera, – all Democrats – in the House of Representatives and a Senator of Indian descent. “I affectionately call them the 'Samosa Caucus,'” Krishnamoorthi said. “We try to help each other out on our bills of interest.”

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