In the backdrop of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s June visit to Washington DC, USINPAC—US India Political Action Committee- will organise a grand event to recall and recognize the tireless efforts of Indian Americans and friends of India who have contributed towards taking US-India bilateral relations to a new and dynamic phase enhancing collaboration in the field of economy, energy, environment, defence and security.
Indian Prime Minister Modi’s US visit is scheduled on June 7 and 8. The visit will include a flurry of high profile exchanges; meeting outgoing President Barack Obama at the White House, addressing a joint session of the Congress, meetings with leaders of the Democrat and Republican parties, public reception and lunch with House Speaker Paul Ryan and other law makers.
The two day visit will be marked with heightened Indo-US bonhomie. It is a testament to the tremendous ground work done by numerous Indian American groups, including the Congressional India Caucus that has been pivotal in consolidating bipartisan support in bringing US-India relations to the forefront. Sanjay Puri, Chairman of the US India Political Action Committee (USINPAC) commented: “We will be commemorating the achievements of a decade of advocacy. To honor those involved in this advocacy, USINPAC will host a reception on Capitol Hill.”
The US India Political Action Committee (USINPAC) is the voice of over 3.2 million Indian- Americans and works on issues that concern the community. It supports candidates for local, state and federal office and encourages political participation by the Indian- American community, says a press release issued by it.
WIKIPEDIA says :”The United States India Political Action Committee is a political action committee based in Washington, D.C. Since its founding in 2002 by businessman Sanjay Puri, USINPAC has described its goal as “working closely with other Indian-American organizations to promote fair and balanced policies, and create a platform to enable the entry of Indian Americans in the political process. Particular issues of note have related to legal immigration, counter-terrorism, business relations, global health, religious freedom, education, and US-India trade. USINPAC has also donated significant funding to the political campaigns of both Democratic and Republican politicians, and recent Senate candidates supported by USINPAC include Aruna Miller, Aneesh Chopra, Vivek Kundra, and Kesha Ram among others. USINPAC is involved with the annual US business delegation to India, and has periodically held briefings for members of Congress and the House of Representatives. An active proponent of the H-1B Visa Program between 2003 and 2008, USINPAC has also supported the U.S.-India Civil Nuclear Agreement, the Hyde Act, the Section 123 Agreement,the Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act,and hate-crime expansions to the Local Law Enforcement Enhancement Act (LLEEA), among others”.