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Indian Americans mark a new day in US-India relations at Capitol Hill Reception

22 May 2014; Washington D.C.:  The United States Capitol Building served as the venue today for a US India Political Action Committee (USINPAC) symposium and reception entitled: “US-India: The Road Ahead.”  Jubilant USINPAC members and USINPAC State Chapters leaders had flown in from across the country to celebrate with Members of Congress, Congressional staff, American diplomats, and well known India-Watchers from Washington think tanks, media, law and political consulting firms.

Rajnath Singh, President, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), offered the following remarks in a written message to mark the occasion:  “Thank you for your good will towards India.  The people of India and our karyakartas have handed not only a victory, but also a heavy responsibility to our party and Shri Narendrabhai Modi as the Prime Minister of India.  We look forward to fulfilling the mandate given to us by the people of India … The BJP is looking forward to strengthen bilateral relations with the United States and we will take the large Indian-American community on board in this endeavor. … I congratulate USINPAC for its active role … and all friends of India who are working to promote mutual understanding and strong relations between both the countries.”

Congressman Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman, House Foreign Affairs Committee, stated:  “I sent out an invitation immediately after the election inviting the Prime Minister here on behalf of the Foreign Affairs Committee and we look forward to his visit.”

Nisha Desai-Biswal, the first Indian American Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia, commented: “It is indeed a time for us to be looking forward and looking ahead.”  She added that the BJP’s political mandate focused on “economic opportunity and effective governance is what the United States supports and wants to partner with.”

Others who delivered remarks include: Senator Jean Shaheen (D-NH), Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY), Congressman Joe Crowley (D-NY), Congressman Todd Rokita (R-IN), Congressman George Holding (R-NC), current Indian Deputy Chief of Mission Sandhu, former US Ambassador to India David Mulford.

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