Washington, DC. The U.S. India Political Action Committee (USINPAC) mobilizes an emergency delegation of Indian-American business and community leaders to India at this critical moment in Indo-American relations.
The USINPAC delegation, consisting of members from California, New Mexico, Texas, Virginia, and Maryland, leaves for India on October 19th to meet with Indian government officials and representatives of Indian industry to discuss recent developments surrounding the U.S.-India nuclear deal. The Government of India has decided to put the agreement on hold in light of domestic political opposition.
USINPAC remains upbeat that the U.S.-India nuclear deal will be seen through to its conclusion in a form that makes the best sense for both the U.S. and India. Sanjay Puri, the Chairman of USINPAC, says: "the deal ushered in a new strategic relationship between the United States and India. There is too much at stake for both countries and the rest of the world to walk away from this critically important relationship." Puri noted that "There is more to gain by engaging in a constructive way to provide for the latest technologies and energy needs for 1/6th of the world's population."
USINPAC believes that the nuclear deal is good for the energy security of both countries, and hence their respective national security interests. It is an agreement that makes economic sense for both countries, and frees India from its nuclear isolation. Further, it bolsters the global non-proliferation system by making India a fully vested partner.
The USINPAC delegation intends to assess the perspectives of all stakeholders in the Indian system - political and technical - and to provide an Indian audience with the viewpoints of key Indian-Americans who were actively involved in the public discussion of the nuclear exemption for India in the U.S. The Indian-American community played a crucial and unique role in this public discussion. Given recent developments, the delegation hopes to ascertain the future direction of India's plans for civil nuclear expansion.
The U.S. India Political Action Committee (USINPAC) is the political voice of 2.5 million Indian-Americans. USINPAC provides bipartisan support to candidates for federal, state and local office who support the issues that are important to the Indian-American community. For more information, go to www.usinpac.com.