Indo-US Relations in Modi Era

The writer, Pankaj Sharma is a Public policy expert and Corporate Advisor. He was the Former Civil Rights Commissioner, State of Colorado and Former Advisor. Govt. of India

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The India-US relationship has witnessed significant transformations since 2014, marked by deeper engagement, enhanced cooperation, and strengthened strategic ties. This period saw a shift towards closer collaboration in various sectors, including defense, trade, energy, and technology. With shared democratic values and converging interests, both nations have taken proactive steps to deepen their bilateral partnership, paving the way for a new era of cooperation and mutual growth.

Following the 2014 elections in India, there has been a noticeable increase in high-level diplomatic engagements between the two countries. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's multiple visits to the United States and President Barack Obama's historic visit to India in 2015 further solidified the bilateral relationship. The frequency of interactions at the leadership level has helped foster trust and a better understanding of each other's priorities. Visits of Prime Minister Modi and erstwhile President Trump further solidified the mutual relationship between both the nations .

The strategic dimension of the India-US relationship has grown significantly in recent years. Both countries have recognized the importance of collaboration in areas such as defense, counterterrorism, and maritime security. The signing of the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) in 2016 and the Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA) in 2018 are examples of deepening defense ties. These agreements facilitate interoperability and defense cooperation, allowing for increased joint military exercises and technology transfer.

The economic relationship between India and the United States has also seen positive developments. Bilateral trade has grown, reaching new highs, and investments have increased in various sectors. The launch of the U.S.-India Strategic Energy Partnership in 2017 has bolstered energy cooperation, focusing on clean energy, natural gas, and renewable technologies. Efforts to address trade imbalances and create a more conducive business environment have been ongoing, with both countries aiming to deepen economic integration.

India and the United States have recognized the significance of collaboration in technology and innovation. Initiatives such as the U.S.-India Strategic and Commercial Dialogue and the U.S.-India Strategic Energy Partnership aim to foster innovation, entrepreneurship, and technology transfer. The growth of the Indian startup ecosystem has attracted the attention of American investors, leading to increased investment and collaboration in emerging technologies.

It must also be pointed out that the India-US relationship is not limited to government-level interactions but is also strengthened by people-to-people ties. Both countries boast vibrant democracies, diverse societies, and a strong Indian diaspora in the United States. Cultural exchanges, educational collaborations, and tourism have played a vital role in nurturing mutual understanding and fostering long-term relationships.

Since 2014, the India-US relationship has experienced a positive trajectory, marked by deeper diplomatic engagement, strategic partnerships, and enhanced economic cooperation. The convergence of interests in various sectors, including defense, trade, technology, and people-to-people ties, has laid a strong foundation for continued growth and collaboration. As both nations face common challenges and pursue shared goals, the India-US relationship is poised to further strengthen, contributing to regional and global stability and prosperity.

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