Trump Tak­ing Ahead Obama’s In­dia Plan: US Congressman

Kr­ish­namoor­thi says US Pres­i­dent is tak­ing for­ward ini­tia­tives across se­cu­rity, de­fence & eco­nomic sec­tors

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics - Di­pan­janRoy.Chaud­hury @times­group.com

New Delhi: The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion is pur­su­ing a ro­bust In­dia pol­icy and tak­ing for­ward the ini­tia­tives un­der­taken by its pre­de­ces­sor across se­cu­rity, de­fence and eco­nomic sec­tors, In­dian-ori­gin US Congressman Raja Kr­ish­namoor­thi told ET in an exclusive interview. “The current US gov­ern­ment is tak­ing for­ward ini­tia­tives un­der­taken by the pre­vi­ous Obama Pres­i­dency to ex­pand Indo-US part­ner­ship,” said Kr­ish­namoor­thi, who was on his maiden trip to In­dia since his elec­tion to the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives in Novem­ber last year. “The tone and na­ture of bi­lat­eral ties is as con­sis­tent as be­fore. I am hope­ful that both In­dia and USA would be able to ex­pand their counter-ter­ror part­ner­ship through wider in­tel­li­gence shar­ing and ef­fec­tive co­or­di­na­tion.” Kr­ish­namoor­thi was the lone US Congressman who at­tended the maiden Indo-US Fo­rum, a plat­form es­tab­lished by In­dia’s ex­ter­nal af­fairs min­istry in col­lab­o­ra­tion with pub­lic pol­icy body Ananta Aspen Cen­tre for of­fi­cials, thought lead­ers and in­dus­try cap­tains to ex­change ideas to push bi­lat­eral part­ner­ship.

Re­fer­ring to the US’ fo­cus on the Indo- Pa­cific re­gion Kr­ish­namoor­thi said he hoped that Amer­ica would con­tinue to ex­pand is part­ner­ship with In­dia in the re­gion to en­sure free­dom of nav­i­ga­tion, along with over­all po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic sta­bil­ity.

Se­cu­rity and de­fence part­ner­ship is not the only area which has caught Kr­ish­namoor­thi’s at­ten­tion as he is keen to pro­mote Amer­i­can in­vest­ments in In­dia and vice versa. “While US in­vest­ments in In­dia are grow­ing we also need In­dian in­vest­ments in Amer­ica. I would wel­come In­dian FDI into my con­stituency that would also help to cre­ate jobs and boost growth,” said Kr­ish­namoor­thi, one of the four In­dian-ori­gin Con­gress­men in the current House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives. When asked about the role of the US Congress in im­mi­gra­tion re­forms, which di­rectly im­pact In­di­ans seek­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties in Amer­ica, the law­maker said that the ad­min­is­tra­tion will un­der­take com­pre­hen­sive and not piece­meal ap­proach while amend­ing the im­mi­gra­tion rules.

Kr­ish­namoor­thi, who rep­re­sents Illi­nois’ 8th con­gres­sional district, was born into a Tamil fam­ily in Delhi. His fam­ily moved to Buf­falo, New York, when he was three months old, so that his fa­ther could at­tend grad­u­ate school. From a hum­ble child­hood Kr­ish­namoor­thi went on to at­tend Prince­ton Univer­sity, where he earned a bach­e­lor's de­gree in me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing. He then re­ceived a Juris Doc­tor from Har­vard Law School. He later worked as a staffer on Barack Obama's 2000 elec­tion cam­paign for the United States House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives. Kr­ish­namoor­thi served as an is­sues di­rec­tor for Obama’s 2004 elec­tion to the United States Se­nate and was part of the team that worked on Obama’s Demo­cratic Na­tional Con­ven­tion key­note ad­dress that year.

The US ad­min­is­tra­tion will un­der­take com­pre­hen­sive and not piece­meal ap­proach while amend­ing the im­mi­gra­tion rules

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