Republican Congressman George Holding today said the Indian diaspora is helping shape the narrative of the bilateral relationship between India and the US. For the strategic partnership to go further, Republican Congressman George Holding, however, underscored the need to strengthen defence partnership, in particular sharing and transferring of defence technologies, in addition to cybersecurity co-operation. Observing that “politics has ebbs and flows, but business ties endure”, Holding made a strong case for the role of the Indian diaspora in helping shape the narrative of the bilateral relationship between the two countries. Holding made the remarks in his keynote lecture at an event organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry and Hudson Institute.
The remarks came before a CII-Hudson Institute panel discussion ‘Innovation: Fueling the US – India Commercial Partnership’ featuring US and Indian companies. During the panel discussion, A Amarnath, senior vice president of Wipro, listed numerous innovation centres his company has established in the US from New Jersey to Atlanta, and detailed expanding operations in the US to respond to clients on a real-time basis. James Shapiro, resident director, North America of Tata Sons discussed the Tata Group’s successful history of partnering with US companies and the expansion plans of Jaguar Land Rover’s Portland incubator and research centre.
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Pratyush Kumar, President Boeing India reiterated that innovation is driven by competitiveness, and that while Boeing has been involved in many of the recent, high-profile defence sales between the US and India, his company maintains its R&D center in Bangalore to not miss any opportunities.