Time To Reset India-U.S. Ties: Indian-Americans

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WASHINGTON: With BJP leader Narendra Modi all set to become the Prime Minister, Indian-Americans feel that "policy paralysis" would be a thing of the past and they want India and the U.S. to reset their strategic relationship.

"The euphoria is over. Now the job begins. It is my belief that the two countries should look at some kind of a 100-day active effort to really build the relationship, which frankly has been at a low point (for some time now)," said Mr Rangaswami, an Indian-American entrepreneur.

Based in Silicon Valley, Mr Rangaswami is the founder of Indiaspora, which hosted the first ever Indian American inaugural ball for U.S. President Barack Obama in January 2013.

"This is the opportunity to say, here is the new Prime Minister. Let's work together. Let's build some trust and move forward," Mr Rangaswami said, adding the two countries should start their relationship by focusing on easy issues and not the contentious issues, like intellectual property rights.

For instance, President Obama could push for reforms of the UN Security Council with India being its permanent member and the Narendra Modi Government could announce visa on arrival for U.S. citizens, Mr Rangaswami said.

He said the move would immediately inject huge tourist dollars into India and also build trust with the U.S.
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Source: PTI
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