Bengaluru: The Indian Diaspora has contributed to deepening ties between India and United States, said Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal today.
“Today, in America, Diwali is celebrated in every state of our Union, in schools and on college campuses – even in the White House. And today, in America, you can send your Diwali greeting card in the mail with the first ever Diwali stamp,” she remarked.
“Today, we see the results of those early struggles as Indian-Americans are leaders in the public life, in industry, and academia. Indian Americans are omnipresent in the cultural life of America and have as a result become a part of that rich American tapestry,” she said.
She added, “Some of the largest and most successful U.S. companies – Google, Microsoft, Pepsi, MasterCard – now have Indian-American CEOs”.
She said the success of the Indian diaspora in the United States is the story of America itself – independent, industrious, and ambitious people working for a better future for their family, their community, and their country.
Much, she said, has been said about the chemistry between President Obama and Prime Minister Modi.
“But, the seeds of that relationship were sown decades ago when a young Barack Obama soaked in the Indian influences of his college roommate and a young Narendra Modi traveled across the United States,” she remarked.