CONGRESSIONAL INDIA CAUCUS
Co-chair Joseph Crowley says:
administration positively engaged with India
equipment & dual use
commercial products offer
good scope to enhance trade
by Indian companies overlooked
his current term the Bush administration has been positively engaged
with India but on a global scale "I find it unfortunate that
India is the only expansion of Clinton policy the Bush administration
has followed through with", says Mr. Jospeh Crowley,
Democratic Co-chair of the Congressional India Caucus in
an interview with Amitabha Sen. Referring to the
"tremendous support" the US received from India post 9/11,
he said the spin-off effect of such support could be seen in increased
military-to-military trainning exercises. "Developing
these relationships builds trust and understanding that cannot be
overlooked." On the prospects of bilateral trade Mr. Crowley
finds immense potential in military equipment as well as dual use
commercial products. On outsourcing he said: "What you are
not seeing is Indian companies investing in the United States, such
as Mahindra, Tata, Infosys and others, as well as the potential
for companies, both Indian and Americans to serve a growing middle
class in India."
How would you like to assess the Indo-US relations
during the Bush regime?
I think the Bush administration has been positively engaged with
India over the past four years. However, on a more global scale,
I find it unfortunate that India is the only expansion of Clinton
policy the Bush administration has followed through with. If the
Bush administration continued with some of the Clinton policies
we might not find ourselves in so many precarious positions like
we see with just one example of North Korea.
Post 9/11 India's immediate response to the
US call to join the war against terrorism had brought significant
transformation in the relationship between these two countries.
What spin-off effects of such decision of the Indian government
you had expected of the US Administration and where they are today?
support the US has received from India has been tremendous. Some
of the spin off effect as you have
referred to it can be seen with the increased military to military
training exercises. We had the first ever air force exercises as
well as naval ground and Special Forces exercises. Developing these
relationships builds trust and understanding that cannot be overlooked.
One important decision that both the countries
took is to re-energize the bilateral Economic Dialgoue agreed upon
by President Bush and Prime Minister Vajpayee
in 2001. The Indo-US bilateral trade has increased substantially
with the balance in favour of India. Could you suggest steps
that both the countries should take to raise it to a greater level?
think trade in military equipment as well as dual use commercial
products can help to give an advantage
to the US. From speaking with Indian officials I know the interest
exists to purchase many of these products. As the US and India continue
to forge closer ties I believe these sales will start to begin.
Could you tell us the areas where Indian Americans
can help effectively and meaningfully towards building up
a stronger India, particularly in the fields trade and economy and
eradication of poverty?
you know I am the Co-chair of the Caucus on India and Indian Americans.
Sometimes people forget that
second part but the Indian American community has been tremendous
in their support of their homeland. My experience with the community
is that besides building schools and sending money back they are
also working with the Indian government to enhance India's economy
through the knowledge and skills they've learned abroad.
The recent controversy over 'outsourcing'
to India is seen by many as a temporary political hue and cry as
most of the US corporations are to substantially cut costs in order
to survive, grow and expand in coming years and outsourcing can
be one such effective cost-cutting measures.
What do you feel about the
prospect of BPO so far as India is concerned? Is it a real threat
to Indian IT industry or it's the other way round?
that what you have seen is a political reaction in the United States
to the close to 3,000,000 jobs lost in the last four years of the Bush presidency. Right now
what you are seeing is American companies looking to India for outsourcing.
What you are not seeing is Indian companies investing in the United
States, such as Mahindra, Tata, Infosys and others, as well as the
potential for companies, both Indian and Americans to serve a growing
middle class in India. A company like GE may have a substantial
presence in India to serve the US market, but in 10-15 years time
this investment could be predominantly serving the Indian market.
is view on Kashmir issue?
has been an ongoing problem that needs to find a resolution. Too
many people have lost their lives over this conflict. But I must
say that I strongly believe before any agreement can be reached
Pakistan must end all official or unofficial support of terrorist
activity in Kashmir. Peace cannot be achieved while one of the peacemakers
continues to undermine negotiations through support of terrorism.
you identify areas and suggest political steps that may in effect strengthen further the
Indo-US understanding wiping out whatever hesitancy or misgivings
still might be affecting the bilateral relationship of these two
don't think I can point out any specific areas but I strongly encourage
increased dialogue between
our two nations. As long as our two nations continue high level
talks I believe any misgiving can be resolved.
The US government
is yet to take a clear stand on India's demand for Security Council
membership. On the other hand India is asked to sign NNPT without
officially recognizing the country as a nuclear power. Your views
strongly support India's bid to become a member of the UN Security
Council. In fact I am a co-sponsor
of a bill in Congress supporting India's accession to the council. I
know official US policy has been not to endorse any one country
but I believe that India is a strong candidate.
President Bush is voted back to power again, what strategy you would
be expecting from his government in terms of strengthening both
political and economic relations with India further?
the President is reelected I believe his administration will continue
on the path that President Clinton
lead on continued engagement with India.
In case the Democrat candidate wins over,
would you be expecting any dramatic change in Indo-US relationship?
expect to see any dramatic changes. Senator Kerry has a strong understanding
of foreign policy and the importance of India as a strong ally.