The highly successful visit of the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi , to the US cannot be described in a few words. The visit has not only strengthened, deepened, and broadened the ever-expanding relationship between the two nations, but it has also opened new vistas of relationship with the commitment to explore more in the future. The increasing trust between the people of India and the US can be seen translating into new ventures, which truly show that both nations have moved ahead, leaving behind the ‘historic hesitations’ of the past. The unprecedented honour and hospitality that were showered on the Prime Minister signifies the space that India has created in the hearts of the people of the US and how they now respect and value India as their partner and friend. No one can deny that the coming together of the world’s two largest democracies is not only in the interests of India and the US but of the entire world. It seems that both nations have realised what the Prime Minister said: “Together, we shall give a better future to the world, and a better world to the future”.
As the Prime Minister was welcomed with boundless enthusiasm by the Congressmen, CEOs, eminent personalities, media magnates, and Indian diaspora, his visit saw hectic schedules with many important meetings lined up, which resulted in crucial deals. On his first state visit to the US, while the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, was accorded the rare honour of addressing the joint session of the US Congress for the second time, he dwelt at length on how important it was for the world to see the India-US partnership grow and prosper. He emphasised that while
The unprecedented honour and hospitality that were showered on the Prime Minister signifies the space that India has created in the hearts of the people of the US and how they now respect and value India as their partner and friend
strengthening the two democracies may serve a larger purpose with democracy, demography, and destiny’ in mind, the India-US partnership may seek solutions to global challenges of climate change, hunger, and health. Apart from this, the India-US partnership is proving mutually beneficial, with orders from India creating millions of jobs in the US aerospace and defence sectors across its various states while the growth of US companies spurs research and development in India. At the same time, partnerships between both nations in semiconductors and critical minerals may help make the global supply chain ‘diverse, resilient, and reliable’.
While strengthening partnerships in emerging and critical areas is mutually beneficial and also beneficial to the world at large, the commitment to maintain peace and stability in the world with efforts to counter terror activities, stop bloodshed through diplomacy and dialogue, and take a stand against coercion and confrontation in the Indo-Pacific by ensuring that the region remains open, free, and inclusive are also the responsibilities of a democratic world order. India and the US have many responsibilities to shoulder as democracies and responsible nations.
As India progresses into ‘Amrit Kaal’ with the resolve of becoming Viksit Bharat in the coming 25 years, its huge potential is unleashed, opening new opportunities from local to global levels. The world is today realising that for many questions that still stare at the face of the world even in the 21st century, India may well become a part of the solution. In the last nine years, while India has taken huge leaps in many sectors, its initiatives at the global level have been supported and backed by most countries. The announcement of International Yoga Day, International Millet Year, the memorial of peacekeepers who laid their lives in line of duty, and Mission LiFE are some of the initiatives of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi that are creating a new international dimension of the Indian global approach. Today, when the idea of ‘Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam’ finds its expression in “One Earth, One Family, One Future”, India’s unflinching commitment to humanity seen during the Covid-19 pandemic and other trying times is getting acknowledged and recognized. In realising the vision of global destiny, the India-US relationship, in the words of the Prime Minister, “is primed for a momentous future. That future is today”.