As part of celebrations of 75 years of diplomatic relations between India and the US, the US embassy in New Delhi posted a unique video.
The video featured well known members of the Indian diaspora talking about their journey. People -to-people ties are at the heart of the bilateral relationship said the US Embassy.
“We’re celebrating 75 years of US-India relations with some of the most iconic and accomplished members of the Indian diaspora. Our people-to-people ties are the heart of our partnership. Cheers to our deep and growing relationship and on to 100,” tweeted the US Embassy in India.
The video posted by the embassy included messages from prominent India-Americans such as former Pepsico CEO Indra Nooyi, India born-American filmmaker Mira Nair and writer and TV personality Padma Lakshmi. Actress Priyanka Chopra and tabla maestro Zakir Hussain were also featured.
In the video, US Charge d’Affaires Patricia Lacina said, “This year we celebrate the 75 anniversary of US-India relations. The foundation of our partnership lies in the personal friendship formed over the years between individual Americans and Indians as they studied, worked, lived and learned together.”
The joint statement released after the 2+2 ministerial dialogue between India and US held this week in Washington spoke about the two “natural and trusted partners” celebrating 75 years of diplomatic relations.
India’s External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar had also referred to the contribution of the Indian diaspora in fostering bilateral relations in a speech at a Washington university. “The 4.4 million Indian diaspora has literally defined our image in this society and helped forge relationships that are an enormous source of strength for us. At its centre are students, academics, and professionals who have contributed to America’s progress even as they remained a bridge between the two societies,” he said.
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