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It was my first visit ever to the United States of America. I was excited to travel from India to the land of opportunities and resources. Through the Regional English Language Office (RELO), U.S. Embassy, New Delhi, I received the grant from the U.S. Department of State to participate in the TESOL 2018 Convention that was held from March 26 to 30, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. As a trainer of the English Access Microscholarship Program, I got this opportunity to participate in workshops on issues and practices in English language teaching and interact with well-known experts from all over the world.


On Sunday, March 25, I arrived in Chicago around 3.30 p.m. It was exhilarating to breathe the chill breeze of the windy city when I stepped out of the O’Hare International Airport.


Traveling from a region where there are only three seasons—hot, hotter and hottest—a temperature of 6° C was awfully cold for me and I had to wear layers of clothes to keep myself warm.


The Conference Venue: McCormick Place, Chicago

I went to the conference venue at McCormick Place a little earlier to spend the day meeting with different participants and to learn more about TESOL activities. It was so heartwarming to see people greet each other, pickup friendly chats to share their expectations and listen to the others’ teaching-learning experiences. I could sense a different world around me. At the reception for new members and first time attendees in the evening, I had the chance to interact with teachers and students from different parts of the world. For the first time, I felt that there was so much to learn and experience beyond my classroom.


A Wide Range of Topics

There were more than 6,000 participants and hundreds of parallel sessions, presentations or discussions on a wide range of topics and research areas scheduled to take place during the conference days. It is hard to choose sometimes when you have so much on your plate. Yet, I concentrated mostly on attending sessions, workshops, discussions or presentations that focused on Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL), curriculum design for ESL, and communicative teaching methodologies (CLT) as these areas are closely linked to the Access curriculum. My only priority was to collect as much information as possible in terms of brochures, booklets and books.


AE Teacher Program Alumni Meet

At the convention, there were opportunities to meet a few fellow Access teachers from all over the globe. We all had a meeting with Curtis Chan and other personnel from the U.S. Department of State. There was so much sharing about the benefits of the online courses that we had pursued through AE Teacher Program. Indeed, a great deal of networking of Access teachers was taking place.    


The Electronic Village

As I was very interested in integrating technology into teaching and learning in English classrooms, I had spent most of the time at Electronic Village trying to have hands-on experiences on using different educational tools and web resources for effective teaching and learning. The sessions were complementary to the learning I had from the online course with Iowa State University through the AE Teacher program: “Using Educational Tools in English Classroom.”


Books and Publishers

There were numerous publishers and booksellers who had their stalls with latest publications on a variety of topics and tons of resources related to ELT/ESL context. I could buy a few books related to ELT and my doctoral research and also interact with e-content providers on integrating their ESL software programs, if possible, in my workplace.


What I Learned From My Travel

The convention was in many ways an eye-opener for me as it had shown me a completely different academic environment. I was indeed exposed to the American academic culture which helped me learn many things related to teaching, research and curriculum preparation. I could identify that the conduct of the entire convention was highly systematic and professional. The presentations and discussions made simple the complexity of most of the ELT approaches, concepts and contents. The hands-on experience with certain methodologies and concepts, especially at Electronic village, boosted my confidence level.  I would not be exaggerating to say that I became empowered as an ESL teacher learning new concepts, methodologies and strategies that are not available currently in India. The visit to Chicago to participate in TESOL Convention 2018 has opened incredible avenues for my professional development.


Francis Xavier is a trainer, U.S. Access Microscholarship Program, U.S. Consulate General Chennai. He is also an assistant professor of English at Loyola College, Chennai




How do you think the U.S. presidential election will impact U.S.-India relations?
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According to my perspective, the U.S.A. ELECTIONS of 2016 will be affecting least to the emerging bonding of INDIA and that of U.S.A. itself. INDIA being a developing economy has been constantly making fair diplomatic relations with U.S.A. whether it be in terms of social or economics fields. 


According to some facts and figures which I have been observing, INDIA under the prime minister ship of SHRI NARENDRA MODI has awaken a bold relationship with the United States of America (under the President ship of MR. BARACK OBAMA). The world history give the proof for such progress. Both U.S.A. and INDIA are equally accountable for the same. As the current scenario states India will soon bypass the Chinese economy. The benefit it is getting from the investments made by U.S.A.’S companies (mainly MNC’s - Multi National Corporation) are just beyond what was expected to be achieved. Even the deals and developmental projects in the field of science and technology are proven facts that the bonding between the two nations are helping in increasing their particular economies, setting an example towards the world's economy and rising the standard of living of the common people as a whole. The job opportunities, education facilities and  health facilities are attracting more deals or treaties to be signed by both the nations. And also the strategic treaties signed by both the Countries are helping India for developing a strong defense system which is making it more reliable towards the U.S.A. Even the societies of both the nation states are getting modified day by day. The culture and traditions of both the countries are equally been shared and respected. 


Now, in such a case we cannot say that the U.S.A. ELECTIONS for 2016 will have a drastic  affect on the meaningful relationship of both the states. Whosoever wins the U.S.A.’s Election of 2016 for the post of president as well as vice-president whether it may be the candidate from a Republicans party or a democratic party or that of the libertarian party, no coming leader will wish to harm or end such a profitable relationship. No leader will tend to modify such a fruitful relationship in a way which will be affecting both the economies - one which is growing at a rapid pace(INDIA) and second which is the vast and developed economy of the world(UNITED STATES OF America). 


The main reasons which I consider to be the pillar of INDIA-U.S.A. Relation are as follows :-

=> Both of them are having a strong past.

=> Both the states have been recognised at the international level.

=> Both of them shares strong diplomatic bond.

=> Economic policies of both the states are keen to increase via the resources which are being shared through many treaties.

=> Both states are socially and culturally respectable to each other.


As a conclusion, I will wish to state that as we know that every coin has two sides, this new phase coming in the way of United States of America may bring some impact to the India’s economy or towards its relationship with the country but not in a way that there political, diplomatic or economic and social environment to be questioned or harmed. 


Ending my perspective I will say that the coming years for both the states will be more fruitful and profitable. 

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this contest entry are those of the author and do not reflect the views, positions or policies of the U.S. Government


How do you think the U.S. presidential election will impact U.S.-India relations?
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India and USA are two great democracies. Democracy of USA was born some 240 years back whereas India’s democracy is 70 years old.  USA always attracted best talents from across the world.


Being a democratic country, with abundant talent and intellectuals, India came closer to USA.


Though both the countries came closer, ideological differences exist. For example USA was deeply engaged in wars.  Fought wars against dictators in Libya, Iraq.

Whereas India remained economically poor due to rule of mogul emperors and British rule for several centuries draining the wealth. Further India never waged war against any country, but had to defend its territory, when war was forced on it,  by fighting  war with China, Pakistan .


Further India had large numbers of spiritual leaders, who appear to have dictated the thought process of many intellectuals, in the world. Nonviolence became the guiding philosophy, by and large.


Right now relationship between India and USA is at the peak. Thanks to the Prime Minister Modi  and USA President Barak  Obama . Modi is focused on development. Obviously,   he looks at the  most developed USA , though prevailing conditions are different. However the growing of terrorism in the world has created road block in the peace path, thus questioning the thought process of both the secular countries.


By and large, Indians favour Democratic Party in USA, as we are closer to socialism being sovereign democratic republic. Republican Party always presented itself as party of capitalists and practised capitalism.


Basically relationship between India and USA is very strong, and presidential election, may not affect unless major policy change is made by the new administration. India’s wish list is as follows.

1. USA should continue to lead the world in destroying Terrorism.

2. USA should stop financial and military aids to Pakistan, and ensure dismantling of terrorist training camps in Pakistan..

3. Curb the ISIS at the global level with the help of NATO;  India can help in developing logistics using technology to support USA.

4. USA should continue to employ Indians, particularly in IT, BT in the mutual interest.

5. USA should provide defence technology so that India applies the Technology to manufacture the defence equipment for USA.


If Hillary Clinton wins the presidential elections, she may continue to pursue the foreign policy that was practised by Obama administration, being a democrat. However, in reality,  Obama was not able to enforce Pakistan to dismantle terror groups nor did he ensure the aids to Pakistan, are used for curbing terrorism. Even ISIS was allowed to expand to some 30 countries, it is believed.


On the contrary Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump appears dynamic and aggressive. He wishes to go out to destroy ISIS in the world with the help of NATO power.


Since Pakistan has demonstrated that it cannot stop terrorist activities, Trump might take drastic steps to curb aids thus make Pakistan weaker militarily as well as financially, in spite of China’s support. China’s economy can be made weak, if there are global   sanctions against it,  for supporting terrorism. In this condition world may have to live without cheap goods from China.


Though Donald Trump may appear like a cow boy from Hollywood of early twentieth century, who goes all out to win a fight, he lacks experience and diplomacy, not knowing the long term impact of his decisions.   Example he once talked about disallowing Muslims to USA and spoke poorly about Mexican immigrants not knowing its impact on USA. Trump may even put a break on qualified immigrants, in the hope of jobs for the locals.  Such populist measures may boost his image as short time gain, but this will impact India substantially and may strain the relationship.


Finally the way Presidential election campaign is heading, it appears that there will not be considerable strain of relationship even if drastic measures are taken by Republicans, as USA has many wise men and a powerful media that can change the route map of President.   

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this contest entry are those of the author and do not reflect the views, positions or policies of the U.S. Government


Impact of U.S. Presidential Elections on Indo-U.S. Relations
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A kind of media-made hype has invaded our lives. Will she or will he? But I feel, as November comes and goes that the US-India will not be much impacted, if at all. Both are big multicultural democracies who have steadied their relationships through past misunderstandings.


As for the candidates themselves, it seems that both have fans here. In Hillary Clinton’s case, when she was placing a wreath at Mother Teresa’s coffin in then Calcutta, I remember people clapping. It was 1997, and a funeral! Also, there was this not-quite-remote town, where hundreds of Trump fans were doing a yagna for the success and well-being of their Donald Trump! Relations will not deteriorate; at least, I am sure. Even here, there are admirers of Clinton’s hairstyle. I got praised for my flat heels recently, for the first time in two decades, because Clinton opts for flats! And the Good Wife role is something the middle class looks up to. As for Donald Trump, the earliest outsourcer who created so many jobs, here, and yet, the ultimate self-made man who displays a frankness unlike seasoned, dissimulating politicians – he, too, has his adherents, though they may not be voters.


On a more serious level, in the US, as I feel, neither the Democrats nor the Republicans can alienate Asians. The USA has to buttress itself against China, so India is the option now, rather than Pakistan, whose development of an economic corridor with China causes concern.


There will be some sort of influence or impact on the election expenses. In India, our political parties are funded by donations from business houses, or, as Leftists give out coupons, money trickles in. The US system of dinner-donor might influence the people managing election campaigns more. The Aam Aadmi Party had this ten thousand rupee thali system that they floated in Karnataka. Fundraising ideas do impact Indian life, because the professional image consultant of today has overtaken the family well-wisher.


Minor irritants are normal in any healthy, living body. So, too, in Indo-US relations, as the Devyani Khobragade episode – but if exposed, often victims prove to be otherwise – and mature relationships can weather all this and more. Because, carrying over of imperfect sympathies from yesteryears is now past. Commercial interests and geopolitical interests are of utmost concern today. Terrorism is something that can only be exterminated through collaboration between the two largest democracies. India is involved in protecting the environment as we are all a part of nature. Cooperation will be ushered in through collaborative removal of trade constraints. It appears that both the Democrats and the Republicans are favourably tilted towards our country.


So, as things go, the Indo-US relations will be very little impacted by the US Presidential elections.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this contest entry are those of the author and do not reflect the views, positions or policies of the U.S. Government



How do you think the U.S. presidential election will impact U.S.-India relations?
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 ‘…….For men may come and men may go,/ But  I go on forever.’


My  impression  on how to paint the impact of the U.S.  presidential election on  U.S.-India relations  starts with opening  up of the windows  color options . Though  I  will mainly use  paper color, there may be a mix of other colors .


That will depend  upon India’s relation with Pakistan and middle eastern countries on the one hand and Prime Minister  Modi’s success in opening up of the vast Indian market for the U.S. and her competitors.


Presidential  elections  will come and go at certain intervals but the people will go on forever, like the brook .


The  TV  shows of pre-election promises and  theoretical impacts appear so much irrelevant  in the post-election  days. This is the lesson of elections we have experienced over the decades.


Trump or Hillary, the Christian- Muslim–Chinese -and the other diaspora – mix proud  people  of America, from Washington to Florida and from Maine to California  and beyond will continue to live, flourish and perish, and continue to produce Nobel Prize winners and tech- innovators , and continue to extend the frontiers of democracy   as before, in spite of terror attacks within and without. In case of the no less proud people of India, from Kashmir to Kanniyakumari  and Gujarat to Arunachal, life will go on, climbing a meandering path from poverty to prosperity, with the helping hand from stakeholders like America .


Relations of the  two great countries like the U.S. and India over the past years were shaped by  democracy tempered  with  values of culture, talent,search for energy and higher education,safer and greener world, and of course by market. Not that all these are election-neutral, but what is increasingly more visible in the U.S.  presidential election of 2016 is a pressure on the candidates  for the American  domestic constituency . That may logically impact U.S.-India relations a bit, and the color of the artist’s brush may not always be paper.


Some wise men on the TV screen may try to make us agree that  impact of victory of  one candidate may  pave the way   to extinction of terrorism from the world – thereby allowing India and Pakistan to live and avoid the third world war , shutting down outsourcing shops particularly in India to create  jobs for the youth of America, and cutting taxes  for growth, while victory of the other candidate  may lead to world peace at the cost of some American blood in the middle east and elsewhere, cheaper oil and natural  gas, spread of   trade wings on vast markets of India, giving  a ticket to India for the nuclear suppliers’ group and to the Security Council. There may then  be many shades of red-green- blue hues in the U.S.-India relations.


I do not subscribe to this type of wisdom.  The world ,according to Sri Aurobindo, has to have the maturity to evolve to a better world, where life divine may descend , and India, he said, had the potentiality to show the way. Why not the U.S. and India be partners to usher in that better world? The U.S , though starting late, has become a great country. Yes, for the format, there will be elections in India and the U.S., and in all the democracies of the world, and the citizens must live in peace and tranquility, but let not the elections of a particular country impact its relations with others .


To  come back to what  I began with, elections  may come and elections  may go, but we two will go on for ever.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this contest entry are those of the author and do not reflect the views, positions or policies of the U.S. Government



How the U.S Presidential election will impact U.S-India relations
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The world is globally connected now by the way of free movement of goods and services, resources and people. Global politics play a very crucial role in this globalised world and this is the reason why any incident which took place in one country has its implication in another part of the world, for instance the Brexit global impact.


India and the United States of America (USA) are two biggest democratic countries in the world with India as the world’s fastest growing economy and the USA as the most powerful and the richest country in the world. A very important character of a globalized world is ‘one nation has to depend on another nation for increasing its own trades and business and resources’. It was in the year 1994 when Lee Hamilton, the House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman during Bill Clinton times, stressed the need for better ties with India.


Following grounds on which US and India relations can affect each other

1. Foreign Trade Policy,

2. Employment opportunities and

3. Personal interest of both the nations.


Political agenda of the Republican Party’s candidate Donald Trump (relevant to India)  

1. To reform immigration policies so that jobs for native Americans cannot be taken by other countries citizens, and

2. Economic vision to gear towards more investment, grow and produce in America.


The political agenda of the Democratic Party’s Hillary Clinton (relevant to India)

1. Trade reform policies that put US job creation first,

2. To oppose Trans Pacific Partnership and

3. Comprehensive immigration reform.


On immigration policies, According to Donald Trump, native Americans must first prioritise for the job and not the citizens of other nations, whereas According to Hillary Clinton, America is a nation of immigrants  and they should live with dignity, equality, and respect in America. If there be strict immigration policies according to the words of Trump then all those 10 million Indian immigrants who are employed to US must definitely be affected and thus it will affect India, whereas if by going to the words of Hillary Clinton it can be deduced that her Comprehensive immigration reform will not affect much to Indian citizens employed there and thus it will affect India positively.


On foreign policies and economic vision both the party’s candidates are of the similar view that is to gear more job opportunities in the US and to oppose any such policies which hinder the growth of US. Here if both the candidates have a common aim to increase more job opportunities then it will be good sign for India and if Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) types of treaty has been opposed and stopped then it would be again good for Indian markets to carry trade in the US on the same footing just like the other countries.


In present days, US and China’s relation are not good due to South China sea issue and US-China Trade reforms. If US has to strengthen his position in Asia then he has to take India on his side because India has a major economical and political role in Asia.  Also if India has to make a permanent position in United Nation Security council, to tackle with her neighbouring countries and to strengthen its trade then India has to cooperate with US.


Overall USA and India are in such a position that they both need mutual cooperation from each other not only for trade and commerce but for spreading peace across the world.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this contest entry are those of the author and do not reflect the views, positions or policies of the U.S. Government



The Impact of the U.S. Presidential Election on Indo-U.S. Relations
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It was once said: "If the British monarch sneezed, the world caught a cold" !  This may hold as true today for the person who occupies the Oval Office. Indians may live far from the United States but some here do follow the on-going election campaign with avid interest and wonder what the result will spell for our part of the world. On his daily jaunts around the neighbourhood, this writer has often had the good fortune to interact with auto-rickshaw drivers, cigarette-stall vendors and others.  Thanks to extensive media coverage, they sometimes voice concern about who will be the next US President. One even jocularly remarked: "Will it be Clinton Memsaab or that Man with the funny hair ?".


Our common folk may not be directly affected by such momentous events in a far-off land. However, the outcome of this election will have a deep impact on our national life in such areas as; our strategic relations with our immediate neighbours, our economic progress under a US Presidency favourably disposed towards India and, just as importantly, the people-to-people contacts vis-a-vis business, technological, educational and cultural interchanges between our two nations. 


Stronger Indo-US ties in the post-electoral years are vital to India's strategic and defence interests. Given the increasing tensions on our borders, it is now imperative to establish closer US-India bonds to eradicate our cross-border infiltration issues as well as the larger threat of international terrorism.  We need to strengthen our defence machinery through more advanced American Military technology and even, perhaps, work out newer strategic alliances with the US to protect our national integrity and sovereignty.


In matters economic, our two nations should widen existing avenues of trade and commerce to their mutual benefit.  We need also to entice more American entrepreneurs to invest in our Government's policy of  " Make-in-India " .  One wonders however, how such trading alliances would fare under the new White House occupant.


Above all, it is genuine people-to-people contact that will ensure the success of Indo-US relations post-electorally.  In the 1960s, Peace Corps volunteers' visits helped promote wonderful camaraderie between the youth of our two nations.  That was in the brief and shining moment of Kennedy's inspiring Presidency. What we need now is "Another Camelot" to promote true harmony and understanding between peoples through more inter-cultural and educational exchanges.  Which candidate can provide that only time will tell. 


Ultimately, how Indo-US relations shape up under the new President depends on whether s/he lives up to the universal faith in America as leader of the world's greatest democracy. "The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave" still inspires hope and courage in millions around the free world and those less fortunate.  It does not instil fear, never incites to violence, nor propagates an agenda of hatred or social injustice.  In the continuing struggle to contain and eliminate all terrorism, in the Herculean task of building an enduring peace globally and in the ceaseless effort to establish a truly egalitarian world order, America will always be in the vanguard.  If an intense bond of Indo-US 'bludbruderschaft' is forged to work for humanity's common good it will prove a monumental game-changer in twenty-first century politics.


Upholding the Homeric wanderer's motto: "To strive, to seek, to find and not to yield", the world's largest and the world's strongest democracies can, in the post- 2017 era, together fight and win the eternal battle for universal JUSTICE and the noble war for PEACE.  Such intimate US-India links can achieve not just the American or Indian Dream but humankind's dream of a veritable UTOPIA. Of that, we are confident.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this contest entry are those of the author and do not reflect the views, positions or policies of the U.S. Government



USA Presidential Election: Impact on India
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‘A vote is like a rifle: its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.” ― Theodore Roosevelt. It is well known to us that  USA Election this time appears to be crucial.  Therefore in January 2017 the world’s most powerful nation would elect a new leader, who would not act only a head of the state, but also the ‘commander in chief of the largest military on the planet’. Trade deal with India would be  surprising no matter   the democratic or republican who would win.  The Democrats are traditionally against  global trade and outsourcing of labours  to other country like India. In this regard the Democrats might not offer the best one for India. Republicans are more visionary when it comes to the policies on foreign trade and Republication president might offer a good exchange with India. The Democrats candidate had a ‘good runs with  Indian-Americans in the past’ and had a very  experienced foreign policy which was implemented rigorously. It could be  assumed that it would bring   good hope in the advancement of nuclear deal that had been supported by democrats since long time back.


Psycho social  impact would be as follows:  The role of emotion have drawn the attention of politician very recently. It was due to the belief that well run nation  are nicely designed with  the emotion and affect. Aggression, anger , envy , jealousy are to be dealt with such a manner so that there could be less accumulation of  negative  energy  in the mind of people.  India  is well known for transformation of society psych spiritually, no matter the democrats or the republicans who would win extend their hands in national and cultural aspects. The policy maker would give especial emphasis on motivation and emotion, leadership, conflict resolution and decision making. Another chief emphasis on India-USA relationship would be sociocultural aspects -giving promising rewards,  providing international exchange program, visiting fellowship, post-doctoral research avenues.  The Democrats and the republicans would go hand in hand with India.


Indeed India is a good position to deal with certain changes  due to the presidential election in USA. Last but not least hope for the best and prepare for the worst. To quote “When one with honeyed words but evil mind Persuades the mob, great woes befall the state.” EuripidesOrestes“Don't blow off another's candle for it won't make yours shine brighter.”  Jaachynma N.E. AguThe Prince and the Pauper.

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How do you think the U.S. presidential election will impact U.S.-India relations?
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Relations are the way in which two countries are connected and according to me elections might   lead to an upshot wherein people will think that election will have an impact on relations but the reality is elections won’t have any effect on U.S. - India relations. Elections will change the face of the person in power but cannot change the policies which are planned by the respective diplomats of two countries as these policies are not based on the time period of the person in power but these policies are in pipeline for years and their execution and implementation takes a lot of time but yes, one thing that can’t be ignored is the person in the power has lot to do to push these policies to reduce the time period of the process of these policies, so as they turn out as objective reality.



For instance – The Nuclear Deal between Iran and United States was in pipeline for long time but President Obama played an active role to complete this deal as the person in power becomes face and can thereby, reduce the time period of policy coming into existence or can delay it as per the interest of the country. The person in power can provide a push in getting things done without delaying it for longer period of time.


The real people who hold power are diplomats they decide the move of the country regarding relations and policies. The policies for external matters are drafted by the diplomats either pacts or anything they are the people who frame it and finally people in the power sign them, even for investing any amount of taxpayer’s money the president cannot simply do as he wants too, rather the president needs to first get the budget passed and approved by the U.S. Congress.


During on-going election campaign in United States, Donald Trump the presidential candidate from republicans said that he will cancel Paris Climate Agreement which is also not possible as such Agreement cannot be cancelled by the President. As country’s low emissions action plans cannot be changed by the President. During elections many things are said but issues or actions regarding foreign policies are handled by the senior executives or diplomats, the President cannot come and suddenly change the policies regarding a particular country.


Though as per reports by the Indian Media, Ms. Hillary Clinton if becomes the President will enhance ties with India as said by the John Podesta, Chairman of campaign committee for Ms.Hillary, he also stated that the future administration under Ms. Clinton will have notable presence of Indian- Americans.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this contest entry are those of the author and do not reflect the views, positions or policies of the U.S. Government



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How do you think the U.S. presidential election will impact U.S.-India relations?
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USA being a world superpower has lot of global impact under normal circumstances and when there is a change of leadership due next year when President Obama’s term comes to an end is highly anticipated with lot of anxiety and curiosity .With finalisation of US Presidential candidate’s nomination by both the democrats and republicans, the world pundits have started forecasting the impact on the globe for both the types of president who will occupy white house in Washington DC.


When it comes to South Asia the consequences of such a major change at world leadership has different implications for the many south Asian economies who are at different levels of economic maturity. India, in particular has been successful in establishing bilateral lies and forge a strategic partnership with the world’s largest economy in the past.  India today in the post financial crisis world is positioned strongly on the economic front where it is forecasted to be one fastest growing economies of world leaving behind China who is facing a threat of downturn due to credit fuelled investment boom coming to a bust. Also since India is one of the big consumers for USA’s goods, in particular defence equipment the question who gets elected as US president becomes less significant.


Hilary Clinton a democratic candidate has shown considerable support to India in the past in matters relating to terrorism whereas trump has shown significant positive attitude towards India in its speeches for the state sponsored terrorist states neighbouring India. India will be looking at US with keen interest on its trade policies with other big south Asian economies such as china where any attempt by the US to create manufacturing jobs back in US can benefit India inadvertently. India may get impacted if US takes a tough stance on its outsourcing policies and immigrant H1B visas for the Indian skilled technology workers.


Whether the white house seats a democratic or a republican president, it will be difficult for either of them to ignore India which is positioned well in the world’s economic platform.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this contest entry are those of the author and do not reflect the views, positions or policies of the U.S. Government