India-US Defense Dialogue for Parliamentary Delegation

 
L-R: MP Harish Chandra Meena, MP Jayadev Galla, MP Rajeev Satav, MP Neeraj Shekhar, MP Sushmita Dev, Dr. Didar Singh, MP Jay Panda, Douglas Feith, Kenneth Weinstein, Dr. Aparna Pande, Harshvardhan Neotia, Ambassador Husain Haqqani, Ridhika Batra. Not pictured MP Anurag Thakur.

L-R: MP Harish Chandra Meena, MP Jayadev Galla, MP Rajeev Satav, MP Neeraj Shekhar, MP Sushmita Dev, Dr. Didar Singh, MP Jay Panda, Douglas Feith, Kenneth Weinstein, Dr. Aparna Pande, Harshvardhan Neotia, Ambassador Husain Haqqani, Ridhika Batra. Not pictured MP Anurag Thakur.

On September 14th, the Hudson Institute in conjunction with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) hosted a delegation of Indian Members of Parliament who belonged to the India-US Forum of Parliamentarians. The group comprised of Baijayant ‘Jay’ Panda (Biju Janata Dal Party), Anurag Thakur (Bharatiya Janata Party), Harish Chandra Meena (Bharatiya Janata Party), Neeraj Shekhar (Samajwadi Party), Jayadev Galla (Telugu Desam Party), Rajeev Satav (Indian National Congress), and Sushmita Dev (Indian National Congress). 

The American public and private sector was represented by the Cohen Group and Lockheed Martin. Congressman Jim Cooper (Tennessee), Member, House Armed Services Committee also attended the roundtable discussion on India-US defense ties. 

L-R: Ambassador Husain Haqqani, Dr. Aparna Pande, Congressman Jim Cooper

Clockwise: Douglas Feith, Harshvardhan Neotia, MP Neeraj Shekhar, Ambassador Husain Haqqani, Dr. Didar Singh, Dr. Aparna Pande

All participants agreed that the India-US defense relationship has come a long way in the last two decades. There has been a paradigm shift and a deepening trust between the two countries. The issues discussed ranged from geopolitical (concerns over terrorism, Pakistan, Afghanistan and the rise of China) to economic and administrative (issue of offsets, transfer of technology and bureaucratic inertia).

In the last two years, Prime Minister Modi has made four visits to the United States. His most recent visit included a speech before the U.S. Senate where Modi celebrated the fact that India and the United States have moved beyond the “hesitations of history.” That by the end of 2016 India’s Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar and US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter would have met seven times demonstrates how far the two countries have moved in the last twenty-six months.