About the Author: Atul Keshap serves as Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs.
Two years after leaving an assignment at U.S. Embassy New Delhi, I am back in Bangalore to get reacquainted with India and see the amazing research and innovation-focused interdependent and mutually reinforcing knowledge economy building up between our two countries. As the first stop in my week-long visit to India, Bangalore is a great place for me to explore how the United States and India can cooperate in space exploration and application, commercial aviation, information technology, and combating climate change.
With colleagues from U.S. Consulate General Chennai and U.S. Embassy New Delhi, I am meeting and touring GE, Boeing, Wipro, IBM, and the Reva electric car plant. In the photo, I am at Wipro's beautiful Bangalore campus speaking with Vasudev Nayak about the ways that Wipro symbolizes the economic partnership between our two countries. Wipro has worked hard to increase its U.S. presence and support for U.S. jobs by providing hosted and managed IT services in the United States, as well as employing Americans to work at those centers. Wipro also signed a joint venture with U.S.-based Cisco Systems to generate $1 billion of software sales business.
On July 20, I visited IBM, which sells powerful mainframes (made in the United States) that India uses to forecast weather for farmers, and process and print billions of railway tickets each year. GE is focused on cutting edge research and product development to enhance access to high-tech health care at a cost basis accessible to hundreds of millions of people in India. As an example, they've built affordable electro-cardiogram machines that can be used to diagnose some of the poorest people in India.
Clearly, the U.S. and Indian private sectors are applying heavy research and brainpower to solving humanity's most important challenges.
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