About the Author: Atul Keshap serves as Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs.
South of Mumbai in the State of Karnataka, the city of Bangalore sits at the center of Southern India. Over the past 20 years, Bangalore has become a well-known center for Indian enterprise as it is sometimes referred to as the “Silicon Valley of India.” As one of the fastest growing cities in India, it serves as a central nucleus for India's IT and other major industries.
Following my visits to IBM and Wipro, it's clear that Bangalore is the hub of India's private enterprise and now, along with Hyderabad, even a hub of American enterprise as well. India's enormous economic growth and consumer market make it a natural partner with U.S. commerce. As our countries continue to move forward, there will be great potential for both of our economies to complement one another.
Continuing with our program tour, my U.S. Consulate General Chennai and U.S. Embassy New Delhi colleagues and I had the opportunity to meet in Bangalore with the team behind Mahindra Reva electric cars. Reva is one of the world leaders in electric cars, having produced three thousand of them since 2001. Reva hopes electric cars will induce consumers worldwide to reduce their use of hydrocarbons during routine in-city commuting, thereby reducing emissions and using energy more efficiently. Reva is focused on expansion, including a possible manufacturing unit that could create jobs in the United States. They also have American engineers on their team, symbolizing the convergence of our knowledge-intensive economies in tackling energy and climate change challenges.
I am inspired by the potential that commercial cooperation between the United States and India has for the mutual benefit of both of our economies in terms of job creation and new product development -- and it's just a start. In touring the facilities and in speaking with Indian executives and workers here, it is clear we have so much to gain from each other and we are clearly moving forward together!