The Candidates on U.S. Policy toward India
Updated: July 24, 2007
Between its burgeoning economy and major nuclear deal with the United States, India’s international profile has soared in recent years. Outsourcing to India and India’s role combating environmental problems like climate change are among the issues that have figured in U.S. policy discussions. The Indian-American population neared two million as of the last census in 2000, and political lobbies like the U.S. India Political Action Committee (USINPAC) have become increasingly influential. Perhaps more than any past election, presidential candidates are making a concerted effort to appeal to this constituency and its top donors. Indian voters, according to USINPAC, want immigration reform, a strong geostrategic partnership between the United States and India, and a viable plan for combating HIV/AIDS and other public health crises in India.
Nearly all the candidates serving in Congress voted for groundbreaking legislation last year aimed at opening civilian nuclear cooperation between the United States and India as well as a range of other economic deals. That deal awaits final approval by both countries.