Hillary Clinton met with the top honchos of India Inc at the Taj Residency in Mumbai and expressed solidarity with the 26/11 attack victims and assured India that US is with India to put an end to such barbaric act and get the world rid of this gory violence and death. She did recognize Taliban-Qaida link to be a major threat but lot remained unsaid. Besides her views on India-Pakistan ties, Hillary Clinton met the Indian Prime Minister, congress chairperson and agreed on a defense pact that would sell sophisticated American weapons to India. India have signed on “end-use monitoring” agreement that is essential for US weaponry sales.
Hillary Clinton on IT business:
However, the breakfast meeting with corporate India dealt with subjects ranging from protectionism to outsourcing. She did put opinion on President Obama’s comment on to stop outsourcing and to bring jobs from Bangalore to Buffalo. She diplomatically spoke that it is friendly competition that has been talked about and there is not protectionist policy being adopted by US government. But, on the other hand she did claim that outsourcing is a genuine problem in US and that back home her government needs to look into it with serious thoughts.
Madam Senator on Education:
Ina special interaction with the students of St. Xaviers College and interview with Arnab Goswami, of Times Now, US Secretary of State was greatly impressed with the Teach India campaign and praised involvement of celebrity icon Aamir Khan in this great initiative. She emphasized that global prosperity lies in collaboration and co-operation among countries and among people. This is important to bridge the gap between talent and opportunities. She also went in to praise India’s technical education and says it to be the best in the world.
US Secretary of State on Environment:
Hillary at the opening of the ITC Green Center in Gurgaon spoke her mind out and said that this building will soon be one of the monuments of 21st century. Referring to her visit earlier as the First lady at the Taj Mahal, she says that ITC Green building will soon become a stopover in the India’s Tourist Map just as the other wonders of the world.
US wants India to sign on the dotted lines to put a restriction on carbon emission but India is reluctant to do so as it is believed that India figures quite low in statistical data of carbon emission and feels it would be detrimental to its growing industries (US is responsible for 20 percent of carbon emission while India accounts only 1.8 tonnes per capita). Madam Senator was quick to state that US will not impose any restrictions on India that would be unfavorable for India’s growth and development.
Hillary Clinton on Agriculture:
Cutting-edge technology should be incorporated to harp greater benefit and to raise crop yields. She visited Indian Agricultural Research Institute and was vocal about the need to identify the root causes of hunger. It is important to begin with the next generation of agrarian economy but was tight lipped on emotive GM (genetically-mapped) food crops.
Hillary’s visit impact on Defense:
Besides sale of US weapons to India, India did approve two sites for US firms to build two nuclear power plants.