Indiaspora hosts bilateral dialogue on the sidelines of Modi visit

Members of Congress, policy experts and Indian American community leaders attend the event.

Navneet Chugh of Chugh LLP speaking at the Indiaspora “Bilateral Dialogue” in Washington, DC, on June 26. Others seen are (left to right): Rick Rossow, Wadhwani Chair in U.S.-India Policy Studies at CSIS; Sriram Viswanathan, Founding Managing Partner, IndusAge Global Capital Managers; Vikram Singh, Vice President for National Security and International Policy at the Center for American Progress; former Indian Ambassador to the US Nirupama Rao; and Raju Chinthala, founder of the Asian-American Indiana PAC (right).

Indian American community organization Indiaspora hosted its 5th U.S.-India Bilateral Dialogue at The Hay-Adams Hotel on June 26, coinciding with the Washington visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The daylong dialogue featured members of Congress, India experts and Indian American community leaders.

“The 5th Indiaspora Dialogue discussed three topics — politics, policy and philanthropy,” Indiaspora founder M.R. Rangaswami told the American Bazaar. “Members and special guests had candid conversations on how they could help make the US-India relationship a defining partnership for the 21st century.”

Indian American Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) spoke at the panel on politics.

The panel on policy was addressed by Vikram Singh of the Center for American Progress, Rick Rossow, the Wadhwani Chair in U.S.-India Policy Studies at CSIS, and former Indian Ambassador to the United States Nirupama Rao.

Those who spoke at the philanthropy session included Rangaswami; Preeti Sinha, Senior President and Global Convenor of the Yes Institute at Yes Bank Limited; Shiv Khemka, Vice Chairman of the Sun Group and Chairman of The Global Education & Leadership Foundation; Ashok Mago, founder Chairman of Greater Dallas Indo American Chamber; Sriram Viswanathan, Founding Managing Partner at IndusAge Global Capital Managers, LLC; and Deven Verma, founder of Edgewood Ventures, LLC.

Renowned composer and musician Kanniks Kannikeswaran (right) with Bay Area couple Mira and Ajay Shingal at the Indiaspora reception in Washington, DC, on June 26. The Shingals pledged to create a $4.4 million endowment fund that will create the Mira and Ajay Shingal Center for Dharma Studies at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California in 2015.

Indiaspora also hosted a community reception on Sunday evening attended by the next generation of Indian American leaders who were visiting DC for Modi’s visit and local Indian American leaders.

Attendees included Ohio State Representative Niraj Antani; Shekar Narasimhan, Co-chair of the Democratic National Committee’s Indo-American Council; Sadanand Dhume of the American Enterprise Institute; Medha Jaishankar, a Los Angeles-based film and television producer, and Brigadier General Balan Ayyar, the first Indian American general officer in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Dave Ramaswamy (left), a partner at Allied Venture, Kristin Ayyar (center) and Brig. Gen. Balan Ayyar, the first Indian American general to serve in the US Air Force, at the Indiaspora reception in Washington, DC, on June 26.

 

This story was updated on July 3, 2017.

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