USINPAC congratulates Indian-American Raja Krishnamoorthi for winning the Chicago Democratic nomination

Raja KrishnamoorthiRenowned businessman and legislative genius Raja Krishnamoothi was a front-runner for the 8th Congressional District race, who registered a glorious win in the Democratic Congressional primary in the State of Illinois, defeating the state Senator.

Krishnamoorthi’s victory is an inspiration to all Indian Americans and this historic opportunity represents a chance of a lifetime for the current and future generations. It is a matter of immense pride and the dawn of new shinning hope among all Indian Americans, for another individual of Indian blood to be elected to the US House of Representatives in the November general elections. Krishnamoorthi polled 57 percent of votes defeating his arch rivals – State Senator Mike Noland, who bagged 29 percent and Deb Bullwinkel at 13 percent.

Raja Krishnamoorthi hails from New Delhi, India and graduated with a mechanical engineering degree from Princeton University, New Jersey, followed by a degree with honors in Law from Harvard in the year 2000. He served as a policy director and advisor for Barrack Obama’s US Senate campaign in 2004 as well as the Presidential campaign in 2008. He is currently the President of Sivananthan Labs and Episolar Inc that manufacture and sell products in the national security and renewable energy industries. He is also the co-founder of Inspire, a nonprofit organization and has served as the Vice Chairman of Illinois Innovation Council.

USINPAC was honored to host a radio interview with Raja Krishnamoorthi where he spoke about his vision and ideas about the new economy- including strengthening the quality of life of working families, making college affordable, bolstering small businesses, reforming immigration system and improving America’s infrastructure. More importantly, he stressed on pursuing and bringing about changes in economic equality, social security, healthcare and advocating policies to increase minimum wages.

Source:  The New Indian Express

USINPAC Urges Appointment Of Indian American To US Supreme Court

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USINPAC Urges Appointment Of Indian American To US Supreme Court
Created White House Petition for Indian Americans to Sign and Show their Support


USINPAC Urges Appointment Of Sri Srinivasan To Us Supreme Court
February 15, 2016 Contact: info@usinpac.com
USINPAC announced today its support of President Obama to nominate one of the several qualified Indian American to the US Supreme Court, including Justice Sri Srinivasan.  In connection with such announcement, USINPAC has created a petition on the White House’s official website for Indian Americans to sign and show their support for such a nomination, a link to which can be found HERE.  Also, USINPAC announced that it has a lobbying strategy in place to support an Indian American nominee to the US Supreme Court.  All US Supreme Court appointees must be nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate, and USINPAC’s decade long history and experience of advocacy for Indian Americans on Capitol Hill will be a key asset supporting Srinivasan or any other Indian American if nominated by Obama.

USINPAC’s advocacy strategy is one that has never been seen before by any ethnic community in the United States, and has been developed because of the high stakes of this appointment.  A US Supreme Court justice is one of the greatest honors that can be bestowed upon an American because such justice would be able to shape US laws for decades to come and forever be etched in American history.  USINPAC’s advocacy strategy includes multiple Congressional briefings, several in person meetings with key Senators whose approval is needed to confirm the Justice, and unleashing the energy from the Indian American grassroots across the country to encourage their Senators to approve such justice.  All aspects of their strategy have been successfully employed before by USINPAC for other issues over the past decade, and will be refocused to support an Indian American Supreme Court nominee.

“President Obama should know that if he nominates Srinivasan or any of the other several qualified Indian Americans to serve on the US Supreme Court, USINPAC is standing ready to advocate for his or her confirmation and will expend every effort towards that end” said Sanjay Puri, Chairman of USINPAC. “Having an Indian American on the US Supreme Court is a once in a life time opportunity and supporting an Indian American’s confirmation by the U.S. Senate will be our top priority.”

Srinivas currently serves as a justice on the U.S. Court of Appeals DC Circuit and has been appointed to judicial positions by both President Obama and President Bush, and such appointments have been supported by both Democrats and Republicans.  Several other Indian Americans have been named in media reports, and USINPAC urges President Obama to appoint any one of them due to their exceptional qualifications, including but not limited Neal Katyal, former Acting Solicitor General of the United States, and Kamala Harris, the Attorney General of California and a US Senate candidate.

About USINPAC:

The US India Political Action Committee (USINPAC) is the voice of over 3.2 million Indian- Americans and works on issues that concern the community. It supports candidates for local, state and federal office and encourages political participation by the Indian- American community.

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Indian-American nominated to the US Advisory Board on Human Trafficking

HaroldMIT SOGUS President Barack Obama has nominated Indian-born Harold D’Souza, a victim of human trafficking, to the key post

In a world torn by war and unrest, the story of a victim-turned-policymaker comes as a shining beacon of hope for the world to be inspired by. In a recent highly admirable move, President Obama nominated Harold D’Souza, an Indian-American victim of human trafficking, to a key position on the US Advisory Council on Human Trafficking.

Harold D’Souza was born in Vadodara, a city in the Indian state of Gujarat. He secured an L.L.B. and an M.Com. degree from the Maharaja Sayajirao University in Vadodara before taking up a job as a Sales Manager in India. As a result of a series of unfortunate events, Harold landed up becoming a victim of labor trafficking and debt bondage. Finding his feet in the United States of America, Harold went on to pull himself out of his debilitating circumstances with the active support of the system for protection of victims of such crimes.

By 2008, Harold had become a Senior Supply Chain Associate with the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, a position he has held since then. He was a founder member of the National Survivors Network (NSN), which was launched by the Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST) in 2011, and he has also been active with End Slavery Cincinnati. His work against slavery and human trafficking was given special recognition by the Greater Cincinnati Human Trafficking Conference 2015, where he was invited to be an advocate to create awareness about the issue.

His nomination to the US Advisory Council on Human Trafficking by the President himself comes as a welcome acknowledgment of his struggle as a victim as well as a socially responsible survivor of human trafficking in the USA. This move is likely to help foster better Indo-American relations with respect to the protection of human rights and ending slavery, both causes India is dedicated towards.

We at USINPAC stand staunchly against evil practices like debt bondage, slavery and human trafficking, at a national as well as international level. We are proud supporters of Harold D’Souza and the global fight against all such brutalization of human rights and dignity. We, along with the entire Indian-American community, wish Harold well and hope that his appointment will prove highly effective in creating strong Indo-American advocacy towards ending slavery and human trafficking.

Source: Business Standard

Preparations underway for Indian defense minister Parrikar’s visit to the US

US-India Bilateral Strategic Relations to Reach High Point

Manohar ParrikarHigh level meetings are in full swing in preparation for Indian defence minister Manohar Parrikar’s visit, to the US, this week. The visit will carry forward the Defence Trade and Technology Initiative (DTTI) as both countries work towards greater collaboration in joint development and manufacture of next-generation military technology.

Keeping the visit in mind, senior defence officials discussed common regional security interests, new ways to engage militarily and strengthen military to military ties at the 14th US-India Defence Policy Group (DPG) held at the Pentagon on Nov 18th. The meeting was co-chaired by US Under-Secretary of Defence for Policy Christine Wormuth and Indian Defence Secretary G Mohan Kumar. The meeting was the first after the Defence Framework Pact was signed during US Defence Secretary Carter’s visit to India in June.

Kumar and Wormuth highlighted new opportunities for collaboration in areas of defence strategy, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR), and maritime security cooperation.

“Both emphasized their commitment to onward progress in defence cooperation in order to build on the positive momentum brought about through recent senior-level engagements,” a senior Pentagon official said.

In a clear signal of India’s importance, both as a major buyer and potential collaborator in the defence sector, Pentagon has established a first of its kind country special cell called India Rapid Reaction Cell (IRRC), to speed up defence ties between India and the United States. IRRC is headed by Keith Webster, Director, International Cooperation Office of the Under Secretary of Defence for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics.

The DPG meeting took place in the backdrop of escalating tensions over territorial claims in the South China Sea, as China develops artificial islands in areas claimed by several other South East Asian nations.

Washington believes there is strategic convergence between New Delhi’s ‘Act East’ policy and its ongoing “re-balance” of military forces to the Asia Pacific. Parrikar’s visit will focus on strategies to bolster maritime security, counter-terrorism and intelligence-sharing between the two countries. India so far has played neutral in the ongoing power play in the South China Sea, only insisting the need for free navigation in in international waters, right of passage and over-flight, and unimpeded commerce and access to resources.

During his US visit, Parrikar and his American counterpart Ashton Carter, will review the joint working group on aircraft carrier under DTTI as well as identify technologies that could be acquired by India on government-to-government basis and discuss possible programs under the ‘Make in India’ initiative.

There is also the issue of several contentious bilateral military agreements, held up by the previous UPA government that the US is keen for India to sign, these are the Logistics Support Agreement (LSA) and the Communication Interoperability and Security Memorandum Agreement (CISMOA).

Since the new NDA government signed a 10-year India-US defence framework agreement and joint vision statement for the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean Region earlier this year, Washington has renewed its thrust on these two pending pacts. The LSA foresees the two militaries providing support in logistics, refueling and berthing facilities for each other’s warships and aircrafts on a barter or an equal-value exchange basis. CISMOA, on the other hand, is designed to be a “technology enabler” that will facilitate smooth transfer of high-tech avionics and electronics to India from the US. Another important agenda during Parrikar’s visit will be to identify more military technologies for co-development and production under the bilateral DTTI.

Within the last 4 years, USA has already surpassed Russia, Israel and France to be India’s top arms supplier, capturing 40% of the Indian defence market. Since 2007, contracts worth $13 billion have been inked. US is hopeful that Parrikar’s visit will show progress in inking $3.4 billion worth of deals that are in the pipeline, including the purchase of 4 more P-81 maritime patrol aircraft, in addition to the 8 already inducted into the Indian Navy, 3 more C-17 Globemaster-III, strategic airlift aircraft, in addition to the 10 C-17s already inducted into the Indian Airforce and purchase of 145 pieces of M777 Ultra-Light Howitzers for the Indian army.

The M 777 howitzer deal worth $700 million with BAE, will not only equip the Indian Army with tremendous firepower, but under the deal BAE will shift its assembly integration and testing AIT facility to India.

This howitzer deal would give a major boost to Modi’s Make in India as this could potentially make India the global hub for the M777 howitzers, with BAE planning to export guns to buyers in Europe, Africa and South America.

Under the DTTI, several albeit modest “pathfinder” projects have been finalized for co-development, ranging from mobile generators and NBC protection gear for soldiers while 2 mini spy drones and roll-on roll-off modules for C-130 J super Hercules aircraft are still pending. Parrikar, during his visit to the US, will be looking to identify further military joint development of jet engines and aircraft carrier design and construction technologies.

Currently, US and India is conducting at least 50 joint military exercises each year, which include counter-terror ‘Vajra Prahar’ exercises for the army, multi-lateral naval engagements in the Asia-Pacific region and a high voltage ‘Red Flag’ joint exercise with Indian air force scheduled for Alaska in 2016.

As a testament to India’s growing importance as a strategic defence partner, Parrikar, in a first for an Indian defence minister, will visit the headquarters of the US Pacific Command (PACOM), based in Hawaii. PACOM is the biggest operational command of the US, overseeing almost 60 per cent of the US Navy, including six sea-borne aircraft carriers. According to US demarcations, PACOM oversees 52 per cent of the planet and is the Command in touch with 36 countries — including China, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia and Vietnam. Parrikar will be briefed on PACOM’s operational issues and also its significance in tackling the onslaught of the Japanese imperial forces during World War II (1939-1945).

Parrikar is also expected to broach on India’s displeasure at the US handing over advanced weaponry and technology to Pakistan, including the sale of advanced F-16 raptors and 15 Bell AH 1Z Viper attack helicopters to Pakistan. Pakistan foreign secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhary recently said his country had developed tactical nuclear weapons to counter any Indian aggression, expanding its nuclear arsenal from 110 to 130 warheads.

In other developments, a US delegation met with the Indian defence ministry to seek clarifications on the ‘Make in India’ initiative. The delegation stressed upon an immediate implementation of the recommendations of the Dhirendra Singh Committee, which has submitted its suggestions on the defence procurement policy (DPP) to the ministry. Issues that were pressed included flexibility towards defining offset obligations, transfer of technology and consideration of engineering software as eligible service in offsets. Speaking earlier on Saturday, Parrikar said his effort are focused on bringing out a “perfect” DPP which will ensure that a deal is closed within three years as against the present day average of five years.

Defence ministry sources confirmed the meeting and added that the points will be conveyed to Parrikar ahead of his US visit and will be incorporated in the discussions.

Panel Discussion To Evaluate Scope of Smart City Opportunities and Challenges in the State of Maharashtra, India

USINPAC Organizes Panel Discussion with Ms. Poonam Mahajan, MP from Mumbai, India 

 

Poonam Mahajan

Poonam Mahajan is a member of parliament from Mumbai’s North Central constituency and politician from Bharatiya Janta Party. Poonam held the post of General Secretary of the Maharashtra State Unit of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha in April 2007 after which she was appointed as the National Vice President of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha in August 2010. Poonam then went on to become one of the youngest National Secretaries of the BJP in 2013.

She credits her commitment to working with NGOs to her father who shared the same sense of empathy towards those less fortunate. Poonam has been actively involved in social work through NGOs like Pramod Mahajan Pratishthan and Tapasvi Public Charitable Trust. Another cause extremely close to her heart is the People for Animals Foundation where she is a trustee. Ms. Poonam is currently in the process of raising funds and support for People For Animals in Mumbai, for which land has already been granted by the Government of Maharashtra. The hospital will be the first of its kind in India and built along the lines of the ASPCA in New York.

Sanjay Puri

Sanjay Puri is a recognized authority on US-India relations. He serves as the Chairman of the US-India Political Action Committee (USINPAC), a national, bipartisan political action committee representing over 3.2 million Indian-Americans. USINPAC works closely with members of Congress from both sides of the aisle, as well as with the administration, to ensure that the community’s concerns are addressed. USINPAC, through Mr. Puri’s leadership, played a key role in the passage of the US India Civil Nuclear Agreement which involved galvanizing the Indian American community to work with the US Congress.

Mr. Puri is also the founder, President and CEO of the Alliance for US India Business (AUSIB). AUSIB is dedicated to strengthening economic ties between the US and India.

Mr. Puri was the Founder of Optimos Inc. a very successful strategy and enterprise information technology company that was sold in 2014. Mr. Puri is a frequent public speaker and expert witness on US-India relations and the political impact of the Indian-American community. He has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Times, on National Public Radio (NPR), the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), CNN and Nightline.

Vik Chauhan

Vikram (Vik) Chauhan is a Technology Executive with over 30 years’ experience through leadership roles in several companies (including Deloitte, CSC, and Northrop Grumman)

Vik is a founding member of USINPAC and Chairman of DEFTIAC an advisory NGO for defense and security technology collaboration between US and India.

In addition to the US Public sector, Vik has advised a number of foreign governments – including those of India, the U.K., Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Colombia, Philippines and others – on building Smart Cities, e-Governance and Public Security.

He is an acclaimed evangelist of Smart Cities, and has authored numerous articles detailing the building of Smart Cities and Command Centers, along with co-writing a book entitled Future Cities: Designing and Building A Smart City.

He has developed Smart City solutions and partnerships with IBM, SAP, Siemens, Microsoft, Motorola, and Cisco. Vik is Member Executive Technical Council, Chairman Healthcare of Network Centric Operations Industry Consortium (ncoic.org), a Global organization focused on industry neutral concepts with 55+ members and affiliates representing 12 countries and a Co-Founding member of Cyber Risk Marketplace (CRM), a pioneer in the Cyber insurance and breach protection.

Pedro B. Ortiz

Pedro B. Ortiz is currently a Visiting Professor at Milano Politecnico University (Italy) as well as Senior Urban Consultant for international governments and multilaterals, as the Inter-American Development Bank or the World Bank (Washington DC).

He has accumulated metropolitan management experience in the five continents. Previously, he was the founder and Director of the Masters Program of Town Planning of the University King Juan Carlos of Madrid, after being Director General for Regional Planning of Madrid Region and Deputy Major for Madrid in charge of Strategic Planning for the Capital of Spain. He made the Strategic Plan of Madrid in 1994 and the Metropolitan Plan in 1996. You can find out more about Pedro and his work here.

His work addresses metropolitan rapid growth all over the world, as does his new book ‘The Art of Shaping the Metropolis’. Pedro’s work expands on a methodology for smart metropolitan planning developed during his time as director of the Metropolitan Plan for Madrid with two models to restructure mega metropolises: the Metro–Matrix archetype at the metropolitan scale, and Balanced Urban Development unit for the city scale. Pedro’s vision is for a new city form that moves from the dominant monocentric model to polycentric cities, based on mass public transport, with a reticular grid pattern. If developed and designed well, it is argued that each center will have its own character, enhanced by designers of public space to create centers with a sense of place blending culture, heritage and modernity.

Dr.Indu Singh

Dr. Singh is VP and Head of Washington DC operations for Los Alamos Technical Associates (LATA) where he directs federal, international and cybersecurity business. Dr. Singh is world’s leading expert on Smart and Safe City and was responsible for the first Smart City conceptualization for Singapore (intelligent island) in the pre-Internet days. He has published numerous books and his articles have been featured in numerous journals on Smart Cities, his latest book in 2013 is a widely read book entitled The Safe City: Living Free in a Dangerous World

Dr. Singh has executed Smart City engineering, security and IT business in 49 countries and has traveled to 81 countries He is a hands-on executive with strategic thinking and business operations experience.

He has extensive business and technology management experience with proven P&L track record. He founded three mid-size high tech companies and served as President and CEO. His business and consulting experience includes management, security solution engineering, domestic and international business development, mergers and acquisition, turn-around, investment capital.

J. Jeffrey Craven

Jeff Craven is a member of the Thompson Coburn LLP Corporate and Securities practice group and co-chairs the firm’s Media and Internet group.  He advises clients on domestic and international mergers and acquisitions as well as Federal Communications Commission (FCC) licensing and regulatory matters. Jeff focuses principally in the telecom, satellite, technology and energy sectors, regularly providing advice and counsel on the formation and financing of domestic and international transactions, as well as strategic alliances.

He advises private equity groups, government contractors, foreign governments, bond holders and underwriters in regulatory, transactional and business due diligence associated with domestic and international transactions, including public-private partnerships (“PPPs”) and enhanced-use leases (“EULs”).

Jeff also counsels entrepreneurs and start-up businesses on formation, financing, structuring options and partnering strategies.

Scott McIntyre

Scott is the managing partner and PWC’s U.S. public sector leader; he was recently honored among consulting magazine’s list of the Top 25 Consultants for 2015.

Scott oversees professionals who help federal, state and local governments improve performance and output. Under his leadership, PwC’s public sector practice was recognized with the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award for performance excellence through innovation, improvement and visionary leadership. This was the first time a large consulting firm has been recognized with this honor.Scott graduated from The John Hopkins University with an MS in Information Systems and received an MBA from the Willamette University Atkinson Graduate School of Management.  Dedicated to giving back, he is Chairman of the Prevent Cancer Foundation.