Ready to join Modi’s “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikaas” vision: John Kerry

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United States of America Secretary of State John Kerry has said that India and America are at a “potentially transformative moment” with regard to mutual relations. The new government with a new set of priorities offers new opportunities for a different level of relations between the two nations, he said addressing a press meet before his scheduled departure for Indian Tuesday night where he will have a joint session with India’s foreign affairs minister Sushma Swaraj for the fifth edition of India-US Strategic Dialogue session.

“The new Indian government’s plan, ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’, together with all, development for all – that’s a concept, a vision that we want to support. We believe it’s a great vision, and our private sector is eager to be a catalyst in India’s economic revitalisation,” Kerry said at the event organized by Centre for American Progress, a US think tank group.

He spoke about education, entrepreneurship, films, private industry, youth centric demography, technology and several other areas that are of mutual interest to the big democracies.

The recent revolutions in the Arab world were driven mostly by the youth who were looking for better opportunities, said Kerry and has felt that the same youth force which is present in great numbers in India and US will redefine the cooperation and sharing between the two countries, he explained. “They all began without one flake of religious extremism involved in the revolutions that brought change. It was all about young people gathering and forcing the notion that they wanted something more to life. They wanted opportunity, education, respect, dignity, jobs, a future,” Kerry noted.

With more than one hundred thousand Indian students already studying in US Universities, and the renewed focus on building technically capable young work force for India, the collaboration in education sector can be a huge educational and cultural boost for the countries, analyzed Kerry.

“Only countries that reward creativity the way the US and India do could have possibly launched Hollywood and Bollywood,” felt Kerry. “Only countries that celebrate the entrepreneur the way we do could have launched Silicon Valley and Bangalore as global epicentres for innovation, Innovation and entrepreneurship are in both of our DNA, and they not only make us natural partners; they give us natural advantages in a world that demands adaptability and resilience. The US and India cannot afford to just sort of sit back and rest on these currently existing advantages. We have to build on them and we have to build on them by investing more in one another,” he added.

If the Indian government provides better environment for private initiatives, more and more number of American companies will come to India, he expressed confidence.

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