India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama's meeting led to a discussion of a wide range of issues, and the various areas where co-operation from both countries is needed to foster a India-US partnership.
Here are five key points simplified for you:
1. DEFENSE TECHNOLOGY
Both India and the US have decided to renew their defense framework agreement for the next ten years, as well as operationalize Defense Technology with a focus on codevelopment in India, not just for the Indian market but also for the global market. This is expected to lead to a technology transfer from the US to India in the defense sector.
2. THE CIVIL NUCLEAR DEAL
According to reports, both India and the US have "come to an understanding" and will be working together on the nuclear cooperation agreement.
3. TRADE BETWEEN INDIA AND USA
India's current bilateral trade (trade between two countries) stands at US$ 100 billion. This number was raised by both parties to US$ 500 billion.
4. CLEAN ENERGY
The need to strive towards 'Clean Energy' was recognized by both countries. The Indian industry has been working towards the advancement of clean energy. The knowledge offered by both countries on innovative financing and cutting edge technology solutions could add to further growth.
5. OBAMA'S STATEMENT ON WOMEN'S EMPOWERMENT AND SAFETY
"Indian women have shown that they can succeed in every field. Every woman should be able to go about her day and be safe and be treated with the respect and dignity that she deserves." President Obama as quoted on the topic of women empowerment in India.
President Obama's echoes the nation's sentiment of the need to prioritise women's safety in India.
This meet highlighted one of the concerns that is the theme of our Power of 49 Manifesto. Before the elections started in 2014, Jaago Re launched a crowdsourced 10-point manifesto about serious issues affecting women in India. We presented it to leading political parties and asked them to pay attention to our concerns.
Are they being followed through with sincerity by our leaders? Is India catching up with any of the points listed in the manifesto? See the manifesto for yourself here!
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