On Tuesday, October 16, the South Asia Center and Moynihan
Institute of Global Affairs welcomed Sandeep Chakravorty, Consul General of
India (New York) to discuss India-U.S. relations, specifically the recent
evolution in the bi-lateral relationship from “estranged democracies to engaged
Despite U.S. support of India’s freedom, India and the U.S.
ended up on opposite sides of the Cold War. While there were sporadic periods
of warmth, the Bangladesh war and India’s peaceful nuclear tests of 1974 did
not bring the two countries closer. This trajectory continued until the end of
the 1990s. Only since the early 2000s has the relationship started to
strengthen, and now it is vibrant and multi-dimensional.
Chakravorty, a member of the Indian Foreign Service (IFS)
since 1996, has served in India’s Missions in several countries. Prior to
becoming Consul General of India in New York in August 2017, he was the
Ambassador of India to Peru and Bolivia. Earlier he had been India’s Deputy
Chief of Mission in Bangladesh.
You can read the Consul General’s full remarks from the
lecture on the Consulate’s website: https://www.indiainnewyork.gov.in/pdf/whatsnews/Speech_Estranged_Democracies_oct18.pdf