Sandeep ChakravortyOn 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 democracies.” 

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: