Puri responded to a deluge of USINPAC
member questions Wednesday and concurred with their general sentiments that failure in diplomatic protocol can cause irreversible damage to US-India relations, a country viewed by a majority of Americans as a critical ally in a troubled region.
On April 29, 2004, Sanjay Puri, the Executive Director of USINPAC
, announced the formation of a bipartisan Senate version of the India Caucus, named the "Friends of India.
and we are constantly looking at their challengers," said Sanjay Puri, the USINPAC
While USINPAC supports the efforts to beef up border security operations, it is concerned that the visa fee hike to fund the 600 million dollar package would seriously damage US exports to the rapidly growing Indian market.
Kersy Dastur, Senior Advisor, USINPAC, expressed concern over the passage of the Bill in the Senate and said, "It is necessary to see beyond gaining electoral brownie points and understand the ramifications of the visa fee hike on American jobs and exports.
Congressman Mike Honda the Vice Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, in addressing a message to PM Manmohan Singh through USINPAC, said, " As the first official State Visit hosted by President Obama, your visit is a testament to the strong partnership between our two countries; the world's oldest democracy, the United States; and the largest democracy, India.
Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida and Ranking Member, House Committee on Foreign Affairs in her message to USINPAC about the PM's visit said that "United States and Indiaare enjoying increasingly warm and close ties.
provides bipartisan support to candidates for federal, state and local office who support the issues that are important to the Indian-American community.
National Security Coordinator, Manish Thakur added: "These kinds of incidents heighten the need for racial sensitivity.
Vikram Chauhan, Senior Advisor of USINPAC
added that he was pleased to see that the Senate Caucus, whose creation USINPAC
had strongly supported, was continuing to gain strength.
We identified many lawmakers who are willing to champion the need to make firmer demands of Pakistan in the fight against terrorism," said Sanjay Puri, Chairman of USINPAC
is also planning a highly anticipated Congressional briefing next week.