MIBRT Press release


Online PR News – 20-June-2016 – Mumbai, Maharashtra – The recent US visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 7 & 8, 2016 has created a great enthusiasm in the Indian American Community. The Community is now charged and geared up to participate in the India’s growth and more specifically in Modi’s vision of India.“ Indians in America have contributed substantially to not only its economic growth, but also to its diversity. Prime Minister Modi’s visit and his diplomatic strategy has made us Indian Americans proud and secure.” Said Mr Rajan Natarajan, a successful Indian American and former Deputy Secretary of Maryland State. Mr Natarajan is the first Indian American to be appointed as Deputy Secretary in Maryland.Mr Elisha Pulivarti, a very popular Indian Community leader who has been in the US for the last 25 years said “ This is probably the first time that such that the whole nation is enthused and excited about the PM Modi’s visit. His address to the US Congress has not only left the Americans but the whole world spell bound. There is a unique magic in Modi Diplomacy which makes Indians overseas proud and secure.”Economic reforms in India are in right directions, and India is the fastest growing economy in the world having overtaken China on the FDI front. Prime Minister Modi initiatives like Make in India, Digital India, Creation of Smart Cities and housing for all, will make India the Foreign Investment Utopia”, added Elisha who is also the Executive Director of the Maryland India Business Roundtable (MIBRT).Close to the heels of the Prime Ministers visit, MIBRT celebrated its 10th Anniversary at MIBRT Awards Gala held on June 9, 2016 at Greenbelt Maryland where over 22 business and political leaders, were honored for their outstanding achievements and contributions in their chosen fields and public services towards Economic & Trade Development of Maryland and India.This event gained great significance and wide appreciation with President Barack Obama applauding its efforts since inception. In his Presidential Citation he said “ I send greetings to all those attending the 10th Maryland India Business Roundtable Awards Gala & US – India Business Summit. A strong relationship between the United States and India is critical for America’s success in the 21st Century. Our great democracies and innovative economies, bolstered by millions of Indian Americans, make us natural partners. Through trade and investment, our business communities have made progress in improving lives of our peoples. Gatherings like this remind us of ways in which the fates of the United States and India are inextricable linked. By coming together to share ideas, engage in discussions, and promote co-operation between our countries, you are helping sustain our relationship and unleash the untapped potential that can build a future of greater opportunity. As you come together to fortify the bonds of partnership in our global economy, I wish you the best for a productive conference.”“ This is indeed a one of the proudest moments for MIBRT with recognition coming from none other than President Barack Obama, said Subramanya K Kusnur, Founder Member and Co-Chair of the Maryland India Business Roundtable. “ In the last ten years we have strode and achieved many a milestones in promoting bilateral trade, economic and cultural development between Maryland and India. Maryland is a natural partner for India with a large number of Aerospace & Defense, Life Sciences enterprises located here. With India being the largest defense partner of the US and the growing demand for healthcare globally, corporations in India & Maryland are well poised to leverage this ever-growing opportunity. We are blessed to have a Prime Minister in Shri Narendra Modi and wish to humbly contribute towards his vision of “India Next”. In this regard, we are launching the US India SME Roundtable in association with the US India Business Council for not just SME’s but also Indian Americans and NRI’s to inclusively participate in the growth of India.”MIBRT honored Subramanya with the “Outstanding Emerging Social Leader Award” at the hands of US Congressman Honble Elijah Cummins. Speaking on the occasion Congressman Cummins said “ We applaud and appreciate the outstanding leadership of Subramanya who has been relentlessly promoting Maryland as a destination for business and culture and look forward to many more years of his vibrant leadership. He is truly the Ambassador of Maryland. We wish him the best in getting Maryland & India closer and closer.” Subramanya in past 10 years has been awarded with several recognitions and citations from successive Governor’s of Maryland and the most notable of them being the “GOODWILL AMBASSADOR OF MARYLAND”. Subramanya is the Founder Chairman & CEO of AQUAKRAFT PROJECTS PVT LTD., a Next Generation for profit Social Enterprise Group focused on providing clean drinking water & sanitation to one and all. His innovative ideas coupled with a rare socio economic acumen made him innovate models like aquatm – Water ATM & aquato – Automated Toilets that are now a part of the SWACHH BHARAT ABHIYAAN. Two other business leaders from India were honored at the Awards gala. Kartikeya Sharma, Chairman & Managing Director ITV Network was honored with the “Outstanding Business Leadership Award”. Notably enough, Mr. Sharma announced the launch of ITV Network in the US and declared that they would use Maryland as a base for its operations. Commenting on this announcement Senator Susan Lee, Honorary President of MIBRT said” Initiatives like this make MIBRT a strong and preferred platform for corporations from India to leverage the US opportunity through Maryland. We are very grateful to Mr Sharma and deeply appreciate him for choosing Maryland as a base for US operations. We at Maryland extend all support and co-operation in his endeavors.”ITV Network is the fastest growing and successful media conglomerate in India, which is now expanding its growth story transcending geographies across the globe. “It is our strong commitment to leverage our media platform to promote India and more specifically the inspired vision of our Honorable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modiji’s to not only to Indians abroad but the world at large. The US market is a defining step in that direction and I take this opportunity to thank the leadership at MIBRT and the Department of Commerce, State of Maryland for their kind invitation, continued support and patronage. “ said Mr. Sharma.Sudhakar Gande Vice Chairman, AXISCADES Engineering Technologies & FICCI Chair of the Aerospace Defense Committee was honored with the “Indo-US Outstanding Business Leadership Award”. Former Governor of Maryland Bob Ehrlich, FDA COO Walter Harris, popular Indian American K V Kumar were also honored amongst other community and business leaders.