India-US Forum of Parliamentarians (IUFP)has been formed to
foster closer relations between India and the United States,
the world's largest democracies. Constituted along the lines
of the 'India Caucus' in the U.S. Congress, the IUFP involves
Indian Parliamentarians from various political parties from
both Houses of Parliament - the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha.
recent years, the relationship has acquired new shape and
substance and is being further strengthened by developing
profoundly new patterns of collaboration. Both the countries,
are today, engaged in diplomatic collaboration, counter terrorism
efforts, defense and military-to-military cooperation, intelligence
exchange, law enforcement, development assistance and the
global environment. They are together exploring the frontier
areas of science and technology, developing vaccine against
communicable diseases, strengthening mutual capabilities in
combating cyber crimes, and discussing ways to deal with transnational
threats and proliferation of weapons of mass destructions.
Information technology and the new knowledge economy are increasingly
defining the story of their bilateral partnership.
in the wake of the far - reaching and dramatic events such
as the recent US military campaign in Iraq and the earlier
military campaign in Afghanistan, the evolving Indo-American
relationship is being further re-examined and redefined.
Forum, formed at a very opportune time when the Indo-US relations
are undergoing such significant transformation, acts as a
bridge and helps further consolidate & promote the relationship
between the two countries and in doing so, vigorously protects
India's interests. The Forum also focuses on explosive issues
such as terrorism of which India has been a victim for the
past twenty years.
examining issues from a bilateral focus such as terrorism,
national security, nuclear nonproliferation, drug trafficking
and human rights abuse, the Forum's 16 Sub-Committees under
the leadership of various M.Ps deal with a wide range of bilateral
issues, such as, promoting Trade & Commerce, cooperation
in the areas of Information Technology, Immigration, Trade
Policy, WTO, Defence, Power and other core sectors.
Forum was formally launched on 27th March 2002 by the former
External Affairs Minister, Mr. Jaswant Singh. Also present
on the occasion were Co-chairman of the 'India Caucus' in
the US Congress, Jim McDermott, Mr Frank Pallone, Co-founder
of the 'India Caucus', and Mrs Najma Heptullah, the former
Dy Chairperson of Rajya Sabha, amongst others.
Kapil Sibal, Union Minister of Human Resource Development
is the founding Chairman of the Forum. He was succeeded by
Mr. Murli Deora (presently, Minister of Petroleum & Natural
Gas) and Mr. B J Panda (a prominent member of the Biju Janata
Dal from Orissa). Currently, the IUFP is Chaired by Congress
Spokesman Dr Abhishek M. Singhvi, and Co-chaired by Ms. Shobhana
Bhartia (nominated member of the Rajya Sabha).
IUFP is supported by the Federation of Indian Chambers of
Commerce & Industry (FICCI).