Alumni Response: Prime Minister Modi Visits Israel

In early July, Indian Prime Minister Nardendra Modi made an historic first visit to Israel. AJC Project Interchange alumni in the U.S. and India played a role in the visit and are contributing to its ongoing coverage and analysis. Here are the highlights:

Simran Sodhi (Indian Journalists 2009) wrote an article for The Tribune News Service (New Delhi) “Israel to roll out red carpet as PM begins historic visit today.”

Dhruva Jaishankar (Indian American Academics 2011) quoted in article on Bloomberg “”The major significance of Modi’s visit is precisely that it would be the first visit by a serving Indian Prime Minister to Israel,” said Dhruva Jaishankar, a foreign policy fellow at the Brookings India think-tank. “We can expect a continuing of cooperation between India and Israel, not just on defense, but homeland security, pharmaceuticals, information technology, agriculture, and tourism.”

Kanchan Gupta (Indian Journalists 2009) wrote a live blog for ABP Live from Israel titled “Modi arrives in Israel on historic visit.”

Ronak Desai (Indian American Media and Policy Leaders 2012), Alumni Venture Fund recipient, wrote an article for The American Bazaar, “As Modi lands in Israel, a new era in India-Israel relations.”

Suhasini Haidar (Indian Opinion Leaders 2016) wrote an article for The Hindu, “Jewish community has enriched India with their contribution, says Modi.”

Simran Sodhi (Indian Journalists 2009) wrote another article for the Tribune News Service (New Delhi), “India, Israel take ties beyond defence.”

Sadanand Dhume (Indian Journalists 2009) wrote an article for The Wall Street Journal, “India Gives Israel a Firm Embrace.”

• An AJC delegation, led by AJC Associate Executive Director for Policy, Jason Isaacson, met with Indian Prime Minster Narendra Modi. The meeting with Modi was moderated by Dr. Bharat Barai (Indian American Leaders 2007), a Chicago physician who is a longtime friend of the Indian leader and who founded the Global Indian-Jewish Relations Institute. Other participants Shivnath Thukral (Indian Opinion Leaders 2016), Managing Director of Carnegie India. AJC was also represented by Dr. Marion Bergman, chair of AJC’s Africa Institute; Avital Leibovich, Director of AJC Jerusalem; and Nissim Reuben, Assistant Director of AJC’s Asia Pacific Institute. Speakers in the think tank programs included Dr. Tanvi Madan(Indian Opinion Leaders 2013), Director of the India Project at Brookings Institution, Washington.

Anthony Bergin (Military and Strategic Analysts 2006) wrote an article for The Australian, “Modi visits Bibi: Israel making waves in the Indo-Pacific.”

Kanchan Gupta (Indian Journalists 2009) continued to blog to ABP Live, “Beyond #ModiInIsrael lies challenge of partnership on the ground.”

Ronak Desai (Indian American Media and Policy Leaders 2012), Alumni Venture Fund recipient, wrote an article for Forbes, “Why Prime Minister Modi’s Israel Visit Really Matters.”