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US to India

Nov 1 - Dec 11 2018 New Delhi, Agra, Lucknow, and Bengaluru

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Exchange Outline

Delegates with students from the Study Hall Educational Foundation

At the end of 2018, ACYPL sent a seven-member delegation to India for a 10-day exchange program. Over the course of the program, the group visited New Delhi, Agra, Lucknow, and Bengaluru. The group was high-profile, and included the Attorney General-elect of Nevada, a Member of the Houston City Council, and a Member of the Louisiana House of Representatives. The exchange was organized in collaboration with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) with whom ACYPL has worked for several years. The US Embassy in New Delhi also played a vital role as they have for past exchange programs.

Before departing for India, the delegation had lunch with Minister (Commerce) Puneet Kundal at the Embassy of India, who shared his perspective on the country’s economic situation and trade relations with the US and other countries. The program in New Delhi focused on national governance and different policy issues of interest to the group. The delegation had an opportunity to interact with the three largest political parties, and had an in-depth discussion about women and entrepreneurship with the FICCI Ladies Organization.  They group also visited the Indian Parliament and discussed the political system and parliamentary framework with PRS Legislative Research, an independent research institute.

In Lucknow, the delegation learned about state governance from the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly, and its former Chief Minister, Akhilesh Yadav. One of the highlights in Lucknow was a visit to the Study Hall Educational Foundation, where the delegates interacted with students and shared their thoughts about US culture and politics.

After a slight delay in getting to Cheboksary, the delegation discussed state governance with the Speaker of the State Council of the Chuvash Republic and city governance from members of the Cheboksary City Council. They also spent a day in nearby Novocheboksarsky, where they learned about the role of local elected officials from the Novocheboksarsk City Council of Deputies and waste management during a visit to a recycling plant. One of the group’s more unique experiences in Chuvash was a visit to the Yasna ethnic ecological village, where they donned traditional attire while engaging in folk crafts. After returning to Moscow, the delegation had an enlightening discussion about human rights and women’s rights with Irina Khakamada, a member of the Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights and received an insiders perspective about the role of the media from representatives from The Moscow Times and the “Echo of Moscow” radio station.

Outside of their busy schedule, the delegation was able to enjoy some cultural activities. In addition to touring Moscow and the Kremlin, the group walked the waterfront promenade in Cheboksary, which runs alongside the Volga River, and visited a traditional Russian “bana” (bathhouse). After another productive exchange, we look forward to our continued partnership with Youth Public Chamber, and welcoming a delegation of Russian leaders in 2019.