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In November, ACYPL sent seven delegates to India for a 12-day exchange. The delegation was comprised of two elected officials, several government affairs representatives, a political media consultant, and a political director from a national advocacy organization. For the second time, ACYPL worked with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) to organize and manage the exchange.
The delegation began in Washington, DC, where they were briefed on US-Indian relations at the US Department of State followed by lunch hosted by the Indian Ambassador where they discussed the Indian economy and politics. The delegation left for India feeling well-prepared for their exchange.
The delegation began their exchange in New Delhi with meetings with US embassy officials and Indian alumni of Department of State programs. Notable interactions in Delhi included a meeting at the Parliamentary Research Service, a roundtable at FICCI that included Kanwal Sibal, a former foreign secretary, and meetings with members of parliament and representatives from several different political parties. While in Delhi, the delegation enjoyed hospitality in the homes of several prominent political figures. Delegates commented about how much they were able to learn about India and its politics from these casual interactions.
The delegation then traveled to Agra to visit the Taj Mahal and on to Jaipur. In Jaipur, the delegation met with the Deputy Speaker of the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly and toured Mahindra World City – an integrated urban center designed to create a balance between livelihood, living, and life. A particularly interesting part of the program was the short visit to Vijayawada, where the delegates had an opportunity to attend a youth summit and address attendees. The exchange concluded in Hyderabad where the delegates met with leaders of industry, including the CEO of Tata Business Support Services, the CEO of Apollo Hospitals, and the Managing Director of Bhagyanagar India Limited. Several delegates remarked that they were impressed by the high-level individuals with whom they were afforded access.
In addition to a very busy schedule full of meetings and long days of travel throughout India, the delegation had the opportunity to experience the rich history and culture of India. In addition to the Taj Mahal, highlights included a visit to the Islamic Cultural Center in Delhi, the City Palace in Jaipur, and the Golconda Fort in Hyderabad. One delegate’s comments sums up the experience: “I cannot say enough positive things about the experience. I knew I would learn a tremendous amount about India’s culture, government, and history, but the trip exceeded my expectations. I’m also convinced that my future government, political, professional, and personal pursuits will benefit from my experience.”