India a ‘leader’ for America to follow in certain arenas: Eric Garcetti

Garcetti said India was no longer providing administrative support but was making breakthroughs in health, technology, and finance.

Eric Garcetti speaking at the USC-India Innovation Summit on January 16, 2024, in Mumbai / (X/USAmbIndia)

U.S. Ambassador to India Eric Garcetti said India is making breakthroughs in the arenas of finance, health, and technology, and is a “leader” for America to follow. He attended the University of South Carolina’s India-Innovation Summit held on January 16, 2024, in Mumbai where he made the comments. 

“They’re not just the ones making generics. They’re the ones generating breakthroughs in health, breakthroughs in technology, and breakthroughs in finance. Looking at the ways that India is now a leader for America to follow is as important as those places where America is leading too,” he said, according to a report. 

Garcetti noted that India is now at the front and center when it comes to leading industries and sectors. He added that the U.S. could move up the ladder in several sectors if institutions like USC deepened ties with their Indian counterparts. 

“Look at how the US-India agenda on technology, trade, investment, culture, and people-to-people can be advanced by deepening USC ties with great Indian counterparts. We can cure diseases, produce better movies, look at educational exchanges for students, and have a more secure, prosperous Indo-Pacific together,” he said. 



Garcetti also stressed that U.S. and India were two of the “greatest democracies” in the world who could show the world what it means to be “moral leaders” when needed. He hailed 2023 as the best year in US-India history and said he would not consider the relationship to have peaked, instead it is the new foundation.

In a post on X, Garcetti said, “The #USIndia relationship is one of the most consequential global partnerships of our times, and institutions like @USC are playing a pivotal role in facilitating bilateral collaboration on supply chains, higher education, media and entertainment, and much more.”