India's Consul General Outlines Impressive Economic Growth and Cultural Contributions


On Monday January 14, 2008, the Consul General of India in New York, the Honorable Neelam Deo (left) provided an impressive summary and analysis of her country's economic growth and cultural contributions over the last decade. She gave her presentation at the Rotary Club of New York's lunch meeting held at the Harvard Club.

In the photo the Consul General is introduced by the president of The Rotary Club of New York, Dr. Camilo Uy (right).

Ms. Neelam Deo was appointed the Consul General of India, New York in October, 2005. She has a Masters degree in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics and had taught in Kamala Nehru College, Delhi University. As a career diplomat of the Indian Foreign Service with over three decades in the Indian Diplomatic Corps, Ms. Deo has been India’s Ambassador to Denmark and Ivory Coast, with concurrent accreditation to Sierra Leone, Niger & Guinea. Prior to her assignment in New York, she was Head of the Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Myanmar Division in the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi, dealing with India's overall relations with these countries. Ms. Deo has also worked in India’s Diplomatic Missions in Washington DC, Bangkok, and Rome.

The relationship between the world's largest democracy and the USA is strong with some of the examples including:

  • The largest number of international university students in the US is from India.
  • 10% of the CEOs of the top 250 U.S. companies are Indian.
  • 50% of start-ups entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley are from India.
  • The $2,500 car in India will change the way cars are manufactured.
  • Indian film and media writers, many who have studied in American universities, are very successful in the US.
Some of the earliest Indian classic works of literature such as the Hindu epics Ramayana and Mahabharata, treatises such as Vaastu Shastra in architecture and town planning, and Arthashastra in political science are becoming increasing know in Western countries.

It was also mentioned that there are more than 2,100 Rotary Clubs in India, the third largest number of clubs after the US and Japan.