The United States established diplomatic relations with India in 1946, the year prior to its independence from Great Britain and formal recognition by the United States. Plans for the construction of the American Embassy in New Delhi began in the early 1950s and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Earl Warren laid the cornerstone in 1956. Designed by Edward D. Stone, the architect of the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the embassy complex combines the best in South Asian architecture with Western concepts. The building was completed in 1959 and opened in a ceremony attended by Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, whereupon it was placed on the Department of State’s Register of Culturally Significant Properties. The same facility is still in use today.
- Supporting seminars for senior Indian law enforcement officials on the role of police leaders in combating terrorism
- Promoting joint efforts to highlight practical, affordable green technologies
- Funding health and education programs like the Sanjay Gandhi Settlement to make a difference in the lives of the urban poor
- Donating books to schools in the New Delhi area to mark the friendship of U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama and Mrs. Gursharan Kaur, the wife of India’s prime minister
- Sponsoring India’s first “Startup Weekend” for developers, designers, business people, students, lawyers, angel investors, and others who wish to start a new company
- Inaugurating Tibetan Refugee Reception Centers in Dharamsala and other provinces, largely through U.S. government funding
This video was produced by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of International Information Programs in January 2015. The speaker in this video is Rich Verma, U.S. Ambassador to India.