18 US-INDIA GLOBAL REVIEW JULY-SEPTEMBER 2018 -MUMBAI I t used to be said of Chicago, whose suburbs I represent in Congress, that more people of Polish descent lived there than in any area outside of Warsaw. Today, a similar state- ment could be made about the United States and India. There are more than 4.4 million Indian- Americans, making the United States home to more people of Indian descent than any country except India. Nearly 10 percent of the people I represent in Congress are South Asian or Indian-Americans, and the diversi- ty of races, ethnicities and reli- gions truly makes America great. The relationship between the United States and India is of par- ticular significance for me as it is the story of my life. I was born in New Delhi and was brought to the United States by my parents when I was an infant. I grew up in the prototypical American city of Peoria, Illinois. I am an American and proudly embrace that identity, but I will never forget the country of my birth where I still have fami- ly and a long history and heritage. The relationship between the U.S. and India is personal for me, for my four fellow Indian- Americans in the U.S. Congress, for the tens of thousands of Indian-Americans in my district, and the millions of Indian- Americans in the U.S. Maintaining and strengthening that relationship is important -- not just for Indian-Americans, but for the residents of both countries and for our nation as a whole. The interests of the two coun- tries are entwined beyond those familial bonds. Trade between the U.S. and India generates $67 bil- lion in economic activity each year -- bringing business growth and new jobs to the people of both nations. And because India is Strengthening the US-India Partnership Is a Win-Win Proposition By Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi U.S.-INDIA Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, D-Illinois with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a visit to India. Photo courtesy: Raja Krishnamoorthi