To be clear, a strong, growing, and collaborative trade relationship between the United States and India is in both parties' best interests. But India's recent trade policies are placing that relationship in jeopardy.
Israel, dubbed the "Start Up Nation," with its increasing economic dependence on technology, could be the first nation to see the beginnings of this covert clash between its human assets and its state policy.
There is something important here that India's leaders -- and all global leaders -- must consider: A nation's soul precedes its human development. Organic human development will not occur in India if the majority of everyday experiences are negative.
Women are half India's demographic dividend; if they are given the right tools and community support, they can not only become financially independent, but could also become the engines that fuel India's future growth.
When you do a little math, given that India produces the largest number of graduates in the world, is home to over a billion people and not to mention the overarching environment that is not particularly great for women -- it is easy to guess that something is majorly amiss.
The venality, equivocation and change-aversion of India's leaders could jeopardize the country's long-term economic prospects and prevent it from realizing its ambition to become a 21st century global power.
Imagine a country that declares its independence from Great Britain, forges democracy from diversity, enjoys robust economic growth, and emerges as a world power. You've just described the United States -- and modern India.
The recent signing of a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement between India and Japan will soon make each country the other's largest trading partner. And both remain concerned about the rising power and influence of China.