In a symbolic celebration of the blossoming relationship between the United States and India, President Joe Biden gifted Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi a distinctive T-shirt during Modi's state visit to the U.S. The shirt bore the quote, "The Future is AI – America & India," taken from Modi's enlightening address to the U.S Congress.
Modi's first state visit to the United States culminated in this thoughtful gesture by President Biden, emblematic of the strengthening ties between the two nations. In his address to the U.S Congress, Modi reflected on the significant strides in Artificial Intelligence (AI), drawing an intriguing parallel to the growth and development in the alliance between America and India – an intriguing play on the abbreviation 'AI'.
Expressing his gratitude to the U.S leadership for the warm welcome, Prime Minister Modi reiterated on Friday that India and America are fostering a revitalized trust, especially in the realm of new and emerging technologies.
The Indian Prime Minister was further honored by a luncheon hosted by U.S Vice President Kamala Harris at the White House. During this event, Modi noted that the cooperation between India and the U.S has broadened its reach, especially in strategic and defense sectors. He stated, "We are working with renewed trust in areas of new and emerging technologies. We are resolving long pending and difficult issues in trade."
The momentous visit also witnessed the approval of two multibillion-dollar defense deals by General Electric and General Atomic. Both Biden and Modi dubbed this as the dawn of a "next-generation" defense partnership between the U.S and India. Their joint statement expressed a shared commitment to collaborate intensively on “unprecedented co-production and technology transfer” plans in the defense sector.
Recalling his last visit seven years ago during his address to the Congress, Modi highlighted how much had changed yet the commitment to deepen the friendship between India and the U.S had remained steadfast. He eloquently observed that while there had been remarkable advances in AI, the developments in another 'AI' - America and India - had been even more significant.
In a historical context, Modi has the distinction of being the first Indian Prime Minister to address the U.S Congress twice.
The event, marked by the memorable t-shirt gift from President Biden to PM Modi, was graced by several prominent figures. These included Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Mahindra Group chairman Anand Mahindra, and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, among others.
This emblematic t-shirt not only encapsulates the amity between America and India but also encapsulates the shared vision of the future. A future powered by the synergy of AI – Artificial Intelligence and 'AI' - America and India.