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The Case For A Consulate In Los Angeles

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The Case For A Consulate In Los Angeles

Empowering The Indian Community In Southern California


LOS ANGELES, CA – As India gears up to strengthen its diplomatic presence in the United States, the decision to open two additional consulates demonstrates the country’s commitment to fostering stronger ties between the two nations. While the location for the seventh consulate is yet to be finalized, it is crucial to consider the demands and aspirations of the vast Indian diaspora living in the United States, particularly in Southern California. With a population of over 600,000 Indians in the region, Los Angeles stands as a prime candidate for the next Indian consulate.

Currently, India boasts five consulates in prominent U.S. cities, including New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, and San Francisco, alongside its embassy in Washington, D.C. These consulates play a pivotal role in serving the needs of Indian citizens, facilitating trade and cultural exchange, and promoting bilateral relations between India and the host country. Therefore, it is only logical to expand India’s diplomatic network to accommodate the significant Indian population residing in Southern California.

The Indian community in Los Angeles has long been a vital part of the region’s cultural fabric, contributing to its diversity, economic growth, and academic excellence. With an estimated 4.5 million Indians living in the United States, the presence of 600,000 plus in southern California deserves recognition and support through the establishment of a consulate in Los Angeles. Furthermore, no other city in the United States, devoid of a consulate, is home to as many Indians as greater Los Angeles.

By establishing a consulate in Los Angeles, the Indian government would fulfill the aspirations of thousands of Indian Americans who seek a closer connection to their homeland. A consulate would provide essential consular services, including issuing visas and passports, assisting Indian citizens during emergencies, and supporting cultural events and community outreach programs. The proximity of the consulate to the Indian diaspora in Southern California would foster a sense of belonging and strengthen ties with India.

Moreover, says Anju Garg, a member of a group formed to push for the “Consulate to be in LA”, “a consulate in Los Angeles would serve as a regional hub, extending its services to nearby states such as Arizona, New Mexico, and Nevada. This move would greatly alleviate the burden on existing consulates, making it more convenient for Indian Americans residing in these areas to access consular assistance without having to travel long distances.”

Beyond its immediate benefits to the Indian community, a consulate in Los Angeles would also enhance bilateral trade and investment opportunities. Southern California is a vibrant economic hub, with a thriving entertainment industry, cutting-edge technology companies, and a booming startup ecosystem. Strengthening economic ties between India and this region would foster innovation, create employment opportunities, and drive economic growth for both nations.Southern California would be a top 20 global economy if it were a country. Over 40 percent of all International trade in the USA moves through the ports and airport in the greater Los Angeles area. That is why 18 of the G20 countries have consulates in Southern California. As an emerging Global power, India must have a seat at the table in the corridors of power in this region. Los Angeles is the second largest city in America and India must establish a Consulate as soon as possible,” Gunjan Bagla, CEO of Amritt Inc, a US-India Consultancy, told India West.

 The opening of a consulate in Los Angeles is a logical step in India’s pursuit of stronger diplomatic relations with the United States. The significant Indian population in Southern California, coupled with the region’s economic prominence, underscores the need for a dedicated consulate to address the needs of the community and facilitate closer ties between the two countries. By establishing a consulate in Los Angeles, India would not only empower its citizens but also strengthen the bilateral relationship with the United States on multiple fronts, fostering a shared vision of progress, prosperity, and cultural exchange.The Government of India has indicated that if a large number of people ask for the Consulate to be in LA, then the Government will listen, and maybe the magic number is 50,000 people. If you support the starting of the Consulate in Los Angeles, then please go ahead and sign this petition https://chng.it/ky28X2vQ and pass this message to all your friends, relatives and coworkers. Anyone can sign this petition, even non-Indians as long as they have an interest in advocating for an Indian Consulate in the City of Angels.

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  • I hope the Govt. is smart and stays away from Los Angeles and instead puts up the embassy in Orange County or Riverside. Somewhere where it is easier to get in and out and a safer, secure city where police do not tolerate violence.

    Yorba Linda

    Even Northern Parts of San Diego

    July 18, 2023
    • I hope Indian Government follows your suggestion. But I believe it may open in Beverly Hills or West Hollywood as the government likes “well off areas”.

      July 18, 2023
    • I agreed.👍

      July 20, 2023
  • As a third generation Indian born overseas and never lived in India, I don’t see any need of a consular office. Those who moved to USA will die in USA. Their attachment for India will fade.

    July 18, 2023
    • We are not talking about any specific generation of Indian communities here.
      As long as US government is open to Indian immigrant we need to have the office near Los Angeles.

      July 20, 2023
  • I agree we have more population is out of Los Angu
    Better to do out off Los Angeles

    July 19, 2023
  • Thank you all for your suggestions. I think it is not just for the Los Angeles metro area but also for San Diego and whole of southern California.

    July 21, 2023

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