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The paper attempts to explore how the Indian diaspora in the United States of America has emerged and shaped itself in the post-1965 Kennedy-Johnson immigration legislation. It seeks to look in to the role of soft-power of the third largest immigrant group, and its effects in the country which they are playing in the political and economic scenario in both the countries. The paper seeks to look in to the history of the Indian diaspora in the country which forms one of the most important political lobbies. Moreover, this population also comprised the ‘twice-migrant’ Indians who fled from there during the Idi Amin regime, in the seventies. The $55 billion annual remittance sent to India aside, the Overseas Citizens of India Card scheme are all attempts by the Indian political sphere at being more inclusive towards the much valued community. However, in the event of the Pokhran-II testing of Indian nuclear device, the relationship among the two countries turned to sour, finally to be revived to as much as collaborating to come together on the 2008 India-US nuclear deal.

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Shayesta Nishat Ahmed. (2019). The Role of Indian Diaspora and Soft Power in the United States of America and its Effects on the India-USA Relations. Think India, 22(10), 1405-1419. Retrieved from