India a "geopolitical ally" of US: Republicans

Cleveland (US): Describing India as a "geopolitical ally" of the US, the Republican party has asked New Delhi to protect all its religious communities from violence and discrimination as well as permit greater flow of FDI.

The Republican manifesto released by the party after its formal approval said that Indian ancestry had made notable contributions to the US.

"India is our geopolitical ally and a strategic trading partner. The dynamism of its people and the endurance of their democratic institutions are earning their country a position of leadership not only in Asia but throughout the world," it said.

"For all of India's religious communities, we urge protection against violence and discrimination," it said.

The 2012 Republican platform had welcomed a stronger relationship with India both economically and culturally as well as in matters of national security.

"We hereby affirm and declare that India is our geopolitical ally and a strategic trading partner. We

encourage India to permit greater foreign investment and trade. We urge protection for adherents of all India's religions," it said.

The four-day Convention of the Republican party is currently going on in Cleveland, Ohio which will culminate with formal coronation of billionaire Donald Trump as the party's presidential candidate on Thursday.

Lalit K Jha