In early August, both houses of India’s parliament overwhelmingly passed a landmark Goods and Services Tax (GST) bill that will bring India closer to a common market than ever before. This milestone comes as the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi approaches the end of the first half of its term, and elections in India’s largest state, Uttar Pradesh, loom in early 2017.
To take stock of the current state of India’s politics, economics, and foreign policy, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace—in collaboration with the Georgetown University India Initiative and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI)—hosted a wide-ranging discussion with three leading members of Parliament from across the political spectrum. Carnegie’s Milan Vaishnav moderated. The delegation’s visit was part of FICCI’s annual India-U.S. Forum of Parliamentarians, which aims to deepen the engagement between lawmakers of both countries.
Sushmita Dev is a first-term Lok Sabha member of parliament from the Indian National Congress, representing the Silchar constituency in Assam. She was previously a member of Assam state assembly.
Baijayant “Jay” Panda
Baijayant “Jay” Panda is a two-term Lok Sabha member of parliament from the Biju Janata Dal, representing the Kendrapara constituency in Odisha. He was previously a member of the Rajya Sabha.
Anurag Thakur is a three-term Lok Sabha member of parliament from the Bharatiya Janata Party, representing the Hamirpur constituency in Himachal Pradesh. He also serves as president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India.
Milan Vaishnav is senior associate in the South Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where he works on the political economy of India.