Indian Envoy Navtej Singh Sarna

Indian envoy Navtej Sarna said 9/11 and Y2K brought India and US closer post the Cold War era

Washington:  Two major developments — the 9/11 terror attack and Y2K bug — brought India and the US together in a post-Cold War era, India’s envoy to the US has said.

As India faced US sanctions in the aftermath of the Pokhran nuclear tests, the two countries were initiating dialogue in the years thereafter, the Indian Ambassador to the US, Navtej Singh Sarna, told a Washington audience.

Pokhran-II was the series of five nuclear bomb tests conducted by India at the Indian Army’s Pokhran Test Range in May 1998. It was the second Indian nuclear test; the first test, code-named Smiling Buddha, was conducted in May 1974.

“Those were the days of Y2K and suddenly Indian computer engineers began to solve problems and actually set things right all over the United States. And we went up in respect. The diaspora had become about one and a half million and was beginning to be heard not only in companies and in hospitals but also on the Hill. So that’s where it all began,” Mr Sarna said at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

The Y2K bug or the Millennium bug was a problem in the coding of computerised systems that was projected to create havoc in computers and computer networks around the world at the beginning of the year 2000.

“Then somehow, a couple of years later the most significant thing happened, a tragic event actually, but it brought us…

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