We live in the era of dotcoms and dotcons! Each day sees the birth of a new idea, a new dotcom. In such an environment, can two progressive administrations stay out of the race? On March 24, 2000, the two cyber-savvy governments - of the US and Andhra Pradesh - came together in Hyderabad to institutionalise US-AP.com.
President Clintons visit to Cyberabad and his exhilarating speech at Hitec City to the czars of Indian infotech industry marks a turning point in Indo-US IT ties. People-to-people contact between the US and Andhra goes back several decades. A significant percentage of H1B visas are issued from the US Chennai consulate and its estimated that most of these go to people from Hyderabad. The lingua franca in most Silicon Valley units is no longer C++ or Java but Telugu!