India's ambassador to the United States said her country looks to the U.S. as its model for expanding civil rights and economic opportunity for its citizens.
During a Thursday night talk at Fresno City College, Nirupama Rao — India's ambassador to the U.S. since 2011 — said her country is making progress by expanding compulsory education and embracing technology.
But with its population approaching 1.3 billion, India must open its doors wider to the rest of the world to attract technology and economic investment, she said.
Rao said Indian women are gaining more rights — she cited herself as an example to illustrate progress — but she acknowledged that it will take years to completely change her country's attitudes toward women.
About 70 people turned out for Rao's hour-long talk at FCC's Old Administration Building. She was joined by Rep. Jim Costa, D-Fresno. They are scheduled to appear today at a Maddy Institute breakfast at Fresno State, and will participate at 9:30 a.m. in a brief ceremony at the Fresno State Peace Garden to honor Mohandas Gandhi, who led India's struggle for independence from Great Britain.
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