India could soon become a ‘NATO ally as US lawmakers introduced a new bill

  1. US lawmakers has introduced a bill called HR 2123 to strengthen US-India strategic partnership.The legislation if passed would ensure that the US State Department treat India as a NATO ally for the purposes of the Arms Export Control Act.
  2. The proposed legislation follows the National Defense Authorization Act(NDAA),2017.The NDAA had designated India as a major defence partner which brings India at par with closest US partners in terms of defence trade and technology transfer.
  3. The significance of the legislation is that it would send a powerful signal that defence sales to India should be prioritised according to US-India Strategic Partnership Forum,which had worked on this legislation.
  4. North Atlantic Treaty Organization(NATO) is an intergovernmental military alliance between 29 North American and European countries.It constitutes a system of collective defense whereby its independent member states agree to mutual defense in response to an attack by any external party.