Have you come here in boats, asks John Kerry to IIT Delhi

Interacting with students at IIT, Delhi, Mr Kerry said, "We have to respect rights of all our citizens irrespective of creed and allow them to protest in peace without fear that they will be jailed for speaking".

His convoy was stuck on Satya Marg in Lutyens Delhi for an hour on Monday by a "spillover effect" owing to water logging in the main carriageways.

Asserting that New Delhi is blessed with the fastest growing major market in Asia, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday said India will be globes most populous nation with a rising middle class and a huge reservoir of entrepreneurial talent by 2030.

The India-US Strategic Dialogue was upgraded to Strategic and Commercial Dialogue a year ago at the initiative of Modi and US President Barack Obama.

"In fairness Pakistan has suffered greatly from this terrorism in their own country".

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) shakes hands with India's Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj before the start of their meeting in New Delhi, India, August 30, 2016.

According to NDTV, Kerry hailed India as an "established power with a footprint that affects the entire planet", and said the India-US pact will affect the whole world.

India's economy will only be able to maintain its impressive growth if its bureaucracy ceases to be "an expert in setting up roadblocks", Kerry said. "Terror is terror no matter where it comes from and who carries it out", he said.

He said, "In this age of information, people have access to immediate information".

"The regulatory process and the ability to move decisions is a challenge here".

Towards the end of his speech, Kerry shifted focus to climate change and on coming up with the solution of policy change to combat the same.

Ahead of the US-India-Afghanistan trilateral talks scheduled at the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session in September, Washington said it wanted New Delhi to continue its constructive role in Afghanistan.

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