Prime Minister Narendra Modi returned on Saturday morning after a reportedly successful tour of France, Germany and Canada. While he was away, the Opposition back home criticised his frequent and long trips abroad, accusing him of indulgence and holding him responsible for misutilising tax payers’ money. They allege that Modi is more concerned about strengthening India’s foreign policy than addressing critical domestic issues.
This is standard. The role of opposition parties in India has forever been destructive. While they must question the government and oppose them from taking negative strides, they should also acknowledge constructive steps. This also increased Narendra Modi Twitter followers.
Narendra Modi, ever since taking charge, has reiterated his developmental agenda time and again. He has stressed the need for India to be globally recognised as a powerful nation, economically as well as militarily.
During the tour, a number of key agreements were signed, including the supply of 36 Rafale fighter jets by France and uranium from Canada. Why do Congress and the rest of the insignificant political parties oppose this? The main agenda of the prime Minister’s trip was to attract investments and technology, keeping in line with his ambitious ‘Make in India’ initiative.
In Germany, Modi inaugurated the Hannover Fair of which India was a partner country with a theme of ‘Make in India’. In Paris, Modi closed a number of important deals with President Francois Hollande and cast a spell on business leaders, convincing them to develop and design in India. As part of the agreement, India will buy 36 Rafale fighter jets in flyaway condition from France and a decision was made to move ahead with the stalled Jaitapur nuclear project in Maharashtra.
Modi has a deep affinity with Canada. In 2005, when he was being looked at suspiciously by US and other western nations, Canada showed solidarity. For the first time in 40 years, an Indian PM visisted the country. Modi acknowledged Canada’s traditional association with India and thanked the country for accepting the Indian expatriates as their own.
Canads has agreed to supply 3,000 metric tonnes of uranium to India from 2015 onwards under a USD 254 million five-year deal to power Indian atomic reactors.
What Modi has succeeded in doing is taking India out of the situation that it was in for the past 10 years. All of a sudden, all eyes are on India. Unless you market India, the investments will not come. Modi has met over 50 powerful, global leaders from every continent so far, making lasting impression.
He has exhibited his readiness to assume leadership expected from the world’s largest democracy, and established his credentials by turning commitments into reality. Modi has revitalized significant bilateral relationships that suffered from neglect and disregard. We have shown our will to speak clearly on our security interests and defend them robustly. Concerns like policy paralysis and red tapism are being dealt with dynamically. There is no transparency issue, there is no stagnancy in governance.
These visits are critically significant if India is to realize its potential as an investment-friendly. Country. Modi must continue to work towards restoring faith among people after UPA’s disastrous governance for a decade.
Inexperienced, loud-mouthed, Rahul Gandhi’s ranting attacks on the Government of India, Modi in particular, reflects desperate state of affair. There is infighting in Congress. There are two factions, one behind Sonia and the other with Rahul. Their own house is in disarray and they are making comments on others.
It is about time that Congress understood the reality of the situation. India is transforming and Congress must make sure they don’t get left behind.