India’s diplomatic victories
It is but natural for a divisive polity and diverse society such as India to villainise the head of the nation. But Modi has weathered all political storms and has come clean to ensure the success of his vision
I don’t have any love for Prime Minister Narendra Modi. But as an Indian who is committed to safeguarding and promoting the values of the Indian Constitution, I am keen to support the positive initiatives of the Prime Minister.
In a society, which is highly divisive, politically hot and diverse in different aspects, it is nothing but natural to villainise the head of the nation. Modi is known to have weaththered these political storms and has come out clean to ensure the successful staging of his visionary schemes and policies.
Somewhere he might have slipped inadvertently but that is common to any human being. however, in the overall perspective, it is clear that Modi is standing tall in promoting the welfare of India and its citizens. According to the Prime Minister’s official website, he had travelled to nearly 70 countries and has spend around Rs 250 crore in the last four and half years.
What did he bring in from these foreign visits? He made sure that India becomes a nation to be watch ed seriously by the entire world.
He showcased the strengths of India, pursued the international countries to lend support to counter the terrorists operating in foreign soils against India, brought in a huge capital, technology and innovative ideas to transform the country.
Indeed India is transforming at a rapid speed and the world is watching keenly. Modi’s foreign visits have reformed and transformed the Indian economy and society in a massive way. It needs guts of steel to counter the mammoth Chinese strength in the Asian continent and wider will to play on the front foot with the world as the stage. In both ways, the Modi Government has achieved quite remarkably.
Pakistan was sending terrorists across the border and playing cricket and simultaneously distributing sweets on Holi and Diwali. Modi made sure that multi-tricked Pakistan is exposed. He smartly succeeded in bringing out the evil designs of Pakistan. The United States has held the funds for terrorists operating against India. It has also blocked the funds for Pakistan.
A famous pro Indian Republican Larry Pressler in his book Neighbours in Arms: An American Senator’s Quest for Disarmament in a Nuclear Subcontinent gives a clear picture of the US’s actions against these terrorist networks operating from Pakistan. He thanks US President Donald Trump for openly branding Pakistan as a terrorist state and creating existential trouble for terrorist groups like the Hizbul Mujahideen, Haqqani Network, the Taliban, Lashkar-e-Tayyaba etc.
The Modi Government has successfully catalysed people like Larry Pressler and networks like pro-India lobbies to put a fullstop to the troubles coming across the borders.
For many years, India has been talking about self-sufficiency in defence productions. But Modi Government is making sure that the talk is turned into action. Dreams floated in the air for ages are now turning into reality.
Defence manufacturing is taking the right shape and India may achieve export status in the next 10 years. This was possible through right persuasion and collaboration of foreign companies to start manufacturing defence hubs in India.
The recent Defence Expo 2018 held at Thiruvidanthai near Chennai saw a record number of foreign companies showing interests in starting defence manufacturing in India. By 2025, India is expected to produce military goods and services worth Rs 1.7 lakh crore.
World renowed defence equipment manufacturing companies like Lockheed Martin, Boeing of the United States, Saab (Sweden), Airbus, Dassault Aviation (France), Rosoboronexport, United Shipbuilding Corporation (Russia), BAE Systems (United Kingdom), Sibat (Israel), Wartsila (Finland) and Rohde and Schwarz (Germany) are among the 154 foreign participating companies.
With Japan, India has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to send three lakh youths to get on-job training in the next three years. This is a major breakthrough to providing employment opportunities for job starved Indian population. The excess capital and human resources of Japan and India will lead to the prosperity of both nations.
In all ways, Narendra Modi’s charisma is working to the advantage of India. He has brought in huge foreign capital. It has doubled to over $60 billion in the last four years.
The Prime Minister has increased the clout of India widely around the world. From the President of United States to the Queen of England to the Prime Minister of tiny island Fiji, every head of the State around the world salutes India under the leadership of Narendra Modi.
Now, the entire nation must rally behind the Government to ensure prosperity, peace and progress for all, leaving the petty politics behind. No internal problem should block our external progress.
(The author is Dean at Nehru Memorial College, Trichy)
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