The impact of the Prime Minister’s international visits
The Prime Minister’s visit to the United States of America and his interaction at the West Coast is yet another milestone in India’s increased stature internationally. The Prime Minister’s visits have created an unprecedented impact. Packed stadiums listen to him with great attention. There is an election like mood of frenzy in the audience. Heads of Governments associate with India and the Indian leader at a new wavelength. Heads of major international cooperations want to do increased business in India. It is time to analyse how this change came about? How is it that a mood of despondence that existed sixteen months ago has completely changed?
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seen as a decisive leader, who is pursuing changes and reforms in the right direction. His directional push to reforms and growth is no way impacted by the anti-growth attitude of the Congress Party. His determination appears to be firm. The result is that even in an adverse environment of global slowdown, India is showing potential of a respectable growth rate. He is strongly embedded to his cultural roots and yet realises the importance of economically modern ideas, technology and faster growth. He is making an equally strong push for social security schemes to lift the weaker sections out of poverty. He has created aspiration in India wherein India is no longer satisfied with 6% to 8% growth but it aims for a higher target.
The role of the successful Indian diaspora cannot be understated. They live in countries where their entrepreneurship has been unshackled. There was a sense of despondency about India. They considered India - their home where opportunities were being squandered. Today they see a Government led by Shri Narendra Modi which has potential to realise their aspirations. Their sense of pride and enthusiasm about India is unparalleled. Together Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Indian diaspora are creating this impact globally
About the AuthorArun JaitleyArun Jaitley Minister of Finance, Information & Broadcasting and Corporate Affairs
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