Narendra Modi in US

The easily excitable diaspora admittedly didn't need too much convincing of 'Modi's greatness', yet the intensity of their enthusiasm and choice of topics in the prime minister's speech threw up some interesting takeaways.

In their background, personality, road to power, administrative experience and acumen, lifestyle, ideology, beliefs and leadership approach, Modi and Trump are as similar as chalk and cheese.

Most articles that project Modi and Trump as each other's 'mirror image' are poorly conceptualized and lack in basic interpretation of facts.

It is here where Trump and Modi show a remarkable similarity.

[caption id="attachment_455" align="aligncenter" width="688"] PIB image Prime Minister Narendra Modi with US business leaders.[/caption]

PIB image A brief look at Modi's topics of discussion at Ritz Carlton where he met around 700-odd members of Indian diaspora reveals this pattern.

None of these are new and in fact, have been repeated ad infinitum by Modi at various fora but in repeating his achievements, the prime minister feels he is performing two important functions - addressing the sense of fulfillment in NRIs and reinforcing his effectiveness to an audience back home.

Modi considers them an important part of his tool to shape America's outlook towards India.

His reference to surgical strikes: "When India conducted surgical strikes the world experienced our power and realised that India practices restraint but can show its muscle when needed," was yet another example.

Modi also narrated the story of Uzma Ahmed, an Indian national trapped in Pakistan before being rescued by a proactive ministry of external affairs, carried forward this theme of a government that cares and one that is untainted by corruption - a point he made at length.

Modi, according to reports, took copious notes when business leaders such as Sundar Pichai, Tim Cook, Jeff Bezos, Jamie Dimon, Shantanu Narayen, Ajay Banga, Doug McMillon, Alex Gorsky, Marillyn Hewson, among others were holding forth on their experience of conducting business in India.

Modi's job here was to show that India isn't really the protectionist regime that it is touted to be, but a place friendly for business and an opportunity willing to be tapped that will ensure inclusive growth in India and will be mutually beneficial for both countries.

It is unrealistic to expect that top American business honchos will have bought readily into the image that Modi portrayed of India - there are too many variables at work - but he seems to have already made a mark.

While talking to Shereen Bhan of CNN News 18, he called Modi an "Action-oriented man who has a great eye for detail" and expressed his optimism about India.

According to a report in India Today, he said: "The prime minister was looking for insights into how India can attract more foreign investment and I think there were many, many good ideas to discuss Everyone is excited to more invest in India and I am excited we can all do it together." France had already announced the closure on Friday of embassies and other institutions in 20 countries while, in Paris, some Muslim leaders urged their followers to heed a government ban on weekend demonstrations protesting against denigration of the prophet.

Businesses closed and streets emptied across the country as the government declared a national holiday, the "Day of Love for the Prophet Muhammad," to encourage peaceful protests against the controversial film that has ignited protest across the Muslim world for more than a week.

 

Source: Firstpost

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