Saturday, 22 August 2015

PM Narendra Modi's Foreign Visits

Narendra Modi, the 15th Prime Minister of India, after assuming office on 26th May 2014 has made 27 ministerial trips to foreign countries as of August 2015. Though his aggression of promoting India’s diplomacy has been a subject of many debates and discussions, Prime Minister Narendra Modi seems firm on his strategy to make India the center of global attention.

Modi’s first foreign visit as the Prime Minister was to the neighboring nation Bhutan and was then followed by Brazil, Nepal, Japan, United States, Myanmar, Australia, Fiji and Nepal again during the year 2014.

In 2015 so far he has visited Seychelles, Mauritius, Sri Lanka, Singapore, France, Germany, Canada, China, Mongolia, South Korea, Bangladesh, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and United Arab Emirates (UAE).

PM Narendra Modi’s visit to Nepal was an Indian Prime Minister’s first visit in last 17 years. He was also the first PM to visit Fiji since 1981, and the first Indian Prime minister to visit Mongolia.

In his visits Modi assuredly spoke to the Indian community residing in that foreign country. His elaborate and inspiring speeches became main attractions of his visits wherein he swayed his supporters and made every effort to rejuvenate a sense of Indianness in them. His publicity among Indians residing outside India has caught the eye of international and national media. Modi’s connect with NRIs play a crucial role as these Indians send home large amounts of money, making India the largest receiver of remittances in the world, receiving an estimated total of 70 billion USD.

His recent visit to UAE has been one of immense significance as UAE is India’s largest trading partner followed by China and US. With good relations with Iran and UAE, India can play a contributing role to disentangle the political situation in middle-east. Also, his visits to Asian countries and especially countries bordering India will certainly mend battered relations and push for integrated economic advancement in the Indian subcontinent region.

These visits have helped India to attract investments as well as find investment opportunities in foreign countries. India has attracted investments in infrastructure, transport and education from countries like Japan, France, China, and Israel. Iran has agreed to increase oil exports to India, while aircraft manufacturer Airbus will increase its outsourcing to India to 2 billion USD. Modi has been able to convince Australia and Canada to supply uranium for energy production. Apart from this inflow of investments, India will invest in producing hydroelectric energy in Bhutan and Nepal. India will be building the largest ever dam in Nepal.

In his speeches, Narendra Modi has reiterated the need to develop connectivity among SAARC nations like the one present among European Union (EU) countries. He had also proposed to develop SAARC Satellite at Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) ‘as a gift to neighbors.’ Though development is the prime focus of his speeches, Modi in his foreign visits has been vocal about the growing threat of terrorism to global harmony and the lack of response from Pakistan to support India’s fight against terrorism.