Modi charms US, sets agenda for dy­namic global part­ner­ships


There is a gen­eral sense of eu­pho­ria and a fresh wave of con­fi­dence among In­di­ans, not just in the coun­try but also over­seas, thanks to the Prime Min­is­ter, Naren­dra Modi, who has changed the dy­nam­ics of gov­er­nance, of con­nect­ing with peo­ple, of rein­vig­o­rat­ing for­eign re­la­tions, etc. From his mas­ter­stroke of invit­ing Heads of State of SAARC coun­tries (be­sides Mau­ri­tius) to his most talked-about visit to the United States, Naren­dra Modi is emerg­ing as a global states­man and we be­lieve that this en­hanced stature will take the coun­try to the next level in the comity of na­tions.

From his ad­dress at the United Na­tions Gen­eral Assem­bly where he talked about the im­por­tance of com­ing to­gether of na­tions to deal with the men­ace of ter­ror­ism, to has rock star per­for­mance at the Cen­tral Park in New York to the youth on chan­nelis­ing their en­er­gies, to the eu­phoric ad­dress at Madi­son Square Gar­den egging the In­dian di­as­pora and US law­mak­ers to take note of the “New In­dia,” and to the in­tense meet­ings with US business heads and fi­nally the peak of all meet­ings with Pres­i­dent Barack Obama, the Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi had changed the im­age of In­dia—an In­dia brim­ming with con­fi­dence, an In­dia with enor­mous tal­ent, an In­dia on the verge of be­com­ing an eco­nomic pow­er­house.

In this is­sue, we have a se­ries of analy­ses by em­i­nent in­di­vid­u­als on the US visit of Modi. Start­ing with the anal­y­sis of Ad­mi­ral Arun Prakash (Retd) who states that the im­pact of Modi’s visit would come a few months down the line as the ‘devil is in the de­tail’, but men­tions how it peaked with the joint ed­i­to­rial of Modi-Obama in the Wash­ing­ton Post, high­light­ing the true po­ten­tial of the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the two coun­tries and op­por­tu­ni­ties to broaden and deepen the same.

At the United Na­tions Gen­eral Assem­bly, the Prime Min­is­ter made a be­fit­ting ad­dress and we have Gen­eral V.P. Ma­lik (Retd) stat­ing that this shows the prag­matic vi­sion­ary Modi is not only for In­dia and South Asia, but also at the global level. The in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity will have to take greater no­tice of him here­after, and more im­por­tantly, with that of In­dia. Hav­ing raised ex­pec­ta­tions of his au­di­ence in the US and in In­dia, the suc­cess of the road map de­pends upon the bu­reau­cra­cies in both coun­tries.

De­fence co­op­er­a­tion is ex­pected to go notches up after Modi’s visit. The two coun­tries are en­ter­ing into a new era of co-de­vel­op­ment and co-pro­duc­tion that is go­ing to trans­form the face of In­dia-US de­fence re­la­tions from sup­plier-buyer to co-de­vel­oper and co­pro­ducer, in line with the ‘Make in In­dia’ vi­sion of the Prime Min­is­ter. The vi­sion state­ment for the US-In­dia Strate­gic Part­ner­ship ‘Chalein Saath Saath: For­ward We Go’ was the crown­ing glory of Modi’s visit. Re­flect­ing this ‘Make in In­dia’ vi­sion, an MoU has been signed be­tween Rock­well Collins of US and Zen Tech­nolo­gies of In­dia to com­bine their strengths on sim­u­la­tion and train­ing.

Hav­ing said that we have Lt Gen­eral P.C. Ka­toch (Retd), who does not mince words, states that if the ‘Make in In­dia’ cam­paign has to suc­ceed in the de­fence sec­tor, a whole lot of re­forms have to be ef­fected among them be­ing dis­man­tling bu­reau­cratic hur­dles. We be­lieve that the gov­ern­ment un­der Modi’s lead­er­ship is earnest, pro-de­vel­op­ment and is lay­ing em­pha­sis on good gov­er­nance.

‘May the Force be with you, Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi’.

Jayant Baranwal Pub­lisher & Ed­i­tor-in-Chief

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