Issues pending for 65 years got resolved in 9 years


Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi and Prime Minister of Australia Anthony Albanese jointly declared Sydney’s Harris Park as ‘Little India’ during their recent visit to Australia., as Harris Park is home to many Indian restaurants, Indian spice and grocery stores, boutiques, and cultural centers. The purpose of Modi’s visit is to strengthen bilateral relations with Australia. This is Narendra Modi’s second visit to Australia after becoming the Prime Minister. This visit gives a glimpse of the changed relations of India with major countries in the last 9 years. The development of bilateral relations with major developed countries has raised India’s image globally. Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese addressed Prime Minister Modi as ‘The Boss’ amid hundreds of Indian expatriates present at the Kudos Bank Arena in Sydney. It is not surprising that according to a survey released by Morning Consult, a US-based consulting firm, the tag of the world’s most famous Prime Minister still belongs to Modi. The Prime Minister has considered foreign policy as an instrument of national importance and has enhanced relations with countries all over the world. Its peace and prosperity and sovereignty at its center have been ensured. India’s new foreign policy is said to be the biggest achievement of the Modi government, as it has taken India to new heights on various fronts.

During his first Independence Day speech in 2014, the Prime Minister called himself ‘Pradhan Sevak’ and during his tenure in the last 9 years, he has truly played the role of Pradhan Sevak of the country. It would not be an exaggeration to say that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has become an example for future leaders. Through people-centric governance, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has brought real changes not only in the society but also in the lives of every section. He gave importance to the participation of citizens in governance and the citizens gave him full cooperation. During the successful tenure of the Prime Minister for 9 years, not only were many issues pending for 65 years easily resolved, but the standard of living of the general public also improved tremendously.

Change: Ever since Modi became the Prime Minister of India, he has very intelligently handled the issue of development of the country among the global elite, due to which India has emerged as a new world power and strong economy. There are lessons to be learned from Modi in raising the bar of bilateral relations and dealing deftly with the big powers. He revived and improved relations with some important countries in the world. These steps are also important because India is facing an economically growing China in the East.

Recently China’s aggressive attitude against India has become more dangerous, but on the other hand India has succeeded in strengthening its diplomatic relations with world powers. India has strengthened its relations with America, Australia and Vietnam. Giving priority to self-interest, it has continued its strategic partnership and trade with Russia even during the Russia-Ukraine war. The new foreign policy under Modi aims to make India the world’s third largest economy, which will eventually help it become a major global leader. Therefore, his bilateral engagements and visits abroad are important to attract investment and technology.

The result of Prime Minister Modi’s foreign visits has undoubtedly been positive. Due to this, foreign relations have continuously improved and investment in the country has increased continuously. Today India has not only become the economic power of the world, but has also emerged as a ray of hope for the world. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has recently called India a ‘bright spot’ of the world economy in its Global Economic Outlook report ‘A Rocky Recovery’ and has told that in the coming years India will play a major role in global development. India’s overall exports including services and merchandise exports have already crossed USD 750 billion and are expected to cross USD 760 billion this year. India has recently launched the Foreign Trade Policy 2023 with an aim to take India’s exports to $2 trillion by 2030.

contribute to solving problems
The important steps taken by India to combat climate change have received support from across the world. Even the United Nations (UN) has recognized India as a fundamental partner in climate amelioration efforts. India has made green development, climate, finance and sustainable lifestyle its first priority in its G-20 presidency this year. As per the National-Level Determined Contributions (NDCs), India has committed to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions intensity by 45 percent as a proportion of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by 2030. will do it. During the United Nations Climate Change Conference, 2022, India pledged to achieve net zero emissions by 2070 and invest about Rs 85.6 trillion by 2030 to meet the country’s adaptation needs. To accomplish this, India is using green sources of energy for overall reduction of carbon footprint.

During the pandemic, India enhanced its foreign relations by ramping up manufacturing of vaccines and as part of its foreign diplomacy and commitment to humanity, India exported 65 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to over 100 countries Did. India’s space technological capability has long been used as an effective instrument of foreign policy. India has always had an advantage on this front as well. Showcasing its technological prowess and prowess, in the last 5 years, the Indian Space Research Organization has launched 177 satellites from 19 different countries such as France, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Colombia, Finland, Israel, Italy and Japan.

growing ties with the Middle East
Not only with the US and the West, PM Modi has also maintained cordial and strategic relations with the countries of the Middle East, while the US has turned its eyes away from the Middle East. At such a time, Prime Minister Modi has focused more than ever on strengthening his relations with the strategic region. India’s role in the Middle East has grown and it is being accorded an unprecedented level of respect and importance in the region. Modi has built strong ties with countries like Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Jordan etc. and has also kept its relations with Israel flourishing. Despite the poor relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran, India has continued its trade with both the countries at the same time. During this, India has also maintained strategic relations with Israel and Palestine. India is signing a Free Trade Agreement with Israel while maintaining bilateral relations with Palestine. Recently India and U.A.E. signed an MoU for cooperation in the field of industries and advanced technologies in 2022. Be it economic or strategic, India’s development has increased manifold during the Modi era. His policies and leadership have opened many global doors for the country and shown the might of India to the world. His leadership skills are acknowledged globally and his initiatives to elevate India on the global stage are admired. Due to this, Mr. Modi has also received many honors in the country and abroad. Certainly the dream of a developed India by 2047 is now on the verge of fulfillment.

Chancellor, Chandigarh University
Founder, N.I.D. Foundation Convener, Indian Minorities Foundation.

– Satnam Singh Sandhu

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