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PM Modi's speech took the nation by storm, people in India feels proud and 'Vande Mataram' is being chanted in a foreign land

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NEW DELHI, August 14, 2016: The Indian diaspora now feels a sense of “belongingness,” the statement by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Saturday, August 13 came in response to PM Modi’s take on atrocities in Balochistan and Pak Occupied Kashmir (PoK).

For decades, Government only took a few defensive steps to deal with cross-border terrorism but it proved to be ineffective over time and the Kashmir narrative till today remains unsolved. PM Modi is the first Indian to openly challenge Pakistan on terrorism and this strong move will save India from its biggest geopolitical failure since Independence and prove how effective is Modi’s legacy.

According to PTI reports, Sushma said, “India today sets the global agenda as opposed to before when it used to be a mute spectator on global issues. Today, when India speaks the world listens.” In foreign policy the Central Government has brought a “paradigm shift” and today when India speaks the “world listens.”

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Modi’s speech took the nation by storm and people in India feels proud and ‘Vande Mataram’ is being chanted in a foreign land. Giving a helping hand to Indians abroad and find a solution to the distress was “never a priority” for the External Affairs Ministry before, added Swaraj.

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“PM has himself said that this ministry was about having fancy dinners wearing suit and boot. But today our embassies remain on toes,” Swaraj said to PTI.

Reacting to PM Modi’s statement on Balochistan, World Baloch Women’s Forum president and an activist Naela Quadri Baloch on Saturday said to DNA that people of Balochistan support him and urged that PM Modi to take up the Baloch issue with the international community at the United Nations, this year in September.

Members of Hari Om Mandir in Chicago. Courtesy: Asian Media USA
Members of Hari Om Mandir in Chiacgo. Courtesy: Asian Media USA
Hari Om Mandir
Hari Om Mandir, Chicago. Credit: Asian Media USA

In addition to that, Baloch National Movement (UK) spokesperson Hammal Haider Baloch also expressed similar thoughts by saying, ‘It is for the first time that an Indian Prime Minister has expressed his wish to support the Baloch people. And, I think it is a very crucial decision made by the Indian Government. We hope Prime Minister Modi will play the same role that (Indira) Gandhi had played in 1970-71.’

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Recently, Delhi-based Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation launched a book- ‘The Modi Doctrine: New Paradigms in India’s Foreign Policy’ where Sushma Swaraj was also present along with Priti Patel, Indian-origin Minister for International Development in Britain.

“Naturally, the pursuit of these objectives has not been without its challenges, among them cross-border terrorism. But the wisdom of our approach and the sincerity of our efforts are clearly gaining broader support,” she said to PTI.

– prepared by NewsGram Team 

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Big reforms Led to India becoming the fastest growing major Economy globally: Garg

It also has enormous implications for emerging markets and developing countries

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The RBI building in Mumbai.
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The major reforms undertaken by the Indian government for raising economic growth and maintaining macroeconomic stability have made the country one of the fastest growing major economies in the world, said Subhash Chandra Garg, Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs (DEA).

Garg was addressing the Special Event hosted by US-India Strategic Partnership Forum on ‘Indian Economy: Prospect and Challenges’ in Washington D.C on Friday.

Indian economy needs more reforms.
Indian economy needs more reforms.

He said the launch of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) represented an “historic economic and political achievement, unprecedented in Indian tax and economic reforms, which has rekindled optimism on structural reforms.” He further emphasized that India carried-out such major reforms when the global economy was slow.

“With the cyclical recovery in global growth amid supportive monetary conditions and the transient impact of the major structural reforms over, India will continue to perform robustly,” Garg said.

During his meetings, Garg highlighted that the digital age technologies have profound implications for policies concerning every aspects of the economy. It also has enormous implications for emerging markets and developing countries.

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He expressed that the response to such a transformation will have to shift from ‘catch up’ growth to adoption/adaption of digital technologies for development and growth.

Garg also informed that India has started adopting policies and programmes for transforming systems of delivery of services using digital technologies and connecting every Indian with digital technologies and access through Aadhaar and other such means.

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Indian economy should be on rise. Image: Mapsofindia

While citing the example of expanding mobile data access, he mentioned that India is now the largest consumer of mobile data in the world with 11 gigabytes mobile data consumption per month. He informed that India is investing in digital technologies, encouraging private sector to adapt these technologies and also addressing the taxation related issues by introducing equalisation levy.

Garg is currently on an official tour to Washington D.C. to attend the Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank and other associated meetings. He is accompanied by Urjit Patel, Governor, Reserve Bank of India and other senior officials. IANS