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Modi in UK: Civil Nuclear Cooperation Agreement Signed

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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi and the Prime Minister of United Kingdom (UK), Mr. David Cameroon, at the Drum (Treasury Quadrangle), in London on November 12, 2015.

London: After India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi landed in Britain on a 3-day visit, New Delhi and London signed a civil nuclear cooperation agreement after the two sides held delegation level talks here.

“The conclusion of the civil nuclear agreement is a symbol of our mutual trust and our resolve to combat climate change,” Modi said while issuing a joint statement along with British Premier David Cameron.

“The agreement for cooperation in India’s Global Centre for Clean Energy Partnerships will strengthen safety and security in the global nuclear industry,” he said.

Modi said India attached great value to defense and security cooperation with Britain, including regular exercises and defense trade and collaboration.

“This cooperation will grow. I am also pleased that the UK will participate in the International Fleet Review in India in February 2016. UK will also be a strong partner in India’s defense modernization plans, including our ‘Make in India’ mission in the defense sector,” the Indian prime minister said.

He said the economic partnership between the two countries was quite robust “and a key pillar of our partnership”.

“I expressed confidence that this relationship grow rapidly in the years ahead, given the size and scale of opportunities in a rapidly expanding India and Britain’s own formidable economic strengths,” Modi said.

Stating that Britain was already the third largest investor in India, he said there was more investment from India in Britain than in the rest of the European Union combined.

Modi expressed happiness with the progress in the cooperation between the two countries in clean energy and climate change, involving the governments and the private sector.

“This is an area of immense importance and enormous opportunities. Our bilateral cooperation will supplement India’s comprehensive and ambitious national plan on climate change,” he said.

According to the Indian prime minister, the partnership between the two countries includes peace and stability in Asia, especially in South Asia and West Asia, maritime security, cyber security, terrorism, and extremism.

He also thanked Cameron for the strong British support for India’s permanent membership in the UN Security Council and membership in the international export control regimes.

On his part, Cameron said that as the oldest and largest democracies, Britain and India were natural partners.

He said Britain and India would build stronger economic, defense, and global partnerships.

He expressed strong support from Britain for India’s claim to permanent membership in the UN Security Council.

Modi also said that India would never tolerate intolerance. Asked about sectarian strife in India, he told the media that the Indian authorities will “take strict action against those who indulge in such (violent) acts”.

“India will not tolerate intolerance,” he said, adding that India was the land of Lord Buddha and Mahatma Gandhi.

“We are a democracy and committed to freedom of speech,” he said. “We are not an intolerant society.”

Without naming Pakistan, Modi said countries promoting terrorism must be isolated.

Terrorism was not a matter confronting just two or three countries, he said, and noted that the scourge terrorism has spread so much today that it respects no borders.

Modi said humanity has to unite against terrorism and “those who promote terrorism should be isolated”.

Prior to the official talks, the Indian prime minister was accorded a ceremonial guard of honor at the Treasury Quadrangle on King Charles Street here.

Modi also met members of the Sikh community in Britain before beginning his official engagements. The PMO India tweeted:

Modi was earlier received at Heathrow international airport, among others, by British Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Hugo Swire, British High Commissioner to India James David Evan, Indian High Commissioner to Britain Ranjan Mathai, and British Minister of State for Employment Priti Patel, who is of Indian origin. Following the delegation level talks, he paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi at his statue in the Parliament Square here. After Modi laid floral tributes at the statue, the Prime Minister’s Office India tweeted:

A fly-past by the Red Arrows, the aerobatics display team of the Royal Air Force, with the Indian colors marked the event.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Modi in UK: Will we ever be decolonised?

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By Dr. Kallol Guha

Prime Minister Modi’s reception at London had the pomp and glamour of a five-star quality. However, it is interesting to speculate what went on inside the mind of the host who leads a 6.4 crore British population internationally far more influential and powerful, and for all practical purposes, remotely controls their former colonies– including 125 crore Indians— who are plagued with poverty, ill health,  fourth rate imitation schooling and underdevelopment.

The host, when receiving Modi, must have been very well aware that their guest, in fact, represents 7-8 crore Anglophonic Indians, who are a miserable and pathetic caricature of the British life style, and are ruling over the rest 117-118 crore, while protecting the interest of the Anglo-American axis power in India.

This situation is favorably comparable to the early days of British Raj, when Aristocrats and Babus – under the direct supervision of one lakh white-skinned British population –were the keepers of British interest in the 35 crore-strong India.

The British host probably knows better than Modi that it is the marketing machinery of the Anglo-American corporate press that is preaching  about the “Largest Democracy”, “Freedom of Press”, and the “growth rate” of India which means nothing to the majority non-Anglophonic Indians  living below poverty line.

The British also must also know better than their Indian counterparts that the fourth-rate Indian schooling – a caricature of the Anglo-American system – has not made any new contribution in any field during the last 65 years and is not likely to pose any competition to the major countries  in the field of intellectual performance.

The British could not possibly overlook the fact that it is their manipulation of the Indian education system (Macaulay’s Doctrine) which has made it possible for them to remote control all of India’s resources through the control of its human resource. So successful was this process that Indians seem to have lost all sense of self-respect and pride in identity, and in a way is now suffering from an identity crisis.

It is qualitatively the same Indian population who were ruled by one lakh British population for over two hundred years, who are now ruling four times that population through their agents represented by Modi.

At the time when I was teaching at the University of Constantine in Algeria, 99 percent of the university teaching staff was French as the medium of instruction there was French language. The student population of the University – by virtue of the cultural conditioning of the French colonial masters – showed distinct preference towards imitating their colonial masters in their language, dress, lifestyle, beliefs, and concepts, and look down upon everything that was indigenous. This is similar to the current state in India.

When the French instructors realized I was Indian, they would many a time speak their mind in my presence. They commented: “Look at these clowns. They believe they would be accepted as French equivalent by imitating us. France and the world will never accept them as one of us.  They have no sense of self-respect and do not realize that their only identity is Algerian. But these fools do not understand that.”

These comments of the French about the Algerians kicked me back to self-realization as I apprehended that the British must be thinking and saying similar things about the Anglophonic Indians, of which, I was one. As such, the British hosts must be thinking the same of Modi.

Let there be no miscalculation: the Anglo-American marketing forces will continue to blow horns inside and outside India about India’s “largest Democracy”, “Freedom of Press” and “growth rate”, as a tool to ensure remote control over India’s resources, while leaders such as Modi –like many others in the past– will continue to represent India in London, pretending they are equals!

 

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Modi in UK: Modi sells brand India at Wembley

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London: Asserting that diversity was India’s pride and strength, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday hard sold brand India during his much-awaited address to the Indian diaspora here even as he urged industry captains to push India-Britain ties.

“India is full of diversity. This diversity is our pride and our strength,” Modi said as a frenzied crowd of 60,000 British Indians chanted “Modi, Modi” at the iconic Wembley Stadium here.

“Kabir and Rahim have been our inspirations. The Sufi tradition is the best antidote to terrorism,” he said.

Earlier in the day, Modi was hosted for lunch by Queen Elizabeth II.

“India has no reason to remain poor. I can say that after my experience during the last 18 months,” Modi, who started his Wembley speech in English and then turned to Hindi, said.

“Such a youthful nation like India cannot lag behind in development,” said Modi in his over an hour long speech.

He said the fact that the world’s confidence in India was increasing was proved by the fact that foreign direct investment into India has increased by 40 percent over the past year.

“It shows the increasing international confidence in India,” Modi said in the speech he delivered in Hindi.

“Two dreams that we are working towards — a clean India and India with 24/7 electricity,” he said.

Modi said that 18,000 villages in India that were not connected with electricity would get this basic facility within the next 1,000 days.

“The pace and direction of progress in India is such that the fruits of development will be seen very soon,” Modi said.

Modi said that by the year 2019, the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, he would ensure that there was 24 hours of electricity all over the country.

Much to the delight of the people of Gujarati origin sitting in the crowd, he announced the start of direct flights between London and Ahmedabad from December 15 this year.

Modi also thanked British Prime Minister David Cameron for the latter’s affection towards India and Indians.

“Whenever I meet the prime minister (Cameron), I find that he is very proud of the Indian community in UK,” he said.

Speaking ahead of Modi, Cameron sent the crowd into raptures by greeting them with “Namaste, Wembley” and said a time would soon come when there would be a British-Indian prime minister.

“It won’t be long before there is a British-Indian prime minister in 10, Downing Street,” Cameron said citing the contributions of British-Indians in various fields.

Britain is home to a 1.5 million-strong Indian diaspora, one of the largest in the world.

The British prime minister said that “India-UK ties are about people and about prosperity”.

He also backed India’s claim for permanent membership in the UN Security Council.

Adding to Modi’s pre-election Hindi slogan of “acche din aane wale hain”, Cameron said: “Acche din zaroor aayega” (Good days will definitely come).

A cultural extravaganza preceded Modi’s speech in which Indian pop and Hindi film playback singer Alisha Chinai belted out her evergreen “Made in India” number from the 1995 album of the same name. It was obviously in keeping with Modi’s “Make in India” initiative.

Apart from Alisha, British singer-rapper Jay Sean, Bollywood singer Kanika Kapoor, and Indian violinist Jyotsna Srikanth, as also the London Philharmonic Orchestra, were among those who enthralled the crowd.

Keeping with the spirit of Diwali, the night that was charged with electricity, ended with a dazzling display of fireworks over the world famous football stadium.

Earlier on Friday, Modi asked industry captains to contribute to India-Britain ties since the political will of the two countries was well established.

Addressing the UK-India CEOs Forum here, Modi said it was for industry captains to push bilateral ties with Britain as the political will of the two nations’ leadership was well established.

“India and the United Kingdom are economically made for each other. This relationship has to be driven by private sector CEOs now,” Modi said.

Cameron, who also addressed the meeting, echoed Modi and said: “We both have the political will to take our political relationship forward.”

On Friday, in a signal honour to India, Modi was hosted to a luncheon banquet by Queen Elizabeth II at the Buckingham Palace here. Modi gifted the British monarch a set of photographs from her first visit to India in 1961, award-winning Darjeeling tea, quality honey from Jammu and Kashmir Tanchoi stoles that are a speciality of Varanasi.

The Indian prime minister started his second day of his three-day visit to Britain by continuing one-to-one bilateral discussions with Cameron at the Chequers, the countryside retreat of the British.

On Saturday, Modi will leave Britain for Turkey where he will attend the annual G-20 summit.

(IANS)

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Modi in UK: India’s immense diversity is its specialty, pride, strength

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Picture Courtesy:-indiatoday.intoday.in

London: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Friday, said India’s immense diversity is its specialty, pride, and strength. Addressing a massive gathering of the British-Indian Community at the Wembley Stadium in London, in the presence of UK Prime Minister David Cameron, Modi spoke of the great contributions of the Sikh community and of India’s Sufi tradition. He recalled his meeting with the Sikh community in London yesterday, and said he shared their pain, understood their problems and was working to resolve them.

Expounding his vision of India, in his speech which lasted more than one hour, Modi recalled Imran Khan of Alwar, Rajasthan, who has made about 50 education apps and distributed them free. He also recalled a Sarpanch in Haryana, who had responded to his Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao call, with a “Selfie with Daughter” campaign, which eventually became a global success. He said he was sure of India’s bright future because his vision of India, was the India of Imran Khan, who created and gave education apps for free; and of the Sarpanch who had conceived Selfie with India. He said there are countless such people in India.

Modi said all major religions of the world are present in India, and in big numbers too. He said the Indian diaspora carries these values with it wherever they go, and hence they are great ambassadors for India.

Modi spoke of his Government’s initiatives so far, and of his plans, especially on Swachh Bharat and Clean Energy, to transform the lives of India’s citizens. He said India would lead a global “Solar Alliance” of countries blessed with abundant solar radiation, to pursue the goal of economical solar energy generation.

India is much bigger and far greater than what you see on TV screens and newspaper headlines, the Prime Minister said.

(PIB)

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