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Rediscovering Indians abroad: Foreign policies, Modi’s charm and Building dreams

A take on the good and the bad coming out of Modi's attempt to reach the Indian's living abroad

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  • Indian diaspora abroad is booming than ever before and their involvement in the countries development has been more evident than before
  • The government needs to be prepared to make jobs in the market, offering the same kind of roles and benefits in case of implementing plans for rehabilitation
  • Lifelong Indian visas and 24*7 Helpline for NRI’s are some of the changes that have been brought about

August 26, 2016: Indians living abroad have been often looked at with an eye of suspicion whenever they criticised policies, its judicial system or even its paani-puri.

Who is he to analyse? What right does he have to talk about the Indian economy or Indians? Is he not the one who ran away from this very system to tend to opportunities abroad? – Many of us have thrown these questions at NRIs.

Nonetheless, it’s high time the ‘he betrayed his motherland’ attitude is dropped because the Indian diaspora is more booming than ever and their involvement in the countries development has been more evident in the recent years.

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The Modi – ripple effect

Visa on arrival, 24*7 Helpline for NRI’s and Nuclear deals, he’s either done or tried them all. PM Modi’s increasing support for the Indian’s abroad is encouraging them to contribute in terms of technical expertise or monetarily. Modi first started with a flashy speech in New York’s Madison Square Garden then moved on to delivering a remarkable speech at the British Parliament in the UK, before we knew it he was swinging it at the Dubai Cricket Stadium. It’s these efforts that showed its colours in the form of contribution to tourism or labour. In 2003, Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (Overseas Indian Day) in Gujarat, 9,000 Indian’s from all around the world came in to show their support. His signature campaigns such as the National Mission for Clean Ganga has seen involvement by many American-Indian’s on social media and in the form of Investment.

PM Modi addressing the nation on Independence Day, Wikimedia Commons
PM Modi addressing the nation on Independence Day, Wikimedia Commons

Today, the Indian diaspora abroad has pitched in a lot not only due to the Modi’s charisma or his attempts to keep foreign policy as the centerpiece of all discussions but also due to emotional vulnerability of the ‘apna desh’ feeling, a harmless way of pressing the restart button to reconnect with what felt lost.

Fears and concerns

Nobody claimed, that shifting the focus from the ‘American dream’ back to India will be easy. For starters, India does not have a comprehensive and precise data about the number of Indians that reside in different parts of the world. Hence, future plans for their welfare are blocked right at the very beginning. The government needs to be prepared to make jobs in the market, offering the same kind of roles and benefits in case of implementing plans for rehabilitation or for curbing the number of Indians going abroad.

Secondly, not all Indian’s are Modi supporters and there are times where he is greeted with protestors instead of selfie craving fans. This aversion to the ruling government can be detrimental to the foreign policies that were laid down.

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A man that leaves his land for better opportunities is always filled with this urge to give back all that he took. Currently, India is rediscovering these Indians abroad with a feeling of munificence.

– by Karishma Vanjani of NewsGram. Twitter: @BladesnBoots


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List of UPA Schemes Renamed by Modi Government

The above comparison shows that BJP is not only trying to steal the credit of previously launched schemes by Congress party by just repackaging them as new schemes

India, elections, vietnam, BJP
Modi's LPG scheme reduced household air pollution: Study, VOA

A lot of BJP supporters claim that government led by Narendra Modi has launched several schemes for the development of nation in the last four years. What they failed to acknowledge that Narendra Modi has done nothing else than repackaging and renaming the previous schemes started by Congress and took their credit to his name. Shocked, aren’t you? In the last four years, Modi government has failed to develop any original ideas. So in order to appear like the government is working, they have renamed various successfully running schemes started by Congress party to fool people of the nation into believing that BJP has launched numerous schemes in the country. If you find this fact hard to believe, here is the list of s Modi government schemes that are nothing but altered name previously running schemes in the nation:

Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana

Originally Basic Savings Bank Deposit Account (BSDBA)

The (BSBDA) scheme was launched in August 2012 according to RBI which provided facility of no minimum balance required to maintain the bank account and avail all the banking services. The number of withdrawals were however limited to 4 per month. The Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) is nothing else than a wrap up on BSDAB scheme adding Rs 1 lakh of accident insurance, overdraft facility up to Rs 5,000 and a life insurance of Rs 30,000 to previous BSDAB accounts.

Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao Yojana (BBBPY)

Originally National Girl Child Day programmes

The government has initiated a lot of programmes to bring about a change in the attitude of people and stop these kinds of social evils. Wikimedia Commons

According to a report of Centre for Development and Human Rights presented in 2016, the girl child education programme listed under the BBBPY scheme is nothing but the repackaging of older Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan started by Congress.

The act of similar repackaging of scheme can be found in BBBPY’s programme to improve child sex ratio and reduce the dropout rates of school girls. These programmes were already available under Congress party’s Dhanalakshmi and Sabla schemes.

Swachh Bharat Abhiyan

Originally Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan

One of the major Modi government schemes, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched in September 2014 is nothing but restructured result of Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan scheme which was started by Congress in April 2012.

Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan was also a renamed scheme by Congress party which was originally introduced as Central Rural Sanitation Programme by Congress in 1986.

Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana

Originally Indira Awaas Yojana

Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana, BJP
‘Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana ‘ is an initiative by Government of India in which affordable housing will be provided to the urban poor.

According to a parliamentary standing committee report, it is found that the most anticipated Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojna by Narendra Modi nothing by rechristened format of Indira Awaas Yojana. The funny fact about the renaming of this scheme is that several web pages of Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana still open as Indira Awaas Yojana documents.

Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Yojana

Originally Rajiv Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana

According to an information release by government on 23rd July 2015, the Rajiv Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana stated by Congress is merged under the Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Yojana launched by BJP with no significant changes.

Soil Health Card scheme

Originally National Project on Management of Soil Health and Fertility

According to the Outcome Budget 2015-16 of the agriculture and cooperation department, a soil health card was included in the scheme of National Project on Management of Soil Health and Fertility. The similar soil cards were also issued by Congress under the National Mission for Sustainable Agriculture.


Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana, BJP
The aim of this scheme is to form 10,000 clusters over the next three years and bring about five lakh acres of agricultural area under organic farming to develop agricultural activity in the country


Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana

Originally Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana and other programmes

The lack of creativity and insight in Modi government schemes can be seen in its Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana which is nothing but the fusion of some existing components which are amalgamated together as a cluster based programme. This fact was reported in the Outcome Budget 2015-16 of the agriculture and cooperation department.

Pradhan Mantri Jan Aushadhi Yojana

Originally Jan Aushadhi scheme

The Jan Aushadhi scheme was developed by Congress to supply unbranded medicines at reduced prices. This scheme was executed on 23 April 2008 and the first store under this scheme was established on 25 November 2008. According to an statement issued by Loksabh on 144th March 2017, the Jan Aushadhi Scheme is renamed as Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana.

Make in iIndia, BJP
Make in India, a type of Swadeshi movement covering 25 sectors of the economy,

Make In India

Originally National Manufacturing Policy

The funny part about BJP copying this scheme from Congress National Manufacturing policy is that they forget the remove the information of previous policy in the new website of Make In India scheme. The broken download link redirects to the 2011 older policy document of year 2011.

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The above comparison shows that BJP is not only trying to steal the credit of previously launched schemes by Congress party by just repackaging them as new schemes, but the BJP lacks credibility and insight required to develop new schemes necessary for the development of the nations. Some other Modi government schemes that were actually the brain child of Narendra Modi and BJP part resulted in drastic disaster in nation. GST and demonetisation are two biggest examples of such failed Modi government policies.