Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent tri-nation visit to Europe and Canada is not simply for diplomatic ties but for something more important in his agenda – “Make in India”. Yes, with a strong long-term plan in mind, Modi has simply changed the way India might be viewed by the rest of the world in the future.
His trip to France ensured that the two countries sign several important (and obviously glamourised by the media) agreements and a few agreements made with India’s future in mind. Faster visas to France and 3 smart cities are just two shining gems in the heap. The L&T and AREVA agreement has now made it possible for the Jaitapur project completion at a lower expense. MoUs related to space technology have extended the collaboration between French and Indian space scientists for the better.
The Railway Protocol shows a promising future where we may get faster and more efficient trains. Overall energy efficiency is likely to increase. Prospects of better scientific progress are on the rise with the MoUs for joint education programmes, projects and establishments. Moreover, France’s readiness to help our defence via a government-to-government purchasing practice will reduce time delays and get rid of diplomatic procedural flaws. Lastly, the MoUs focussing on cultural heritage and architecture assures preservation of our roots despite the long developing strides towards globalisation.
Modi’s work in Germany is another impressive step for India’s progress. Germany, with engineering excellence, is enthusiastic about setting up an electronics industry in India for the sole purpose of defence equipment manufacture. This is good news for India as it means that we may not only be dependent on Russian technology for our defences and we might eventually begin developing our own.
Lastly, Modi’s work in Canada is almost similar to the agreements signed with France. Agreements with France on education, energy, science, heritage preservation and space technology are the common ideals with Canada. However, agreements on nuclear power are what stand out. Once successful, these agreements may enable easy nuclear energy raw material transactions between the two countries.
Modi’s frequent foreign assignments and successful international bilateral agreements have only lent force to the support of the current government. We are indeed very hopeful for the future of India and her success as a modern nation.