Is This Why Modi Travelled So Much?

    • kumar.saurav2@timesgroup.com
    • Publish Date: Oct 6 2016 12:04PM
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    • Updated Date: Oct 6 2016 12:54PM
Is This Why Modi Travelled So Much?

By creating immense international support for India’s surgical strike, has Modi answered the forever-unanswered question — Why the prime minister is always globetrotting?
 
If you go by the account of Prime Minister’s critiques, his only achievement in his two and a half year tenure has been his visit to 40+ foreign countries and approximately 100+ days that he has spent out of India. We are keeping the recent post-Uri surgical strike out of his list of achievements because ‘some people want a proof’ that the strike actually happened, and if it happened, should Modi be given any credit for it. Keeping the blame game aside, our foreign policy is finally making us mighty and there is substantial proof which points out towards India’s growing status as a world partner. 
 
Growing international support on surgical strike
India managed to isolate Pakistan after conducting the surgical strike last week. Baring China, most of the big brothers of the world — United States, Russia, Germany, Japan — supported India’s strike on terror camps across LOC. While Russia was the first country to openly support the surgical strike, the European parliament officially condemned the Uri attack supporting India’s attack in Pak occupied Kashmir. In a signed article that has been published in European Parliament on Tuesday, Vice President Ryszard Czarnecki said India’s cross-border action against the terrorists should be “commended and supported by the international community.” Even UAE has supported India.  
 
SAARC In Pak, Dumped 
Pakistan was left more embarrassed when Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal refused to participate in the SAARC summit which Pakistan was supposed to host. 

 
What has India gained from PM’s foreign trips?
  • Make In India is bit of a success: May be not as big as it should have been, but big brands (Xiaomi, Huawei, Lenovo, Motorola) have forayed into India and setting up their factories. In fact, very recently, it was reported in Chinese media that manufacturers are now giving preference to India over China to set up factories. 
  • Massive support for NSG bid: Even though India could not get a spot in the big league, there was massive support for its bid from Switzerland, US and Mexico. It’s not the first time India applied for a place in Nuclear Suppliers Group, but the kind of support it received this time was epic. 
  • The world is finally 'talking' about terrorism: In early 90s, India was perhaps the only victim of terrorism, but now the entire world is in the clutches of suicide bombers, trigger happy people and radicals. Narendra Modi and Sushma Swaraj have been able to convince the world that we need to fight terrorists because they have now reached every doorstep. 

Modi vs Manmohan vs Vajpayee, Who travelled the most?
Without a doubt Modi is the most widely travelled Prime Minister of India. In the first 25 months of his first tenure starting May 2004, Manmohan Singh, his predecessor, had travelled to 16 countries, and in the first 25 months of the second tenure starting May 2009, he flew to 18 countries. Vajpayee travelled to only six countries in similar duration when he was a full tenure PM National Democratic Alliance rule starting October 1999. 

Our Prime Minister’s Trips In Number

24 international trips were made by Modi till July.  

1 trip per month The average number of trip the prime minister made since he took charge in May 2014. 

Rs 117 crore was spent by Air India in 2015-2016 on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's foreign travel. 

22 countries, including Russia, France, Germany, Korea, Mongolia, China, the UAE, Ireland, the UK, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Turkey among others were visited by prime minister till December last year. In comparison, the national carrier spent Rs 108 crore on air travel of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during 2013-2014. TNN

Rs 30 crore was spent by Air India for his trip to China, Mongolia, Korea, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan.

2014-2015 The most expensive trip undertaken by the Prime Minister was to Australia and Myanmar where he spent Rs 22 crore followed by Brazil where Rs 20 crore were spent. 


Some interesting facts about PM’s foreign trips
  • He is the first prime minister from India to visit Mozambique in 34 years since Indira Gandhi went there in 1982.
  • He is the first foreign dignitary to interact with women entrepreneurs of Saudi Arabia. He did so on April 3, 2016 in Riyadh. 
  • He is the first Indian PM to address the British parliament. He did so during his visit to London, UK in November 2015.
  • He is the first Indian PM to visit Seychelles, Canada, Ireland and Sri Lanka in 34, 42, 60, 29 years respectively. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru was the last one to visit Ireland in 1956.
With Agency inputs

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Aavni Sharma Holy Angels Public School

He is always a positive individual. And yes he answered the question very well.He is a role model for me........

Bhavana Jaison Atomic Energy Central School No 2

Social contact is very important for all the countries to develop a mutual understanding between nations which will narrow down the gap created between boundaries. This will help to build up a world based on universal brotherhood. And I am sure that our PM s aim is also the same.

Sanya Kedar Vadhavkar IES MODERN ENG. SCH.-DADAR

I love my PM. he is the best

saishalini Bethel Mat Hr Sec School

Mr. Narendra Modi our PM is surely engaging our country in all the happenings around the world by travelling to other countries and ensures India''s security. So he is rich enough in his service to our country and the surgical strikes act as a lesson for Pakistan who tries to gain power over India.

Brenda Marshal PADUA HIGH SCHOOL-MANKHURD

Social and physical contact with other countries will help India in solving it''s problems easily.So it''s necessary to shake hands with other countries

Riya Pandey Childrens academy

There are nos. of benefits that we are getting from P.M. - Narendra Modi foreign trips. It is because of this that we have been able to build good relations with other nations, a major cause of foreign investment and increase in the value of Indigenous goods as well as the value of Indians at Global level. Besides I think one of the main reasons of P.M.''s foreign trips was to gain support of the world against misdeeds of Pakistan.

A.Nivaditha AMALORPAVAM HR S S

Modiji is the best . A great salute to him for his great efforts.

Adi Gupta Billabong High International School

yes, I agree that our prime minister Mr. Narendra Modi Is contributing something for our nation. By travelling foreign, he is gathering support for our the country against fight with terrorism and also to get permanent seat for UNSC. By PM''s foreign trips, the world is realizing about terrorism and felling of India and coming forward for support.

NAVYA MALHOTRA SWARAJ INDIA PUBLIC SCHOOL

we have an unbreakable trust in him - he has left the opposition spell bound

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