Narendra Modi formed strong ties with America as soon the Indian government had voted him in as the Prime Minister on May 26, 2014. How will this and other ties affect his country?
The Lok Sabha (House of the People) are the Members of Parliament elected by the group of people they represent. There are 543 of these groups, and they are determined by the Delimitation Commission. This commission creates these groups based on population, along with geographical and administrative areas.
The State Legislative Assembly selects 238 Rajya Sabha members out of 250. This depends on population and size of the electorate. The electoral college elects the members when the state lacks an assembly. The president nominates 12 members based on their fields of study like Math, Literature, Medicine and more.
The Lok Sabha elects the Prime Minister from either the Lok Sabha or Rajya Sabha.
Modi entered the Lok Sabha. He also came out of the Bharatiya Janata (Indian People’s) Party, one of the largest parties in India. In 2014, the party won a thumping majority of the vote because of his influence. This vaulted the saffron party to the first non-Congress one to do so in India’s history.
Before anything else, he took measures to return hope to the people. “… We were being seen as a sinking ship…Today it is said that if there is a bright spot, it is India,” he stated.
Modi asked foreign investors to base themselves in India because it would provide opportunities for the youth. He launched the Sagarmal Scheme to modernize and quicken port development. He also initiated Swachch Bharat Mission to initiate India’s movement towards clean streets and public areas.
Since Modi’s inauguration, Gross Domestic Product has increased, fiscal deficit has decreased, and inflation has lowered.
How the world perceives India is crucial for their development. Modi understands this and strives to give greetings overflowing with friendliness. That is why Modi pulled Mark Zuckerberg aside for the camera to view their interaction.
He leaves marks on those he meets, especially on Prince William. Modi left imprints on the Prince’s hand, while the Prince gave a strained look.
Modi has been hugging for years, so it should not surprise anyone now. Biographer Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay says that he consciously makes an effort for the world to see India as an equal. Moreover, it indicates an effort for him to form closer ties with world leaders.
This thought is reinforced by the fact that Modi visited the U.S. within the first four months of his term. His visits number four now. These are not without reason, though the trade between the U.S. and India spiked to $107 billion in 2015 from $60 billion in 2009. India and the U.S. defense equipment sales are expected to reach $14 billion. America will also help India join the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). This group includes countries exchanging material for nuclear energy.
Barack Obama also said that the U.S. and India tie would be one of the defining relationships of the 21st Century. Modi’s plans did open many areas for investment for American investors.
Washington painted him as an outcast just a few years ago. Now he has held a 20,000-person rally in Madison Square, addressed a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress, and had a bromance with Obama, according to Indian media.
In 2002, a number of Hindus killed a 1000 Muslims. He was banned from coming to or having any ties with the U.S. Though human rights activists said Modi allowed it, India’s government could not find any evidence.
He and Obama seemingly have a strong relationship. Modi will have to answer hard questions before he gains anyone else’s trust in Washington and Americans.
Modi has laid India in fertile grounds by forming a strong tie with America. He now flies around the world to increase India’s ties and the chance of becoming the world’s most dominant democracy.
By Osveen Funwi
Edited by Cathy Milne
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