India’s pride : Narendra Modi.
From the moment of the swearing in of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, certain things have been clear. One of those things is an evident change in foreign affairs. With the PMO inviting premiers of neighbouring nations for the ceremony to the visit to Nepal within days of being sworn, Prime Minister Modi has set precedents that are being talked about. His meeting with Chinese premier Xi Jinping and his trip to the United States of America have been much touted. Carrying on with the responsibility of representing India in a strong and powerful nation on the global platform, PM Modi made his presence felt at the recently concluded, G-20 summit held at Brisbane, Australia.
In continuation with show of strength like last year when India did not concede to the scrapping of subsidies for farmers, India continued to put forth a confident front. Demands were made by Narendra Modi to actively take measures against tax havens. It is for the first time that a global leader has pitched a mechanism by which to curb the powers and immunity enjoyed by these tax havens. In an effort to flaunt the newly formed niche BRICS, he called upon the leaders of these countries to repatriate black money to their own nations.
NAMO at the G-2O Summit, Brisbane, Australia.
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Another issue that was raised by Modi was that of clean, renewable energy. Both at the summit and outside it, he reiterated his stand to work in harmony with other G-20 member nations for a better utilisation of resources. At the summit he said that fervent efforts are required to further the push in research and development of renewable energy. He also showcased India as a land of wonderful investment and opportunities in the field because of its high energy demands.On the sidelines of the meet, at the unveiling of the statue of Mahatma Gandhi, he reiterated his stand to curb the injudicious use of non-renewable energy sources and make a shift to clean energy.
PM Modi seems to have added another feather to his cap by voicing the concerns of India not as a poor nation struggling with various issues but as a nation on its way to becoming a world power.