People in India are now getting opportunities and the right environment - Modi

Danny Woods
June 26, 2017

Today, it is not required to explain what's terrorism.

American business schools could study India's implementation of the "complex" Goods and Services Tax (GST), Prime Minister Narendra Modi has suggested, ahead of the roll out of the landmark tax reform measure from July 1.

Praising the steps being taken by the Indian government in the last three years, he said the U.S. companies are looking forward to the roll out of the GST.

Talking about the army's surgical strikes on terror launching pads across the border on October 26 a year ago, the Prime Minister said no country has questioned the government's action.

Dressed in their traditional finery, the almost 600 Indian-Americans said they believe that the millions-strong Indian diaspora in the USA can make a big difference in the bilateral ties. India has maintained that the Kashmir issue between Islamabad and New Delhi should be resolved bilaterally, without the interference from any third party.

Modi will meet with President Trump at the White House on Monday for the first face-to-face discussion between the two leaders. Trump had previously called Beijing a "currency manipulator" and threatened to launch a trade war with the communist giant.

Indirectly targeting China, Modi said that unlike some nations India believed in following the world order and achieved its goals by following global rules. "This is our nature and character", he said. Second they would like to see what India might be able to do more for example in Afghanistan. "Whenever the need arises we have done it and the world will never be able to stop us", he told the gathering.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in Russian Federation on June 2.

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Addressing the Indian diaspora here, he also promised a supportive environment for developing the country matching the progress in the US.

Modi lauded Swaraj for giving a "human face" to diplomacy and effectively using of social media in delivering good governance.

She said foreign policy independence was very well-entrenched in India no matter which party was in power. I am also connected with it.

China says almost the entire South China Sea falls within its territory, with half a dozen other countries like Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam maintaining partially overlapping claims. He said that over 80,000 Indians were facing some trouble or the other in different corners of the globe but the Indian government was able to bring them safely back home.

"Technology is helping with that", Modi said. "A daughter of India, who landed in distress in Pakistan, returned to India through efforts of Indian High Commission. In coming years, Indian companies will import energy in excess of $40 billion from the U.S., and more than 200 American-made aircraft will join the private Indian aviation fleet", Modi said. There were several rounds of applause from the audience during Modi's almost 50-minute speech.

To put an end to the common enemy of terrorism, Modi and Trump are expected to work towards strengthening defense ties.

India's key concerns will include Mr Trump's decisions to pull out of the Paris climate accord, a review of the H1B visa programme, under which thousands of skilled Indian workers go to the United States, and trade differences.

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