#UdtaPM: This is what is trending on Twitter as I furiously hit the keys on my keyboard. Tweeple have innovatively used one half of an upcoming film’s title (‘Udta Punjab’) and affixed it with ‘PM’ to make this hashtag.
And everyone who has something to write against the Prime Minister is using this golden opportunity to do so. Why will Congress fellas be left behind?
But why is this even trending? Who knows! Honestly, who cares! The important part is the criticism.
The PM is being criticized for his foreign visits, which his critics say are “too many”. In case you didn’t know, the Prime Minister is on a four nation tour which includes the United States.
His critics claim that Modi has no time for farmers in Maharashtra and is turning a blind eye to other issues. According to their profound understanding of international affairs, Modi’s tours are not essential. How ignorant of the tweeple! I am no ‘Bhakt’ but facts are facts.
PM Modi with US President Barack Obama. Modi will be addressing the US Congress during his visit to the country. IBITimes
The Prime Minister is not holidaying in the countries he visits.
Whichever country he travels to, he goes with the single purpose of building stronger ties between India and that country for mutual economic and strategic benefits.
Google yourself to find out the number of agreements India has signed with each country Modi has travelled to since he assumed power. It is many times more than what former prime minister Manmohan Singh achieved during the same period. Just to cite an example, Prime Minister Modi was the first Indian PM to visit Mongolia. Though the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA government had built important ties with the country, the UPA government was too slow in taking it forward allowing China to get an upper hand in the region.
Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Mongolia made the Mongolians realize the value India accords to the country.
Located in China’s backyard, Mongolia has immense strategic value to India, something UPA totally failed to see and Beijing capitalized on.
Mongolian Prime Minister Chimediin Saikhanbileg (left) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Ulan Bator. Reuters
Of course, the visit of a Prime Minister – the head of the government in India – to a foreign nation lends more weight to New Delhi’s views than a Cabinet rank minister doing the same. While a Defence Minister can discuss defence-related issues and a Foreign Minister can talk on diplomatic ties, a Prime Minister can talk on all issues and get things done faster. Imaging how it would appear to the Afghans if an Indian Cabinet rank minister inaugurated the India-Afghanistan Friendship Dam
Modi’s visit made Afghans realize that Afghanistan is seen as a great friend in India’s highest echelons and by her people.
PM Modi with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani inaugurating the Salma Dam in Herat. Narendra Modi/YouTube
Those criticizing the PM’s tours do not realize that the reason why
Modi visited Switzerland and will visit Mexico during his current tour is to ensure that the two countries change their anti-India stand on the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) issue.
PM Modi with Swiss President Johann Schneider-Ammann. Twitter/PMOIndia
And look at the outcome. Switzerland agreed to support India’s bid for NSG membership!
That our PM is making “too many” tours to foreign countries is because too few tours were made by the previous government in building stronger diplomatic relations with neighbours and others. That mistake allowed China to enter in the very neighbourhood of India – Sri Lanka and Maldives.