Before the self-proclaimed guardians of secularism in India jump to their own ‘informed’ conclusions, know that Indian PM Narendra Modi’s visit to the UAE was NOT for this. This is just a goodwill gesture on part of the government of UAE towards Indians.
The government of United Arab Emirates has decided to allocate land for the building of a temple in their country. The temple, once built, will be the first of its kind in the entire Arabian Peninsula.
Modi expressed his thanks in a tweet:
I am very thankful to the UAE Govt for their decision to allot land in order to build a Temple in Abu Dhabi. This is a great step.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 16, 2015
With his two-day trip to the UAE, Narendra Modi became the first Indian PM in 34 years to visit the country. He began his official tour with a visit to the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, the third largest mosque in the world.
India and UAE elevated their relationship from a purely bilateral one to a comprehensive strategic one. This means that UAE and India are now on the same page against terrorism.
The Gulf OPEC member’s economy minister Sultan bin Saeed al-Mansouri said on Monday that UAE is open to meeting any demand for oil from India.
Around 9 per cent of India’s energy needs are fulfilled by imports from Abu Dhabi.
The UAE has also extended support to India’s candidature for a permanent seat in the UN Security Council.
India and UAE have taken a big step towards a stronger relationship between New Delhi and Abu Dhabi. And, it is of course worth noting that Narendra Modi is the first PM after Indira Gandhi to have visited the country.