Modi’s rockstar type shows on foreign trips. What does it achieve?

Updated on November 22, 2015 in Political Discussions
10 on November 14, 2015

All those rockstar type of shows, should that be stopped now? Or do they serve some purpose? If yes, what purpose?

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0 on November 15, 2015

To my mind, it shows the strength of Indians abroad in the respective countries.
Helps bring in investments from resp countries. Also it encourages NRIs to contribute towards upliftment of indian villages and economically backward and offcourse in technology.
Majority of indians, due to our value system, likes to help other fellow citizens. Only if there is a proper channel thru which the benefit reaches the actual needy, so many will contribute. e.g When Modiji launched adoption of villages, many NRIs have started contributing towards it.
So we need leaders who can channelise our energies for specific goals.

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0 on November 17, 2015

It’s a way of motivating NRIs  to connect and contribute for India. .and so far so good ! !!!!
as far as should they be stopped now ?? Well the PM can certainly reduce the frequency some what of his foreign visits and concentrate more on consolidating the gains he has achieved so far domestically . .If nothing else congees will have less heart burn and we’ll have less of suit boot type nonsense rants :))

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0 on November 18, 2015

I for one, love that Modi reaches out to people. Next time he comes to Mumbai, I too shall cheer him.

In the rockstar receptions, Modi gives a personalised update on the work that’s going on in India to diaspora. Lets not become like congressis and feel bad about something as basic as this.
The diaspora too has Modi fans, and they would like to be patronised by the man himself. I don’t see anything wrong with that.
His foreign trips aren’t what’s wrong with Modi sarkaar; the domestic execution is.
Why hasn’t Modi (1) attacked the corrupt folks in the past govt (2) put an end to the anti-Hindu legal systems (3) fired the congress leaning bureaucrats to execute his grand plan of reviving the economy?

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0 on November 20, 2015

It is ridiculous to be embarrassed about Modi’s overseas rockstar pitches. First time the world will remember an Indian PM’s name, investors will feel comfortable and confident dealing with a confident and popular leader. And the NRI outreach is absolutely important. Even if 1% can permenantely return home, that’s a huge number who will bring much valued skills and capital.

India tops global FDI list, India not mentioned aling with Brazil, Russia and China as slowing economy, PM Modi popularity rising, All this helps with perceptions of a positive indian growth story, and perceptions are everything when multinational global companies make investment decisions.

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0 on November 21, 2015

I believe such rock-star shows achieve very little apart from making Modi feel good about himself.

The job of a PM is to govern ; a person who becomes PM has been given unparalleled power to do some good for the people of a country. So far Modi has shown no signs that he has done any good for anyone.

The impressive campaign on Swachh Bharat has done little besides building toilets in schools and a few villages , which is something that the government should anyway have done as part of its responsibilities.

The Clean Ganga campaign has faded away to nothingness.

The government has cut down on its spending in the social and welfare sector by shifting the responsibility and burden of expenditure to the states , with the result that a lot of schemes which were doing some good despite the corruption have now become virtually defunct. The BJP’s own minister Maneka Gandhi has come out against this.

Despite the dramatic fall in oil prices , India’s exports have shown a continuous decline ever since the BJP government came to power. Manufacturing is not doing well , and prices of many food items have spiralled out of control. The government appears clueless.

After all the impressive celebrations about having completed one year of corruption free governance , the Vyapam scam and the Lalit Modi scam took over the headlines ; after dilly-dallying for more than a month Shivraj Singh Chouhan was forced to order a CBI probe. The FTII student strike was an unnecessary controversy which showed the bull-headedness of this government.

If Modi had shown the slightest inclination of being a statesman , he would have invited the Opposition to contribute to the nation’s progress , and possibly got their cooperation in passing pending bills in Parliament. Instead , he has never lost an opportunity to criticize the Congress in every country that he has visited ; this is a new low for the PM of a country to go abroad and criticize the Opposition. In the process he has alienated the Congress and united the Opposition.

When he is not abroad , he is campaigning for the BJP in every local election , again a new low for a PM. His vitriol during such campaigns is only rivalled by the so-called fringe elements of the Hindutva groups.

All in all , the first 18 months of the Modi government have been pure bluster and little else.

More an more , it looks like Modi goes abroad only to escape his responsibilities at home.

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0 on November 21, 2015

Out of the 50000 or more people who throng such shows , how many are going to go back home thinking they would like to do something for their home country ?

And how many of those who think of doing something for their home country , would not have thought of doing it but for the rock-star show by Modi ?

Many Indian businessmen , such as Tata , Birla have invested abroad without any foreign premier visiting India with such grand shows. For more on this , check out these links :

http://www.rediff.com/money/2008/mar/29nri.htm

http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/65325/1/Why_Do_Indian_firms_go_abroad.pdf

India has so much going for her as far as history and heritage are concerned ; Modi should have concentrated on making tourism India’s biggest foreign exchange earner , tying it up with his Swachh Bharat campaign ; instead , nothing has been done. Contrast this with China :

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tourism_in_China

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tourism_in_India

India has the advantage that English is fairly popular and widely spoken , yet China draws more than double the number of tourists that India gets. India’s most popular tourist spot , the Taj Mahal should have been given utmost priority in getting cleaned up and becoming tourist friendly ; has anything been done ?

The BJP had committed to the OROP and the GST bill during its election campaign in 2014 , yet both these were accorded less priority than the Land Acquisition Bill ; why ?

Finally the Land Acquisition Bill was quietly dropped ; why ?

Blaming the Congress for everything is a convenient excuse , but it cannot be used for too long ; the patience of the people will take the BJP through another year , but thereafter , it will have to produce results to expect a second term.

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