PM Modi Heads Home after Three-Nation Tour

PM Modi Heads Home after Three-Nation Tour

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's three-nation tour was marked by numerous high points - the surprise announcement on purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets in France, clinching a 5 year uranium supply deal with Canada, pushing the Make in India plan in Germany, guaranteeing all of the ease of doing business in India, not forgetting the rockstar connect with the Indian Diaspora. The tour has led to "positive achievements" and led to a portrayal of a self-confident India, say analysts.

Now, PM Narendra Modi wrapped up his three-nation tour of France, Germany and Canada, the tour had more than a few other noteworthy points. Modi paid tribute to the thousands of Indian soldiers killed in World War I at the Neuve Chapelle memorial in France, becoming the first Indian prime minister to do so.

Mr. Modi tweeted before his departure, "I leave Canada with immense satisfaction. This visit will further enhance India-Canada ties. A big thanks to the people of Canada".

 The main goal of Modi’s tour was on attracting investments and technology for development of India during the "Make in India" program.

Modi also strived to establish a personal connect with the three leaders. During his visit of Germany, Modi inaugurated the Hannover Fair of which India was a partner country with a theme of 'Make in India'. During his stay in Paris, Modi held talks with President Francois Hollande and met business leaders.

In Canada, Modi got Prime Minister Stephen Harper to travel by Air India One from Ottawa to Toronto and the two leaders jointly addressed the thousands of ecstatic Indians at the Ricoh Coliseum in an event reminiscent of the Madison Square Garden event in New York last year.

Former foreign secretary Kanwal Sibal told IANS, "In different ways all the three visits have produced positive results for India; besides strengthening the idea, which Modi has done successfully, that India is becoming more attractive as an investment destination, which is critical for his development plans in India".

Sibal also said on modi’s strong pitch for a UNSC seat that this marked a “change in tone”. "Earlier India has been lobbying, now his tone is different; I will not beg for it, I deserve it and giving reasons for that. This is part of his general approach of a self-confident India, which is now willing to make an effort to become part of the big power league."

According to Sibal, "Canada is the third country from which we will get raw uranium; and considering the history of our relations with Canada on the non proliferation front, this is a very major strategic step forward".