Q. Narendra Modi was asked about him inviting Pakistan Prime Minister on his swearing in ceremony and deterioration of Indo Pak relationship. Can India expect resumption of bilateral talks and with any precondition or not?

Ans. Narendra Modi clarified his intention of calling Pakistan PM as his wish for peace in South Asia and overall development of SAARC nations. He wished to have regional cooperation as well as the connectivity with Pakistan made him invite the PM of Pakistan and other SAARC leaders to his swearing in ceremony. His gestures for improvement of foreign relationships is now showing results with Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. This was the part of his foreign policies. He counter questions that can peace coexist with terrorism indirectly pointing towards the gesture of Pakistan. Peace is only possible in correct co-existence of the nations. In a way, India is ready for any kind of bilateral talks on all outstanding issues but with a condition that situation is terrorism free and non-violent. The Shimla Agreement and Lahore Declaration have to be the basis for going forward.

Q. When Narendra Modi was asked about his plans on his visit to China and expectations and hopes are rising to get a breakthrough in border talks between the two countries. Are these expectations real?

Ans. He elaborates on the relationship with China, describes that after visit of Xi Jinping to India, the relationship between the two nations have led to a new level of energy. He feels that peace and tranquility at the border should be maintained. Peace prevalent at the border can make the nations reach to a mutually acceptable solution. He explains that this problem is complicated and old and needs care with proper deliberation. He says that President of China is also sharing same optimism for improvement. Apart from border issues, he says that priority for both the nations is economic welfare of their people. As of now, both leaders have mutual consent on not getting involved in confrontations to avoid conflict. They both believe to have realistic expectations.

Q. He was questioned about his personal chemistry with US president and leaders of other nations. He was asked about where India is heading in the US geo strategic interest in Asia and changes in their approach towards Asian nations and India.

Ans. He talks about mutual respect and mutual interest between the leaders. From his intimate discussions with President Barack Obama, he feels that India is significant in American geo political, economic and strategic thinking. He points about the qualities which can bind India and America. India is largest democracy of the world and when it combines with the highest number of talented youth of India alliance with India becomes beneficial for US, which is the oldest democracy of the world. America being a nation considering talented and skilled people can definitely have thought for development of relationship with India. Present events and his interactions with US President has strengthened his belief. India is a rapidly growing economy and India and US can do a lot together. The convergence in our interests is strong and will guide further development of our ties.

In all these questions Narendra Modi talks about his policies related to Pakistan, China and US. All three nations are prime aspect of India’s development and border issues. People of India are also worried and wanted the answers to their questions related to relationship with China,Pakistan. The relationship of India with US is also a prime concern related to economic growth and industries in India. Narendra Modi has openly and whole heartedly discussed what he thinks and how he is planning to take the relationship further. Many a times, when opposition or people are raising the question, Narendra Modi prefers to remain silent. He has openly talked about his view point, where he is seeing advantage of India. How he is taking a stand against terrorism and border issue with Pakistan. Out and out foreign relationship with these 3 nations are primarily important, but at which cost is dependent on mutual interest and relationship.



Contributor: Twinkle Parekh