PM Modi Russia Visit : Abhinandan and Abhivyakti Program in Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi to twin cultural program Abhinandan and Abhivyakti. Modi arrived at Moscow on Wednesday 23rd December for this event. Modi russia visit is for two days for the annual summit. He was greeted with red carpet welcome in Moscow and received a guard of honor at Vnukova II airport.


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PM Modi’s red carpet welcome on his first bilateral visit to Russia

In the honor of Narendra Modi: Abhinandan and Abhivyakti

Abhinandan and Abhivyakti program conducted in Russia on 24th December 2015 was crowded by a huge crowd of 3000 people. The theme of this program was all based on Indian culture and heritage. The enthusiasm and spirit of the crowd were worth watching, which simply took this program to new heights.



Abhinandan’ anticipated the performance of enticing Indian dance forms including folk and classical. The entire performances were done by 32 Russian artists, who aimed at displaying the importance of Indian Culture besides the lovable relationship between Russia and India.

The program started with valuable shloka recital and recitation of Vande Mataram by Russian Brahmakumaris, which was followed by the dance on Indian folk and classical forms including Kuchipudi, Kathak, and Dandiya Raas.

Abhinandan ended with the soothing musical enactment with Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s poem “Geet Naya Gata Hoon” rendered by Lata Mangeshkar on 24th December, which is a day before Atal Ji’s birthday.



Another segment of this program was ‘Abhivyakti’ that divulged and presented the authentic image of Indian culture, tradition, and history presented by 100 Russian artists. The main aim of this segment was to show the affection, love, and brotherhood which exists amid the Russians and Indians.

This entire segment was related to the Indian philosophy ‘Vasudheva Kutumbakam’ which depicts the joy, love and goodwill of and the relationship of Indian’s with the whole world. Abhivyakti consisted of performance on Namaskaram, Charishnu, Bharatnatyam, Rudra, Pandattam, Khoria, Lavni, Kalina Taal.



Privileged with Prestigious Gifts

The concept of Annual Summit was started in 2000 by former PM Atal Ji and Russian President Vladimir Putin. This was the 16th annual summit between India-Russia between PM Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Russian President gifted Modi a Bengal Sword which was of Najafi Dynasty of the 18th century. He even gifted a handwritten page from the diary of Gandhiji. Modi Ji was extremely happy and proud on receiving this prestigious gift.

Issues Discussed

The increasing terrorist attacks and the situation of Syria were the main issues that were discussed here. In this meeting, various pacts on nuclear energy sector and defense sector were finalized. Modi also said that Russia has been India’s major partner through decades, accounting for a majority of defense equipment, even when the India is dealing with other countries also, but Russia is still the principle partner.

Further, he said that India is committed to constructing at least 12 nuclear power with highest safety standards in the world with Russian assistance. It was followed by meeting in Kremlin with the CEO’s of India and Russia as well. As the Russian economy was hit badly with western sanctions in Ukraine crisis, so they are looking forward to having economic tie-ups with India. Putin also said that he is interested in exploring oil and gas projects in Eurasian countries.



During Modi russia visit both the countries decided to make crucial partnership in various sectors. In total 16 agreements were made between the both the countries some of which are stated here below:

  1. Agreement between the Department of Atomic Energy of India and the Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation for localization of manufacturing in India for Russian-designed nuclear reactor units.

  1. MOU for cooperation for geological survey.

  1. Exploration and production of hydrocarbons between ROSNEFT Oil Company.

  1. Oil India Limited and Indian Oil Corporation Limited.

  1. MOU between Solar Energy Corporation of India and Russian Energy Agency regarding construction of solar energy plants in India.

  1. Agreement on simplification of requirements for mutual travels of certain categories of citizens of both countries.

  1. MOU between Prasar Bharati and Digital Television Russia on cooperation in the field of broadcasting.

In meeting with the CEO’s of both the countries Modi invited invested in various sectors in India including Diamond industry, Infrastructure, and aerospace. He also assured the Russian investors that his government is dedicated to fair taxes regime and efforts are made to do business with ease, joint manufacture of 226 military helicopters and construction of 12 atomic plants with an involvement of local companies in India.


On this Modi russia visit, Modi tweeted he was mesmerized to see the popularity of Indian culture and the affection between the two countries. He further tweeted that the meeting with CEO’s was very positive and the whole discussion with President Putin was excellent. It is expected in future that both the countries will seal defense deals and new plants will be in sync with ‘Make in India’ principles. Prime Minister Narendra Modi seems to be very optimistic about this visit.



Narendra Modi’s Make In India initiative

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is making constant steps throughout his career as a politician in India to improve his country in ways that will be beneficial to as many people as possible. In order to achieve this, he has launched a number of initiatives during his time in office. Digital India is an initiative that aims to improve internet connectivity and online infrastructure, in order to make Government services more widely available to people across the country, by allowing them to access them electronically.

Clean India, or Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, aims to clean up the streets of India, and Modi even launched the initiative by cleaning the streets himself. Another initiative, Skill India, was launched to help to teach more people in India key skills to help with their education and careers. One key initiative that was launched by Modi on 25th September 2014 is Make In India, and has been called his most ambitious initiative yet.

This initiative encourages companies from India as well as countries around the world to manufacture their products in India. Make In India was launched primarily to attract more foreign direct investment (FDI) to the country, and if the aims of this initiative are achieved, India will surpass both China and America to become the best country in the world for FDI. By attracting more FDI to the country, Make In India will help to enhance the skills of people in India and create a great deal more jobs, which will have a positive impact on the country’s economic growth, one of Modi’s priorities in his policies as Prime Minister.

The Make In India initiative focuses on 25 different industries, including automobiles, construction, oil and gas, textiles and garments, renewable energy, and railways. The wide range of sectors covered by the initiative means that the skills developed and the jobs that will be made available will be vast, affecting a lot of people, as well as the country, in a positive way.

A key focus of the manufacturing process under the Make In India initiative is to produce high quality manufacturing standards, which will further improve India’s reputation as a source of manufacturing and help to attract even more investors in the initiative. The other aim is to keep the impact manufacturing these products has on the environment to a minimum. To reflect these two core principles, Modi created the slogan “Zero Defect Zero Effect“, making reference to the quality of the products manufactured and the minimal effect the manufacturing processes will have on the environment.

Many well known, large global companies have already committed to the initiative, either committing to build factories in India or to expand their current manufacturing output from the country. This is an early indicator of the success of the scheme and suggests that it can achieve great things in the future.

This month it was announced that Prime Minister Modi will inaugurate Make In India week, which will take place in Mumbai from 13th – 18th February 2016, with a focus on design, innovation and sustainability. This week will serve as a boost to the initiative, raising awareness and hopefully getting more companies involved by showcasing the potential of the manufacturing sector in India and the quality of work they can produce for any companies who invest in them. At present it is predicted by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) that more than 1,000 companies from ove 60 countries will be involved in the events of the week.

The week will focus on ten key sectors out of the 25 contained within the initiative.

There are a number of special events scheduled for the week, including seminars and summits featuring numerous experts from a variety of industries such as design, engineering and architecture, as well as an award ceremony hosted by Prime Minister Modi upon the inauguration of the week.

Modi’s Make In India initiative is set to be a great success for India and those living there, and hopefully the Make In India week will further the amount of people and companies getting involved in the scheme and committing to manufacturing partnerships with India. The DIPP have stated that 10 different companies have committed to or began talks to arrange investments of $120 billion into the scheme over the next 5 – 10 years. Plus, in the 17 months since Modi announced the launch of the Make In India initiative, India’s FDI has increased by approximately 35% compared to its growth over the previous 17 month period. The confidence gained from the growth in the manufacturing industry in India will surely aid the economic development of the country even further, beyond the initiative itself. Take a look at the Make In India Twitter account for updates about the event in February next year, or visit the official Make In India Week website for more information, or to register for the events of the week.


Do you follow PM Narendra Modi on Social Media?

 Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, is a progressive figure and is well known for his tech savvy image, especially apparent through his use of social media. Modi is a frequent user of Twitter, and with 16.7 million followers at the time of writing is one of the most followed leaders in the world, second only to U.S. President, Barack Obama. He also made history in August 2012 when he took part in a Google Hangout, making him the first Indian politician to live chat online with internet users. In addition to Twitter, Modi also has a Facebook profile and a YouTube channel. Of the top 10 most followed Twitter personalities from India, Modi is the only one up there that is not a Bollywood star. However, he does find himself further down the rankings, with Bollywood stars Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan remaining ahead of him in the followers stakes.

So, when you’re Prime Minister of one of the world’s largest and most influential countries, what exactly do you tweet about. We will look here at how Narendra Modi uses Twitter and other social media channels, and whether it is the right move for a politician.

Modi is not afraid of the odd selfie or two, regularly posting pictures of himself, usually posing with other influential leaders from around the world. In May 2015, Modi posted a selfie with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, which received more than 5,000 retweets from other Twitter users. With the photo, he tweeted “It’s selfie time! Thanks Premier Li.” When you’re an influential political leader, it’s important that you also show a bit of your personality throughout your campaigns and in the media, as this helps the voters get behind you, allowing you to do more of what matters to help your country. Modi really succeeds at this on his Twitter account, and his selfies are one contributing factor to this. It shows his light hearted nature and the fact that he doesn’t have to be serious all of the time.

But, amongst all of the fun on Modi’s social media, and sharing photos of his jet-setting lifestyle, Twitter is also a great realm for reaching voters and spreading his influence and beliefs. Social media is a quick and easy way to reach a vast amount of people; spend 60 seconds typing and sending a message, and it can be online for all to see within seconds. At the beginning of 2015 it was reported that 22.2 million people in India have a registered account on Twitter. That’s an amazing potential audience at the Prime Minister’s fingertips. As an example of how he delivers his political messages online, all of his speeches and addresses are published on his YouTube channel, which has more than 50,000 subscribers. On Twitter he is regularly updating his followers with regards to his political affairs, such as meetings with other political leaders. He also shares messages about his policies, inspirational messages and he recognises others for their achievements and contributions towards his country. He also has more than 10 million people liking his Facebook page, on which he also posts regular photos and updates from his meetings with other influential leaders.

His presence on social media, Modi on social Media and the fact that he understands the importance of social media and how to use it, will also help to win over younger voters. It is a concern of politicians globally that the younger generations are disinterested in politics and are apathetic towards having their say on who will lead and influence their country in the future. Social media is a great way of reaching these younger voters, as they are more likely to see his messages online than anywhere else. Modi has demonstrated that he is willing to go where the voters are, in order to spread his message and discuss his policies.

There can be downsides to going online as such a public figure, however, as Modi and his team discovered after they shared a photo of the Prime Minister sat on a plane looking out of the window. This was soon taken on by the internet and turned into a series of memes, where people photoshopped the view from the plane window to various critical and humorous images. Firstly, the photo reappeared with images of the flooded area of Tamil Nadu, followed by cats, Donald Trump, and a shark swimming outside of what had then become a submarine. Anyone who puts themselves on the internet risks opening themselves up to criticism and ridicule, but as long as you can take it on the chin, it’ll soon be forgotten.

Other politicians and world leaders should take notice and follow in Narendra Modi’s footsteps if they want to reach new audiences in the modern era. Modi’s use of Twitter and other social media channels is an important part of his campaigning, and so it should be for others too.


Narendra Modi attends the 50th annual DGP conference

The 50th annual Directors General of Police (DGPs) conference took place this weekend, from 18th – 20th December, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in attendance. The conference was held this year in Kutch, a district of Gujarat state. Before his role as Prime Minister, Modi served as Chief Officer of Gujarat for 13 years, and he was born and raised in Gujarat, even receiving his degree in political science from Gujarat University, so the state is dear to his heart and it must have pleased him to return there for this event, especially with it being the first time he has returned to the Rann of Kutch since his appointment as Prime Minister.

Modi also attended the previous conference in November 2014, which took place in Guwahati, Assam and was the first of these conferences to move outside of New Delhi. The conference discussed, amongst other things, methods to tackle the threat posed by ISIS after an ISIS terrorist had just been arrested in Mumbai, and not long after the Burdwan blast in Kolkata. Concerns were held over terrorist groups such as ISIS radicalising the youth of India and drawing them into such groups. In his address, Modi called for a “SMART” police force, an acronym with each letter corresponding to the following principles:

S – Strict but also S – Sensitive

M – Modern and there should be Mobility

A – Alert and Accountable

R – Reliable and Responsive

T – Techno savvy and Trained

This year’s conference was attended by more than 250 DGPs, plus Inspectors General of Police (IGPs), heads of National Investigation Agency (NIA), Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Intelligence Bureau (IB). The Kutch conference focused on a number of hot topics including security related matters, terrorism , cyber security, women’s safety and disaster management. Presentations and various other interactions were taking place over the majority of the day, discussing various aspects of policing. Modi displayed his investment in these concerns, issues and solutions by not only attending the presentations and meetings, but also asking pertinent questions and initiating discussions.

The threat of ISIS was again a concern at the heart of this conference, especially as their activity has escalated over the second half of 2015. As ISIS activity has been witnessed within India, discussions were held over how to manage the spread of this organisation and prevent them from getting a foothold in India and its neighbouring countries. Fears over Indian Muslims being drawn into the terrorist group and how to tackle this situation were addressed. Their main worry is over the radicalisation of Indian youths, particularly via online channels such as social media where they may be exposed to propaganda messages from the extremist group. Matters of cyber security were debated in order to tackle these fears. Officials at the conference concluded that the best way to handle cases of people joining ISIS in India is to take a soft approach.

Terrorism is, of course, taken seriously by all officials present at the conference, illustrated by the four hour long session about the terror situation in India, both past and present, examining and deliberating over all terror strikes that have occurred in India over the last ten years.

Security at the conference itself was also a concern, understandably so with so many police officials, government officials, as well as Modi himself and other key figures. The Prime Minister was provided with his own bulletproof tent at the conference, called the Darbar, to protect him from any potential acts of violence. Possible risks were thought to come from holding the conference so close to the India-Pakistan border, and so the area was declared as a no-fly zone, and anti-aircraft guns were placed around the perimeter of the city as a secondary measure. Of course, all of these measures were merely put in place as a precaution, and the event was completed without any threat of attack.

It wasn’t all work, however, as Modi started the second day of the conference by leading a yoga session at the crack of dawn for the delegates of the conference plus eight yoga instructors from the Art of Living foundation who were invited specially for this session. Modi, along with Home Minister Rajnath Singh and his Junior Minister Kiren Rijiju, then took a walk to see the sunrise after completing the yoga session. Modi practices yoga daily, so it is an important activity and ritual for him, part of his spiritualism as it is a practice that promotes peace and harmony, and is commonly practiced amongst Hindus. Earlier in 2015, on the first ever International Yoga Day, Modi even lead a mass yoga session in the Indian capital, Delhi, which thousands of people took part in.

Prime Minister Modi is dedicated to the protection of his country and keeping its people safe and secure from both minor and major threats. The gathering of police and government officials at this annual DGP conference continues to make progress towards combating terrorism and other security threats within India.


Modi’s commitments to climate change and protecting India’s environment

In the wake of climate change talks held in Paris, calls have been made for legislation to reduce air pollution to be introduced, in a number of countries, with India being one of them. In 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) revealed that Delhi had become the most polluted city in the world, overtaking Beijing, which previously held the top spot. Also, out of the top 20 most polluted cities in the world, 13 of them are found in India. Clearly something needs to be done to tackle this problem.

Between 30th November and 12th December 2015, the 21st annual Conference of the Parties (COP21) took place in Paris, France. Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi was in attendance, along with parties representing 195 other countries from around the world. Such great levels of attendance shows the commitment of countries worldwide to the protection of our planet through combating climate change. The main aim of the conference was to negotiate The Paris Agreement, which will initiate global actions and agreements to reduce climate change.  

In Modi’s addresses to the attendees of the conference, he assured his commitments to combating climate change. Together with President Hollande of France, he launched an International Solar Alliance, which will help to boost the production and use of solar energy in developing countries around the world. The alliance aims to make solar energy cheaper and more reliable, so that it can be accessible to more homes and public buildings, and can be used more effectively as a power source. The alliance focuses on countries that are located between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn, as these have a greater abundance of sunlight hours to harvest into solar energy. Modi stated at the launch of his alliance with President Hollande that India currently has a capacity of 4 gigawatts (GW) of solar power, and is now setting a target of 100 GW of solar power by 2022.

Despite being the country with the third largest carbon emission levels in the world, Modi is keen for others to take on the main burden of reducing carbon emissions and improving climate change. He believes that, as developed countries have made bigger contributions to climate change over the years, that they should have a greater responsibility than developing countries when it comes to reducing emissions. Modi is obviously willing to invest more in renewable energy in order to contribute toward the global effort, but India is still a developing country with around 300 million inhabitants currently living without electricity. Because of this, limiting the country’s use of coal and other fossil fuels would be seriously detrimental to the development of India’s economy, depriving many Indians of basic living standards and quality of life.

He wrote before the Paris conference in The Financial Times that he hopes the negotiations there will “reflect a collective global commitment balancing responsibilities and capabilities on one hand with aspirations and needs on the other.” This does not mean, however, that India is not willing to play its part in improving climate change. This is clear from Modi’s commitment to renewable energy, solar power in particular, but he has also claimed that India will reduce their emissions intensity by 33% – 35% by 2030, compared to what these levels were in 2005. These are amongst other promises, including the pledge to expand their forest cover, which will help to decrease carbon dioxide levels in the earth’s atmosphere.

Narendra Modi’s spirituality also plays a part in his desire to help protect the planet, and he attempted to spread this message at COP21 in Paris. During the launch of the International Solar Alliance at the Paris conference, he talked about how, in India, the sun is worshipped as the source of all energy, and the fact that many Indians pray to the sun every day. This is why renewable energy is something that he truly believes in. Throughout the conference he also made several references to Mahatma Gandhi, quoting him in his talks, for example, and posting on his Twitter account that “Together, we shall live up to Mahatma Gandhi’s call to care for a world that we shall not see.”

Throughout his time in office as Prime Minister of India, Modi has shown commitments to protecting the environment in several of his other initiatives. For example, his Clean India Mission has grand plans to clean the streets and infrastructure of more than 4,000 cities across India. Modi’s aim is to accomplish this by 2019 out of respects to Gandhi, as that year will be the 150th anniversary of his birth. Also, one of the core principles of his Make In India scheme is to minimise the effect their manufacturing processes have on the environment as much as possible.

So, as you can see, Modi is more than willing to make commitments towards fighting climate change and promoting the use of renewable energy, but he asks that developed countries will help to support developing countries through these changes.