External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, during his official visit to the UK, attributed the remarkable socioeconomic transformation India witnessed in the past decade to the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Speaking at a Diwali reception in London, Jaishankar highlighted the significant impact of PM Modi’s initiatives, emphasizing the cumulative effect that has led to a revolutionary change in India.
“Answering the question of what has changed in India over the years, the answer is Modi,” stated EAM Jaishankar. He elaborated on transformative policies such as Beti Padhao Beti Bachao, Jandhan Yojana, Awas Yojana, Digital India, Startup India, and Skill India campaigns, pointing out the interconnected impact of these initiatives on the lives of the people.
Reflecting on the past decade, Jaishankar noted that the government, nearing the completion of its second term next year, has brought about a socioeconomic revolution by creating almost as many new universities and colleges in the last ten years as the country had in the previous 65 years.
Addressing the evolving India-UK relationship, Jaishankar stressed the need to reframe the partnership in light of profound changes in both nations. He highlighted the importance of preparing for a contemporary era and exploring new convergences to unlock the unrealized potential between India and the UK.
“We are today trying to reframe the relationship between India and the UK. It is important that we prepare a partnership for a contemporary era in which we look to explore new convergences to see if there is unrealized potential out there,” emphasized Jaishankar.
The visit of EAM Jaishankar to Britain aims to strengthen the growing bilateral partnership between India and the UK. The two countries launched a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership in 2021, and negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) are underway, marking a significant step in enhancing the friendly ties between the two nations.