In humanity we trust
May 26, 2015
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“The colour of one’s passports may be different but there is nothing stronger than the bond of humanity” – this is what PM Narendra Modi has said repeatedly and turned into reality whenever any tragedy has struck.

When the conflict in Yemen reached its peak there were people of several nations stuck on the conflict zone. The Government of India left no stone unturned to rescue people, not only Indian but of several Nations. Several Nations sought India’s assistance in rescue operations and the scale and speed at which India’s rescue operations was unprecedented and highly impactful.

India’s swift and extensive response was monitored at the highest levels. External Affairs Minister Smt. Sushma Swaraj was constantly monitoring the situation. Minister of State for External Affairs Shri VK Singh went to Yemen and Djibouti, personally spearheading the operations.

When Nepal was struck by a disastrous Earthquake on the morning of 25th April 2015 India did everything possible to share the pains of the sisters and brothers of Nepal. The Indian Armed Forces, disaster management teams and topmost officials were on the spot to help in return of normalcy. The Prime Minister himself chaired high-level meetings to monitor the situation. At the same time, India did everything possible to rescue people from quake-affected Nepal, both Indian and foreign Nationals.

These efforts were appreciated at the world stage. When Shri Modi met world leaders be it French President Hollande, PM Harper they lauded India’s efforts in relief and rescue operations. Israel’s PM Netanyahu lauded India’s efforts in a telephone conversation with the Prime Minister.Mr. Richard Verma, the USA Ambassador to India too praised the role of India.

In February 2015 Father Alexis Prem Kumar returned home after a long period of eight months in captivity in Afghanistan. Father was an aid worker devoted to doing his work but inhuman elements had other plans. He was abducted but for months there was an impasse over his release. Finally, the Government succeeded in bringing Father home and reuniting him with his family. The family was ecstatic and thanked the Central Government and the Prime Minister for the release.

Similarly, Indian nurses who have been stranded in various parts of the Middle East have been rescued by the Government. None other than Shri Oommen Chandy, the Kerala Chief Minister thanked the Centre for the Centre’s efforts to bring nurses back from Iraq.

This is how the Centre has time and again showed when in times of crisis, the bond of humanity matters much more than the colour of one’s passport.

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The work of the NDA government under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has been profusely lauded by leading international bodies for the policies that have initiated the wheels of change in India.

The World bank expressed hope that India is expected to grow at a phenomenal pace of 6.4% in 2015-16 as against a 5.6% in 2014-15. The World Bank added that this is linked to what they called ‘the Modi dividend.’ The World Bank added that investment is set to pick up due to the government’s policies and even the declining oil prices.

The positive sentiment has been echoed by the President of the World Bank, Mr. Jim Yong Kim. Mr. Kim said that "strong visionary leadership" of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has resulted in "extraordinary effort" by India on financial inclusion of its people. He even praised the Jan Dhan Yojana, the effort of the Government of India towards financial inclusion.

The International Monetary Fund pointed that due to the reform drive by PM Modi and the declining oil prices, the Indian economy will grow faster than what is expected and will even outplace China. The IMF also linked the reforms to rising investor confidence.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has opined that the economic reforms in India are poised to put the Indian economy on a strong, sustainable and inclusive growth path. This again points to the reformist zeal of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.

The leading and respected global agency, Moody’s has upgraded India’s rating outlook to “positive” from the previous “stable.” This is again seen as a major boost for investors and a thumbs-up to the reform drive of the Prime Minister and his team.

A similar optimistic response on India’s growth came from the United Nations, whose mid-year update on the World Economic Situation and Prospects puts India’s growth above 7% for this year and the next year.

Thus, the reformist zeal of the Prime Minister and the quick pace of the wheels of reforms have drawn the attention of the world, which is appreciative of India and optimistic about the Indian economy.