India-UK ties are truly special. It is an enduring partnership, which is nurtured by our shared values: PM Modi
India-UK ties are nurtured by a common vision for a peaceful and prosperous world: PM Modi
Science and Technology is a vibrant and fast growing space in India-UK partnership: PM Modi
Growing business partnerships, and expanding trade and capital flows between India-UK are crucial to our economic partnership: PM
Security of the Cyber space, especially involving our critical infrastructure is an area of shared interest: PM
India-UK global partnership is expanding. There is growing convergence of our views on leading global issues: PM
UK backs India’s membership of the UN Security Council and Nuclear Suppliers Group

Your Excellency, Prime Minister Theresa May Members of the media,
Friends,

Excellency, I am honoured to welcome you to India. We deeply appreciate that you have chosen India for your first bilateral visit outside Europe. Last week was a period of great festivities in India. You also celebrated Diwali with much fanfare in London. Your visit today gives us reasons to celebrate the vibrant and strong India-UK partnership.

Friends,

India-UK ties are truly special. It is an enduring partnership, which is nurtured by:

  • our shared values;
  • extensive people to people linkages lets not forget cricket here;
  • wide spread economic engagement for the prosperity of our societies;
  • common efforts aimed at the security of our people; and
  • a common vision for a peaceful and prosperous world.

Our Strategic Partnership is geared towards meeting the existing, new and emerging challenges of the twenty first (21st) century and contributing to the larger regional and global good.

Friends,

In my extensive discussions with Prime Minister May today, we looked at the full range of our partnership. The spread and depth of our engagement has indeed been impressive. We also agreed to add new domains and initiatives to broaden the scope of our linkages.

Earlier this morning, Prime Minister May and I jointly inaugurated the India-UK Tech Summit. It marked a fitting celebration of 2016 as the India-UK Year of Education, Innovation and Research.

Science and Technology is a vibrant and fast growing space in our partnership. It is an area of tremendous potential and promise. It allows for the convergence of novel ideas, new research and next generation technologies. And, brings the benefits of science and technology collaboration to the lives of common people, not just in India and the UK, but in the entire world.

At the Summit, new bilateral initiatives on clean energy development and energy efficient building materials were announced. These would be critical for development of Smart Cities and to our quest for innovative solutions to tackle challenges of climate change and sustainability.

Friends,

Growing business partnerships, and expanding trade and capital flows between our two economies are crucial to our economic partnership. Indian companies have been successfully raising finance from the City of London. We are encouraged by the London Stock Exchange presently hosting several Rupee denominated Masala bonds. It reflects the strong investor confidence in the fast growing Indian economy.

A meeting of the India-UK CEOs Forum, held earlier today and their valuable recommendations, would help us deepen business to business ties. The meeting of the India-UK Joint Economic and Trade Committee later this afternoon will take forward the business agenda. We have also agreed to establish a Joint Working Group on Trade. We believe that such a group should not only focus on ways to increase trade in goods, but also on the expansion of services trade, including through greater mobility of skilled professionals.

Friends,

I also discussed defence and security partnership with Prime Minister May. I encourage British companies to look at the multiple opportunities in the Indian defence sector. Looking beyond trade in defence equipment, I invite them to build partnerships with Indian enterprises that focus on manufacturing, technology transfer and co-development. Security of the Cyber space, especially involving our critical infrastructure is an area of shared interest. I welcome our growing cooperation in this field. I also discussed with Prime Minister May, ways to purposefully work together to combat the growing forces of radicalization and terrorism. We agreed that it is not a limited security challenge. Its arc of threat spreads across nations and regions. Terrorists moves across borders with ease, and endanger the entire humanity. I conveyed our deep concerns to Prime Minister May regarding cross-border terrorism and the need for the international community to take strong action against States that support and sponsor terrorism.

Friends,

India-UK global partnership is expanding. There is growing convergence of our views on leading global issues. I thanked Prime Minister May for UK’s consistent support for India’s membership of the UN Security Council and Nuclear Suppliers Group. We also agreed on the need for early adoption of the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism.

Excellency,

Our multifaceted relationship is, indeed, unique. Your visit to India and the outcome of our discussions today would add new dimensions and substance that would further strengthen India-UK partnership. I also take this opportunity to convey my best wishes to the English cricket team, who will begin their campaign in Rajkot, Gujarat, day after tomorrow. May the best team win! Excellency, Let me once again extend a very warm welcome to you and your delegation to India.

Thank you.
Thank you very much.

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PM Modi's Development Politics Sweeps the Nation
December 03, 2023

The saying goes, "a leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way." Today, as 638 seats underwent the test of democracy, the BJP emerged victorious in over 70% of them. This resounding victory reflects the trust that people have in the vision, work, and leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Modi ki Guarantee has indeed prevailed.

Modi ki Guarantee, underscored by PM’s model of Seva and Sushasan, is imbued with the vision of Aatmanirbhar and Viksit Bharat.

It is clear beyond doubt that when a true leader speaks, people believe. The outcome of this vote is a direct result of the strong connection that the Prime Minister has with his janta janardan, the care he exhibits for their upliftment, and the genuine concern he has for his country’s growth. People have reposed their faith in PM Modi’s guarantee which is about performance and delivery. This has happened because people have seen this guarantee as a living reality across the length and breadth of India.

Electricity has reached 100% of villages. Over 13 crore tap water connections have been delivered, covering 70% of families in rural India as against a mere 17% about a decade ago. The country is 100% Open Defecation Free (ODF). Over 4 crore houses have been sanctioned for construction. The underprivileged are entitled to receive free medical treatment up to Rs. 5 lakhs every year. And almost 100% of villages today have LPG connections.

From electricity, water, housing to healthcare and environment, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s guarantee is backed by a long and authentic track record of good governance. This governance model has lent character and trust to the idea of public service unlike in the past when people were instead at the receiving end of corrupt and divisive politics; when the common man remained isolated from the political elite, and policies were formulated in silos. Today, PM Modi has ensured that the citizen remains at the heart of policy and decision-making. Rightly so, after nine years of the Modi government, traditional politics has been revolutionized, making way for a development politics, which has reached the homes of crores of Indians.

PM Modi’s development model is reaching even the areas that have hitherto remained on the periphery of welfarism. Be it the tribal areas or pockets affected by left-wing extremism, people are embracing development as the basis of politics, steering away from divisive approaches. Tribals today have erased governments that deprived them of opportunities for over seven decades. Due credit goes to the PM Modi’s policies and programs that have elevated the public experience, moving away from the fault-lines of casteism, regionalism and religionism and embracing inclusive development.  

 

Only four castes – women, youth, farmer and poor

“For me, there are only four castes in the country. Empowering our women, empowering our youth, supporting our farmers, and uplifting our poor families—strengthening these four castes is the key to empowering the nation,” exclaimed PM Modi in his address to the nation from the BJP Headquarters today.

PM Modi has garnered the support of the poor through initiatives like PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana which guarantees free rations to 80 crore Indians, a program extended for the next five years. With this and such efforts in tow, the Modi government has lifted 13.5 crore people out of poverty. The farmers, on the other hand, are extensively supported through multifarious schemes including PM KISAN that benefits over 11.8 crore farmers today.

The Nari Shakti or the ladli behnas as they are called in Madhya Pradesh, has undoubtedly thrown their weight behind PM Modi as they break barriers across social, political, and economic spectrums, opting for a double-engine government. The Modi government has gone beyond providing basic amenities like electricity, water, gas, toilets, and bank accounts to women – amenities that particularly empower them. It has also solidified their confidence through the historic Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam, ensuring their involvement in policy-making and granting them a share in shaping the nation's agenda.

The Prime Minister’s commendable efforts in creating world-class infrastructure, revitalising entrepreneurial energy, and elevating India’s global standing have energised the aspirations of the country’s youth. The election results have made it clear that the youth of the country solely desire development.

As a matter of fact, the election results have given out a clear message that the women, the poor, the youth, the OBCs, the dalits, and the STs have embraced the PM’s vision of Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas, Sabka Prayas. The mandate for the BJP underscores a growing zero tolerance for corruption, favoritism, and dynastic politics. These elections serve as a testament to the maturity of Indian voters who have chosen stability and signaled to the world the robustness of Indian democracy.

 

The ‘momentum’ of India’s progress to continue

The world is also witnessing that India is creating newer records each day in terms of record-breaking GST collections and unprecedented agricultural production. The confidence in Indian share market is at utmost, and the nation is setting new records in exports. The adoption of UPI transactions has reached unprecedented levels, showcasing the increasing digitalization of financial transactions. Festive seasons are witnessing record-breaking consumer purchases, and the sale of vehicles is at an all-time high. Moreover, there is a surge in production and generation across sectors such as cement, coal, steel, and electricity. International companies are expressing eagerness to establish manufacturing operations in India.

Moreover, the modernization of railways, expanding civil aviation business, credit growth, revolutionary digital infrastructure, and other developments stand out as key elements in the narrative of India's economic growth. These factors are collectively contributing to positioning India as the fastest-growing major economy and the most attractive investment destination globally.

And now the double-engine governments, working in tandem, are set to grease the wheels of the Indian economy to reach its full potential.

 

The juggernaut that Bharat has hopped onto is riding on the back of the decisive leadership and peerless vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Even at the age of 73, the PM makes it a point to personally campaign across the country just like his Viksit Bharat Sankalp Yatra traversing India, taking saturation of his government’s unique initiatives to 100%. The mantra of the PM is to take governance to the doorstep of each Indian. And taking that resolve further, he urges each one of us to become a Viksit Bharat Ambassador. PM’s enthusiasm for India’s growth is incomparable, and in a similar vein, he wishes to create a generation of Indians who are determined to create a Viksit Bharat by 2047.

Modi’s Guarantee Wali Gadi is ceaseless. It transcends all ‘isms’, and focuses on building a New India that is characterized by inclusive development for all.