Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Canada: Day 1

Published By : Admin | April 16, 2015 | 12:29 IST
"PM reaches Canada, Meets PM of Canada Stephen Harper"
"PM gifts traditional Indian miniature painting showing Guru Nanak Dev with his disciples to PM Harper"
"Canada a key partner in every area of India's national development priority: PM Modi"
"PM Modi reaches out to Indian diaspora in Toronto"
"प्रधानमंत्री कनाडा पहुंचे, कनाडा के प्रधानमंत्री स्टीफन हार्पर से मुलाकात की"
"प्रधानमंत्री मोदी ने कनाडा के प्रधानमंत्री को गुरु नानक देव का पारंपरिक भारतीय लघु चित्र उपहार स्वरुप दिया "
"भारत के राष्ट्रीय विकास प्राथमिकता के सभी क्षेत्रों में कनाडा एक महत्वपूर्ण भागीदार: प्रधानमंत्री मोदी"
"प्रधानमंत्री मोदी ने टोरंटो में भारतीय मूल के लोगों को संबोधित किया "

Amidst warm welcome Prime Minister Narendra Modi landed in Ottawa, Canada on Tuesday, April 14th. It marked the beginning of last leg of Shri Modi’s three nation tour. A huge crowd gathered near the airport to see PM Modi. Shri Modi himself went up to them and shook hands.

PM of Canada, Mr. Stephen Harper, himself welcomed PM Narendra Modi taking to twitter to which Shri Modi also replied back.

A ceremonial reception was given to Prime Minister Modi. The PM of Canada himself received Shri Modi warmly.

PM Modi also presented the Canadian counterpart a traditional Indian miniature painting showing Guru Nanak Dev with his disciples Bhai Bala and Bhai Mardana. The special artwork was made by a Jaipur-based artist, Virendra Bannu using handmade paper with mineral colours.

He also held a fruitful meeting with Canada's Governor General David Johnston at Rideau Hall in Ottawa.

At the Joint Press meet, PM Modi highlighted the growing India-Canada ties. Focussing on the trade potential, the PM considered Canada to be a key partner in every area of India's national development priority. The PM assured Canada about the transformations taking place in India making India one of the fastest growing economies in the world. He also praised the vision and leadership of PM Harper.

PM Shri Modi termed the India-Canada ties as natural partnership of shared values. Strongly condemning terrorism that had gripped both the nations in the past Shri Modi called for promoting a comprehensive global strategy, and consistent policy and action against all sources of terrorism. PM Narendra Modi also sought to enhance our defence and security cooperation with Canada. He expressed his part of content about the agreement on procurement of uranium from Canada.

Later, PM Narendra Modi and PM of Canada flew to Toronto, where an electrifying crowd waited eagerly for PM Modi at Ricoh Coliseum. At the airport a huge number of people gathered to receive PM Modi warmly. There was tremendous enthusiasm amongst the Indian Diaspora as soon as Shri Narendra Modi reached the venue.

Speaking at the event, the Prime Minister highlighted the strength that India-Canada partnership had. Optimistic about the numerous pacts inked between both the Nations, Shri Modi said that a new atmosphere of trust was developed between India and Canada. The PM presented his dream of developed India where there were opportunities for the youth.

Wrapping up his stopover, the PM took to twitter and thanked the people of Toronto and PM Harper for the warm reception. He also shared a few glimpses from the event with all his admirers.

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 16, 2015

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This massive operation led by the central and state rescue teams is another example of Modi government’s deep commitment to the principles of federalism. It is also a masterclass in effective and timely mobilisation of resources to address the needs of citizens facing distressing situations.

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However, the groundwork for Prime Minister Modi's mass mobilization approach was established during the early years of his public service. A striking and pioneering instance of this approach emerged during the Machchhu dam failure, commonly known as the Morbi disaster. It came to known as history’s biggest dam-related disaster unleashing a flood of water through the city of Morbi in 1979, leading to over 25,000 casualties and earning the unfortunate distinction of being the worst dam burst according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

At that time, Narendra Modi, an RSS Karyakarta in Gujarat, undertook extraordinary efforts to assist those affected on the ground. He leveraged the organisational strength of the RSS by mobilising the karyakartas in the time of crisis. He did not stop there. In the demoralizing aftermath, Narendra Modi, in his inimitable style, penned an inspirational letter to motivate the youth in Morbi to rebuild their lives.

The monumental relief efforts in Morbi spanned over a span of over two months, during which Narendra Modi who was an RSS Sangathak in Gujarat, demonstrated exemplary leadership, by personally taking charge and remaining at the forefront until the last bus taking volunteers home departed. Along with RSS volunteers, he assessed the situation and created a detailed plan through which teams were assigned specific tasks to address the different problems arising from the tragedy. Governments can take time before they can choose a course of action. But the 29-year-old worker Narendra Modi, pursued a singular course of action - reaching the people and find ways to alleviate their suffering.

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Another compelling instance of Narendra Modi's commitment to mobilizing every available resource for swift and effective resolution, is the handling of the devastating 2001 earthquake that shook the state of Gujarat. Even before assuming role as Gujarat’s Chief Minister, Narendra Modi, then a BJP karyakarta, immediately rushed to ground zero to aid the affected.

During the aftermath of the massive earthquake in Bhuj, where Narendra Modi had no official role in the Gujarat government or the party hierarchy, he leveraged his personal network in the Sangh and mobilised the BJP's cadre to provide assistance to the earthquake victims. Witnessed by all, he rode pillion on a motorcycle to assess the damage and come up with potential remediation measures. Collaborating with non-profit organizations, organizing relief camps, distributing food, and coordinating support collection nationwide and internationally, Narendra Modi displayed how far he can go to assist those in need, irrespective of any formal power or position.

Upon assuming the role of Chief Minister shortly after, Modi chose to spend Diwali in 2001 in Bhuj, in solidarity with the earthquake victims. Shortly afterward, CM Modi displayed sensitive leadership when he organized a mass worship offering to Mother Earth, alleviating fears caused by the earthquake.

When faced with the monumental task of rehabilitation, Chief Minister Narendra Modi left no stone unturned in mobilizing the state’s government machinery. In the face of officials estimating a rehabilitation period of at least three years, Narendra Modi, not aloof of ground realities in Gujarat and conscious of the urgency for those who had become homeless and destitute, issued a straightforward directive: Kutch should stand on its feet again in three months. As the first anniversary of the earthquake of 26 January 2002 approached, Kutch not only stood on its feet but also started regaining momentum.

The Uttarakashi Tunnel Rescue materialized into reality only through decisive leadership at the helm which demonstrated a profound concern for those at the grassroots level. India stood to benefit from the hands-on experiences of the Prime Minister, who has witnessed and managed several many disasters and crisis as a RSS swayamsevak, a BJP karyakarta, and later as the head of the state in Gujarat and India.

Today, we see that this personal abilitiy of PM Modi has transformed into institutional power. This ‘whole-of-government’ approach has transformed the governance paradigm in India, and today one can proudly say that it was an all of government, all of India operation.