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"Students of Hof University impressed with Gujarat’s development under Shri Modi’s leadership"

A 27-member student delegation from Germany’s Hof University called on Shri Narendra Modi on the evening of Tuesday 17th December 2013 in Gandhinagar. Shri Modi interacted with the students on a variety of issues and answered their questions. The students were deeply impressed with the development journey of Gujarat and praised the leadership skills of Shri Narendra Modi. The students are on a ten-day tour of Gujarat to study Gujarat’s development under Shri Modi, particularly his rise from humble background to leading Gujarat’s development journey.

One of the students asked Shri Modi about the main challenge India faces and what would be his top priority when he becomes the PM. Shri Modi answered that policy paralysis at the Centre is the main challenge India is facing today. He added that no decisions are being taken and this is causing great problems. Giving an example he said, that 20,000 MW power cannot be generated because there is no fuel. Due to that there is energy shortage, due to which industries are closed, which in turn is causing unemployment and is affecting the growth story.

Another student wanted to know about Shri Modi’s daily routine and asked him the secret behind his hardworking nature. Shri Modi answered that when a person is clear (in thoughts), when he or she knows their responsibilities well and how to fulfill them then time follows and the body also adjusts. He shared that he works for an average of 14 hours per day, sometimes it goes up to 18. Shri Modi also pointed that he is a very organized person and that has also helped him immensely. He shared that he has been a non-stop traveller for the last 45 years and this has helped him to understand the people better.

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Answering a question on whether he wanted to become a politician, Shri Modi stated that he never thought he would become a politician. He said that he belonged to a very poor family and he left his family at the age of 17 with a determination to serve the poor. It was only later on the insistence of friends, who were impressed by his oratory and organisation skills, that he joined a political party in the late 1980s and then finally he was given the responsibility to serve Gujarat in 2001.

Shri Modi described youth and democracy as the two greatest strengths of India. He spoke about empowering the youth. He also talked about development of agriculture and villages. Shri Modi spoke about the relevance of Gandhi today. He even talked on the relations between India and Germany and what can be learnt from Germany, be it focus on renewable energy, healthcare and organizing global events well.

The students were very impressed after meeting Shri Modi. One of them said that he was very impressed during his visit to Gujarat and added that he found the state very clean. Another student said that Gujarat was developed than another state he had been to. He said that there is no problem with power and the roads are developed. The students were impressed with the good infrastructure of Gujarat too.

The delegation was led by Professor Dinesh Patel. Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Shri AK Sharma was present on the occasion.

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INDIA-EU LEADERS' MEETING
May 08, 2021
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At the invitation of the President of the European Council Mr. Charles Michel, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi participated in the India-EU Leaders’ Meeting today.

The meeting was held in a hybrid format with the participation of leaders of all the 27 EU Member States as well as the President of the European Council and the European Commission. This is the first time that the EU hosted a meeting with India in the EU+27 format. The meeting was the initiative of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

During the meeting, the leaders expressed their desire to further strengthen the India-EU Strategic Partnership based on a shared commitment to democracy, fundamental freedoms, rule of law and multilateralism. They exchanged views on three key thematic areas: i) foreign policy and security; ii) COVID-19, climate and environment; and iii) trade, connectivity and technology. They discussed forging closer cooperation on combating the COVID-19 pandemic and economic recovery, tackling climate change, and reforming multilateral institutions. India appreciated the prompt assistance provided by the EU and its member states to combat its second COVID wave.

The leaders welcomed the decision to resume negotiations for balanced and comprehensive free trade and investment agreements. Negotiations on both the Trade and Investment Agreements will be pursued on parallel tracks with an intention to achieve early conclusion of both agreements together. This is a major outcome which will enable the two sides to realise the full potential of the economic partnership. India and the EU also announced dedicated dialogues on WTO issues, regulatory cooperation, market access issues and supply chain resilience, demonstrating the desire to deepen and further diversify economic engagement.

India and the EU launched an ambitious and comprehensive ‘Connectivity Partnership’ which is focused on enhancing digital, energy, transport and people-to-people connectivity. The Partnership is based on the shared principles of social, economic, fiscal, climate and environmental sustainability, and respect for international law and commitments. The Partnership will catalyse private and public financing for connectivity projects. It will also foster new synergies for supporting connectivity initiatives in third countries, including in the Indo-Pacific.

India and the EU leaders reiterated their commitment to achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement and agreed to strengthen joint efforts for mitigation, adaptation and resilience to the impacts of climate change, as well as providing means of implementation including finance in the context of COP26. India welcomed the EU’s decision to join CDRI.

India and the EU also agreed to enhance bilateral cooperation on digital and emerging technologies such as 5G, AI, Quantum and High-Performance Computing including through the early operationalization of the Joint Task Force on AI and the Digital Investment Forum.

The leaders noted with satisfaction the growing convergences on regional and global issues, including counterterrorism, cybersecurity and maritime cooperation. The leaders acknowledged the importance of a free, open, inclusive and rules-based Indo-Pacific and agreed to closely engage in the region, including in the context of India’s Indo-Pacific Ocean’s Initiative and the EU’s new strategy on the Indo-Pacific.

Coinciding with the Leaders’ Meeting, an India-EU Business Roundtable was organised to highlight the avenues for cooperation in climate, digital and healthcare. A finance contract of Euro 150 million for the Pune Metro Rail Project was signed by the Ministry of Finance, Government of India, and European Investment Bank.

India-EU Leaders Meeting has set a significant milestone by providing a new direction to the Strategic Partnership and giving a fresh impetus for implementing the ambitious India-EU Roadmap 2025 adopted at the 15th India-EU Summit held in July 2020.