In a period of just 11 months since he became the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has already made 13 visits at the world’s top tourist destinations.
By Rakesh Raman
If his number of foreign visits is an indication, you can safely infer that India’s Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi’s favorite pastime is picnic on foreign lands.
His foreign trips are increasing at such an astonishing speed that it appears as if he is some foreigner who visits India occasionally.
Although Modi has kept a Sushma Swaraj as External Affairs (Foreign) Minister, she has been relegated to a mere figurehead role while Modi himself keeps traveling in the name of managing external affairs.
In a period of just 11 months since he became the PM, Modi has always been straining at the leash and has already made 13 visits at the world’s top tourist destinations. He also has packed his luggage to visit about a dozen more picnic spots in the coming months. [ Data about Modi’s foreign trips is given at the bottom of this article. ]
But why is he so eager to always run away from India? Inferiority complex. Modi is perhaps the most illiterate PM that India has seen in the past few years. His illiteracy is not only about his educational qualification, but his awareness level is also worse than a bumpkin.
You can assess Modi’s level of competence from the failure of projects that he has launched by issuing some random statements without understanding the meaning of those projects. And, in turn, he has wasted huge public money.
For example, “Make in India” about manufacturing in the country is an utter failure. “Clean India” continues to be dirty. “Digital India” could not take off. And New Delhi – India’s capital – is the most polluted city in the world.
Modi became his party BJP’s PM candidate for the Lok Sabha election of 2014 by using foxy and arm-twisting tactics rather than any intellect.
And by accident he became India’s PM because Indian voters were fed up with the Congress-led UPA government which was allegedly involved in a series of corruption cases among its other failures. It was basically Congress’ defeat rather than BJP’s win in the election that Modi became the PM.
But he also knows that he does not deserve the PM post because he is incompetent like most other PMs that India has seen in the past. But at the same time, he wants to look like an international leader. While he is clueless about international affairs and can’t even speak properly in English language, he feels that his stature would be measured by the number of foreign trips that he makes.
His level of foolhardiness can be assessed from the fact that when the U.S. President Barack Obama was visiting India, Modi was telling him about his fight with a crocodile instead of discussing crucial foreign affairs. The opposition Congress party said, “Modi lacks etiquette and his unhealthy mindset is a matter of national concern.”
It is not only his boorish behavior that is giving India a bad name in the international arena, but his visits are also costing the nation dearly. Although the PM Office won’t reveal the details of money spent on Modi’s foreign visits, it’s estimated that he has already squandered public money worth millions of dollars (or crores of rupees).
This is a huge wastage for an underdeveloped country, as a whopping 20% of the world’s 4 billion poor who live on less than US$ 2.50 per day, are in India. While Modi’s foreign excursions are not doing any good for the country, he is splurging the people’s money for his own pleasure.
Plus, voters only vote to elect a candidate in an election. That candidate can become a PM by hook or by crook, but he or she never has voters’ permission to waste their money lavishly. Modi must understand this basic fact of democracy. But he won’t because he can’t. And that’s the universal truth. Do Indians needs such a visiting Prime Minister?
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Photo courtesy: BJP
International trips of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi:
|Bhutan||Paro, Thimpu||June 16–17|
|Brazil||Fortaleza, Brasilia||July 13–16|
|Japan||Kyoto, Tokyo||August 30 -September 3|
|United States||New York, Washington||September 26–30|
|Australia||Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney||November 14–18|
Modi had undertaken the following visits during the first quarter of 2015.
|Mauritius||Port Louis||March 11-13|
|Sri Lanka||Colombo, Jafna||March 13-14|
Modi will undertake the following international trips throughout 2015.
|France||Paris, Lyon||April 09-12|
|Germany||Berlin, Hannover||April 12-14|
|Canada||Ottawa, Toronto||April 14-16|
Data courtesy: Wikipedia