Surgical strikes prove India can defend itself: Modi

Pauline Gross
June 26, 2017

On GST, Mr. Modi said its implementation is a complex task that may well turn out to be "a subject of studies in U.S. business schools".

The Prime Minister met the top US CEOs and interacted with the Indian diaspora on the first day of his US visit.

Meanwhile, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer had said President Trump and Prime Minister Modi would have a very robust discussion when they meet at the White House.

In his conference with US business honchos, Prime Minister Modi stressed that the whole world is looking at India today adding that growth for New Delhi also presents a win-win partnership for the United States. More than 7,000 reforms were made for "ease of (doing) business and minimum government, maximum governance", Modi said.

Expectations for the meeting are so low that many India-watchers in Washington say Modi's best-case scenario might be simply reminding Trump that their countries share numerous interests, especially in combating so-called radical Islamic terror.

Modi said India had attracted the largest amount of Foreign Direct Investment in the last three years owing to the National Democratic Alliance government's policies.

"Growth of India presents win-win partnership for India and United States both". Read Also: PM Modi arrives in U.S., meets with top American CEOsModi had some choice barbs for China, which of late has appeared to overcome its differences with the Trump administration over trade disputes and North Korea's nuclear ambitions.

"This shows India can take big decisions and implement them swiftly", he said. In the 70 years of the country's existence no Indian Prime Minister has ever visited... "We agree with him to allow the future generation to participate in the growth of India", said another expat.

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The "minimum government" part of the message was expected to resonate with Trump, who has proposed streamlining what he calls business-hampering USA regulations and cutting the budgets of several U.S. government agencies.

According to sources, at the meeting, PM Modi was told that there are 740,000 jobs attributable to iOS, and that Indian app developers have created nearly 100,000 apps for the App Store, a growth of 57 percent, in 2016.

Given Goa's strong cultural and historic connection with Portugal, Modi's visit, the first leg of his three-nation tour that will also take him to the USA and the Netherlands, is significant. "However, there have been no immediate changes to issuing these visas, no changes that target any specific country or sector", she said. "Around 80,000 Indians in distress have been rescued from different parts of the world in three years", he said.

Modi will be the first world leader to have a working dinner with Trump at the White House on Monday. Both leaders will be meeting in the background of a trade deficit in India's favor.

So perhaps Modi's visit to Washington will provide both leaders with a welcome distraction from troublesome domestic politics.

India has long accused Pakistan of sponsoring terrorism along the two countries' disputed border.

He added: "The world did not and can not stop us".

"The US and India are both committed to combating all forms of terrorism and strengthening their cooperation in areas like terrorist screening, intelligence and information sharing, terrorists' use of the Internet, and, of course, terrorist designations", a US official was quoted by The Indian Express as saying.

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