What Modi’s India Means to the World?

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In a record mandate since 1984, India has made a decisive choice. Narendra Modi-led NDA stormed to power by a record margin, decimating the hapless Congress-led UPA 2.

Post the victory, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) proclaimed ‘the start of a new era’ in the world’s biggest democracy.

Narendra Modi, the 63-year-old son of a low-caste tea seller, tainted by the 2002 Gujarat riots, tweeted ‘India has won. Good days are coming.’

"The age of divisive politics has ended, from today onwards the politics of uniting people will begin," he stated. "We want more strength for the well-being of the country ... I see a glorious and prosperous India."

With a voter turnout at 66.38 percent, more than 500 million people cast their votes making it the biggest democratic exercise ever. Several world leaders have congratulated Mr Modi on his historic triumph.

White House applauds Modi

US President Obama called upon Modi to offer congratulations and invited him "to visit Washington at a mutually agreeable time to further strengthen our bilateral relationship."

Obama hopes to work closely with the new prime minister, and invited the once shunned leader to visit Washington. In 2005, the United States denied Modi a visa because of his alleged role in the Gujarat riots.

“I look forward to working closely with Mr Modi to fulfill the extraordinary promise of the US-India strategic partnership, and we will continue to expand and deepen the wide-ranging cooperation between our two democracies,” Obama said.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said President Barack Obama "does plan to reach out" to him soon. In a statement, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Modi would get a visa to the United States once he takes office and forms a government.

"We congratulate Narendra Modi and the BJP on its victory in winning a majority of seats in India's historic national election, which saw more voters cast their ballots freely and fairly than in any election in human history," Psaki's statement said. "Secretary Kerry has also offered his congratulations, and looks forward to working with the BJP on expanding our shared prosperity and security."

"Once a new government is formed, we look forward to working closely with the prime minister and the Cabinet to advance our strong bilateral partnership," the State Department statement said.

Pakistan’s PM congratulates Modi

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif congratulated Modi on his landslide win. It shows Islamabad’s eagerness to promote better ties with its giant neighbour.

In an interview last week, Modi said ties with Pakistan could not improve unless the country worked hard to stop militants from carrying out attacks on Indian soil.

"Pakistan has to take effective and demonstrable action against the terror networks that operate from its soil. Once that happens, there will an increased trust between the two neighbours which will enable us to pursue a policy of dialogue to solve all the issues," Modi had said.

China to work with India for Closer Partnership

China too congratulated Modi on his big day. “China- India relations are facing new opportunities of development,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said.

“China is willing to work with India’s new government to maintain high level visits, strengthen cooperation in all fields and upgrade their partnership at higher level.”

Known for his hard posturing, Narendra Modi has often taken tough stance when it comes to dealing with problematic neighbours. On more than one occasions, he thundered: “Give respect, get respect”.

Narendra Modi may show flexibility in economic ties with China but also ‘create new problems’, a Chinese daily said.

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