India not standing in a corner anymore, says Modi

RSTV Bureau
Prime Narendra Modi in Red fort in New Delhi

Prime Narendra Modi in Red fort in New Delhi

Marking two years of BJP government Prime Minister Narendra Modi highlighted achievements of NDA government at the centre in an interview given to Wall Street Journal at his residence on Wednesday morning.

Narendra Modi said that his government has opened up more of the economy to foreign investment and made changes to eradicate corruption, filled gaps in rural infrastructure and made it easier to do business.

“I have actually undertaken the maximum reforms, I have an enormous task ahead for myself,” said the Prime Minister.

PM Modi meets Chinese Premier, Li Keqiangin. Photo-PTI

PM Modi meets Chinese Premier, Li Keqiangin.
Photo-PTI

Prime Minister stressed on his government’s efforts to increase India’s prominence in global affairs and said ‘India traditionally has been a non-aligned country, reluctant to play a prominent role in global affairs.’

“Today, unlike before, India is not standing in a corner,” PM Modi said.

When asked about the consensus on crucial issues like Land acquisition and GST not being met in Parliament with opposition parties, PM Modi said that he would look to states to further liberalize the country’s rigid labour laws, land reforms which have been done by his government at centre. Prime Minister Modi also said he hoped the GST would soon become legislation, this year.

“Labour reform should not just mean in the interest of industry, Labour reform should also be in the interest of the labourer,”said PM Modi.

When asked about his governments approach on relationship of China and US, he said there are areas where China and the U.S have substantial differences but there are also areas where they work closely.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with American President Barack Obama. Photo-PTI

PM Narendra Modi with American President Barack Obama. Photo-PTI

“This is the new way. If we want to ensure the success of this interdependent world, I think countries need to cooperate, but at the same time we also need to ensure that there is respect for international norms and international rules,” said the PM.

Asked to comment on Donald Trump’s proposed ban on Muslims, PM Narendra Modi evaded a direct answer, commenting: “These are issues of debate in the election. A government shouldn’t respond to that,” he said. “As a part of the election debate many things will be said there, who ate what, who drank what, how can I respond to everything?”