Home News Reports Why did Modi go to Mauritius, Seychelles and Sri Lanka?

Why did Modi go to Mauritius, Seychelles and Sri Lanka?

A lot has been said about Modi’s visits to various countries of the world. Right from jokes that he’s never in the country to political jibes. Congress leader Anand Sharma had said: “Kindly request the country’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi to come to the House. We are concerned about his whereabouts,”. Derek O’Brian, an MP of Trinamul Congress had said “Please grant a visa to the Prime Minister of India to come to the Rajya Sabha.” CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury said “Forget bringing black money from abroad, bring back the PM,”. Modi gave a fitting and terse reply to all these comments when he addressed the Parliament.

Recently, Modi took flight for another trip, this time to 3 countries: Seychelles,Mauritius and Sri Lanka. And there are bound to be questions as to what is the purpose of these trips. Luckily, this time the answer is more obvious and many have realised it. All these 3 countries are located in the Indian Ocean. Balaji Vishwanathan, in this quora answer main-qimg-044b4b21e4f20be1cfa2eb63f915a1b3has outlined the trade routes via the Indian Ocean:

aaa

- Ad - - article resumes -

Its clear that the Indian Ocean is a vital cog in India’s International trade. And the PM realises this, hence he had once said 90 percent of India’s trade and oil imports moves by sea and as its economy becomes more globally integrated it would become more dependent on the ocean. As Nitin Gokhale rightly points out in his post, Modi’s trip has served to reclaim some of New Delhi’s lost footing in the area. Some of the key events of the trip:

1. Modi secured agreements to develop islands in Mauritius and Seychelles

2. India and Mauritius signed an agreement to upgrade sea and air links on the remote Agalega islands, providing India a foothold in the middle of the Indian Ocean. The Ministry of External Affairs statement made it clear that the new facilities would also “enhance the capabilities of the Mauritian Defence Forces in safeguarding their interests,” hinting at a military benefit at a later stage.

3. In Seychelles Prime Minister Modi announced an agreement to develop infrastructure on Assumption island

4. In Jaffna, Sri Lanka, Modi handed over 27,000 new homes to Tamils who became homeless during the civil war that ended in May 2009

5.  India will be developing the Oil tank Farm near Trincomalee in Eastern Sri Lanka

These efforts by India have of course be prompted by years of neglect and the resultant rise of China as a major player in this area. Smita Prakash in this piece says, “It took overarching Chinese aspirations for India to get into action”. Modi visited these countries “Not with a clenched fist but with folded hands, being a generous ally, a big brother nudging and chastising, but with an arm on the shoulder. Making it quite clear that cutting the familial chord would have not-very-pretty consequences” she adds. With these moves, one hopes India is able to reclaim its position in the Indian Ocean and thwart any moves by China to counter India’s supremacy.

Help Opindia Reach Every Indian. Share This Post
We need your support to survive in the media industry. Please consider paying us for the content we produce:

To know more about these payments, please click here.


Big Story

While slamming Rahul Gandhi and praising the Narendra Modi government for abrogating Article 370, Iqbal Ansari said the government has established the rule of a law in the country by removing Article 370.

2019 World Cup Is Here!

Catch the latest on Cricket World Cup as it unfolds, special coverage by Opindia

To Advertise on Opindia.com Click here

Parody country Pakistan’s ex-minister Rehman Malik exposes his low IQ, falls for a parody account who fools him like a pro

Ever since India abolished Article 370 from its constitution, Pakistani politicians including Pakistan PM Imran Khan are having a hard time digesting the fact that India has decidedly altered the status quo in Jammu and Kashmir.

Ravish Kumar blames ‘Modi the dictator’ for people not wanting to watch his mediocre shows anymore

The curious case of journalism by Ravish Kumar is that he often resorts to shooting the allegations in the dark without backing with any hard evidence,

Pakistan takes a cue from Congress yet again, asks ‘what happened to Rafale investigation’

In case Chaudhry missed out, the first Rafale jet is expected to be delivered next month.

Congress mouthpiece’s obituary on Arun Jaitley is the worst in recent memory and an absolute disgrace

The entire National Herald obituary is made up of thoughtless remarks.
Pakistani Army's official spokesperson now begs attention from Shah Rukh Khan

Frustrated Pakistani Army now wants Shah Rukh Khan to pay attention to them

Major General Asif Ghafoor, the official spokesperson of the Pakistani armed forces, who thinks it is his patriotic and religious duty to be a Twitter troll, has now directed his ranting towards Shah Rukh Khan and his upcoming Netflix series.

Pakistan uses India Today journalist who created a drama at Srinagar airport to show India in bad light

The theatric by India Today journalist Mausami Singh at Srinagar airport is being used by a desperate Pakistan to further their own narrative about Kashmir.

India Today journalist plays victim after being accosted by security personnel for video recording at Defence airport in Srinagar

Journalist Mausami Singh from India Today went berserk when a security personnel informed her shooting videos on Srinagar airport is prohibited

Abusive ‘journalist’ Swati Chaturvedi spreads fake news, tweets photoshopped image of PM Modi wearing Arabic attire

Swati Chaturvedi, abusive troll masquerading as a journalist, has yet again been caught red-handed after propagating fake news.

Here is how these 7 opinion pieces in 4 days reveal newspaper The Hindu’s legendary level of meltdown and arrogance

Let’s take a look at the opinion pieces published by The Hindu in their print edition, in this week

Babri Masjid litigant Iqbal Ansari slams Rahul Gandhi: Modi govt right in abrogating Article 370, visit PoK and ‘resolve issues’ instead

While slamming Rahul Gandhi and praising the Narendra Modi government for abrogating Article 370, Iqbal Ansari said the government has established the rule of a law in the country by removing Article 370.
Subscribe to Day's Top Stories
[newsletter_form type="minimal"]
- Advertisment -

Latest articles

Connect with us

181,478FansLike
173,521FollowersFollow
91,572SubscribersSubscribe
Help Opindia Reach Every Indian. Share This Post