Russia may be a former communist country, but this proves that there is no Pseudosecular – Communist – Islamic nexus, at least not as strong enough as in USA. Modi is perfectly aware that he has to establish his international connections by himself. He neither has the national government to back him up nor the family name to project him. Only a few journalist will risk their careers to accompany him to highlight his efforts, unlike the propaganda team that goes with Rahul Baba to every Dalit House that he visits. The ‘aam aadmi’ will seldom hear about his achievements through the Indian media. His own party is in tatters, leaderless, speechless and aimless.
It is not without merit that, after Anil Ambani and Sunil Bharti Mittal, it was the turn of another industry bigwig, BK Birla to recently describe Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi as prime ministerial material.
The question that remains unanswered is when will Modi feel it appropriate to step into the national field. If he claims to be nationalistic he would hardly do any justice by restricting himself to Gujarat for any longer than what is necessary. He does not seem to be a personality who can be cowered by the kind of accusations and abuses that his detractors and haters love to throw at him, neither can he anticipate that they will suddenly turn around, by some miracle. On the other hand, Modi must be well aware that a large part of the country is waiting for him, if one has to believe the short lasting tempo that was created before the last Lok Shabha election, which he himself had to finally dissipate.
To some, who wish to see a Gujarat in every state of India, he is the only hope.
October 30th, 2009
Gandhinagar, Oct 29 (IANS) Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi during his four-day visit to Russia held talks with the top brass of 60 Russian companies as well as representatives of other international companies, an official said Thursday. “We have identified areas for partnership and worked out a road map for the future,” he added.
D. Rajagopalan, chief secretary, Gujarat government, exuded confidence that the visit of the chief minister would result in tangible benefit to the state in terms of the number of joint operations in the oil and gas sector.
“The executive chairman of Gazprom, Alexander Medvedev, was among those who called on the Gujarat chief minister and evinced interest for joint development of oil and gas fields in India and also for partnering with the state public sector undertaking, Gujarat State petroleum Corporation (GSPC), for similar effort in oil and gas fields in Russia,” he said.
According to Rajgopalan, among the projects identified were an alliance for EPC contracts, supply of LNG and expanding capability of GSWAN. “We expect delegations from key companies like Gazprom, Sistema and Itera as a follow up of the visit and to carry it forward,” he added.
The state chief secretary said as a result of the visit, several Russian companies involved in telecommunication, oil and gas and other sectors are to send technical delegations to work out plans for joint operations in oil and gas exploration and setting up units to manufacture telecommunication and other appliances.
“By the next Vibrant Gujarat summit in January 2011, we expect a number of Memoranda of Understandings (MOUs) for joint operations with their companies,” he added.
The Gujarat delegation was in Russia to participate in the fourth International Energy Week and ninth Russian Oil and Gas Week Conference in which Chief Minister Modi was invited to deliver the keynote address.