5 takeaways which prove Modi’s flute-and-drum diplomacy worked in Japan

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Narendra Modi Government on Tuesday completed 100 days and during this short span of time he has lots of achievements to brag about, especially the way he has given towering image to Indian diplomacy unlike his predecessors that is really exemplary.

Though he has also many misses comparison to hits under his credit, but one thing can be said that he has shown at least his intention to improve things in this short stint of time.

Took series of bold decisions

Government took many bold decisions including abrogation of redundant institution like Planning commission and 62 Groups of Ministers (GoMs) and Empowered Groups of Ministers (EGOMs).

The new dispensation announced SIT for bringing $8 billion black money back to the country, then scrapped collegium system and established Judicial accountability Bill instead, emphasized need of toilets in every house and started Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana to make rural India financially sound.

Apart from these things, Modi also set precedent by establishing new style of working culture among his council of ministers.

Directed all his Ministers to follow austerity principle like do away with all wasteful expenditure and be accountable to the people. Biggest of all, within 100 days, Indian economy achieved a 5.7% growth target which will surely rise in coming days.

Envious record at foreign diplomacy front

Though these steps earned him mixed reactions, the one area where he scored 99.9 per cent out of 100 is foreign diplomacy front.

Right from inviting leaders of SAARC nations in his swearing-in ceremony to bringing back nurses from strife-torn Iraq and then recent one blocking of WTO's Trade facilitation agreement in the larger interest of poor of the country, all proved that Modi is master in the art of displaying diplomatic flair. He also bowled over people of Nepal and Bhutan on his recent trip to the countries.

Modi also took hard decision when he cancelled foreign secretary level talk with Pakistan for defying not to bonhomie with Kashmiri separatist diktat.

Prime minister is currently on five day Japan visit where both Modi and Japanese Premier Shinzo Abe have vowed to elevate strategic ties between two countries.

Huge boost for infrastructural growth- Japan to provide USD 35 billion

During first foreign visit outside South Asia, both Modi and Abe struck a special cord in their relationship. Though Modi had visited Japan twice as Gujarat Chief Minister, but as a Prime Minister it is his first visit. And the way Modi has scored is surely a matter of envy for his predecessors.

Abe announced that japan will invest USD 34 billion over the next five years in India which is a record by any foreign country. But then Modi has this magic of making thing happen.

This huge sum of money which comes around Rs 2,10,000 crore, under the aegis of India-Japan Investment Promotion Partnership will be spend on various projects including infrastructure, building of smart cities in India and.

Various other projects like various transport systems, Smart Cities, rejuvenation of the Ganga and other rivers, manufacturing sector, skill development, and rural development will be financed by this fund under the public and private projects.

Japanese premier also said that within five years of time, the number of Japanese firm operating currently in India will be doubled. Apart from that Japan also assured India that they will provide them all possible help including financial, technical and operational support in establishing bullet network in country which is a dream project for Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Pledged to cooperate on regional challenges

Underscoring the fact that strong partnership between both countries is vital not only for a prosperous future for India and japan but it is also essential for maintaining stability and peace in South Asia.

"A successful India and a successful Japan will be of benefit to both countries. Even more, the relationship will be a force of peace, stability and prosperity in Asia and the world," Modi said.

Talking about making bilateral relation further stronger by increasing cooperation in social and economic field, the Joint statement as quoted by PTI said, "The two Prime Ministers decided to draw on the strength of their two countries' to build a strong partnership to promote economic and social development, capacity-building and infrastructure development in other interested countries and regions".

Modi promised speedy clearances for Japanese investors

With the motive to bring investment in the country which is currently need of the hour, Prime Minister Narendra Modi wooed Japanese investors and told them that his Government will do all possible things for speedy clearances in that direction. To facilitate investment, he talked about establishing a decision-making team under PMO.

Assuring Japanese businessmen communities about delay in getting business clearances, Modi said, "I have decided a Japan-plus Special Management Team directly under the PMO to absolutely facilitate proposals from Japan. I also propose that you nominate two people from Japan who would be made part of a team which looks into business proposals and they can be permanently part of our decision-making".

No nuclear deal but positive talk on the front

Though, no breakthrough happened on this front, but both Abe and Modi exuded confidence that civilian nuclear deal will be agrred upon soon.

"We have discussed this issue at length and reached better understanding of each other's positions. We have agreed to instruct our negotiators to work expeditiously to conclude the negotiations at an early date so that we can further strengthen our strategic partnership", joint press briefing said.

Japan also gave good gesture on the front by removing six Indian space and defence-related entities from its end user list.

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