Narendra Modi will give 'economic growth' top priority; will overcome 'pain' of US visa denial: Wisner

May 20 2014, 13:26 IST
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Narendra Modi, on his knees on the steps of the Parliament building as he arrives for the BJP parliamentary party meeting on Tuesday. (AP) Narendra Modi, on his knees on the steps of the Parliament building as he arrives for the BJP parliamentary party meeting on Tuesday. (AP)
SummaryNarendra Modi is a 'pragmatist' and will not be hung up about US' denial of a visa to him: Wisner

"even if it eventually means backing some rebirth of the northern alliance if the Kabul regime can hold on."

Commenting on the economic priorities for the new government, Wisner said Modi's policies are going to be "very decisive" and his "immediate task" would be to tackle inflation.

Devesh Kapur, Associate Professor and Director of the Center for the Advanced Study of India at the University of Pennsylvania, said he expects Japan will be the country with which India's relations will be strengthened the most under Modi's leadership.

"It kills three birds with one stone," Kapur said, adding that Japan is "petrified" of China regarding the economy.

He said investments in infrastructure are on the anvil from Japan and they are exactly of the type that Modi "loves".

India and Japan may also collaborate on the issue of defence.

He noted that India's relations with the US may not "bounce back very warmly very fast" but Washington will "probably encourage" strengthening of New Delhi-Tokyo relations.

Kapur said if the India-US relations bounce back, it would be driven by American businesses rather than by the state given the "baggage" that is there.

"If the economy picks up and the US businesses get re-interested (in India), these will be the drivers of the relationship in the next year or two," Kapur said.

Kapur said he expects to see a shift in government spending from government consumption to investment.

He added that the Goods and Services Tax, the rollout of which has remained stalled for several years, could be passed under a Modi government.

Modi-led government in India will bring the faith of the people back in "governance," creating jobs for the youth and ensuring security for women, Bharatiya Janta Party's national secretary Vani Tripathi said.

"The most important thing this government would do is bring the faith back in governance. More governance, less government is the mantra," Tripathi said in her brief remarks via video link at a discussion organised by Asia Society here yesterday on the Indian elections.

She said the key agenda of the Modi-led government would be to bring the faith back in jobs, create jobs for youth and working to ensure a safe environment for women.

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