The UK will take up with Prime Minister Narendra Modi the warning by Moody’s Analytics that there has been a rise in ethnic tensions in India, during his visit to the UK next week, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said. Moody’s has put out and stood by a report stating that there has been a rise in ethnic tensions in India – the so-called ‘intolerance debate’ over which leading artists, writers and even film personalities have returned their national awards. Here are top 5 things to know:
1. Moody’s said that Prime Minister Modi must keep the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) members in check or risk “losing domestic and global credibility”.
2. UK Foreign Secretary said Prime Minister David Cameron would take note of the Moody’s assessment in the context of Narendra Modi’s plans for the development of the Indian economy. “We always talk about issues of mutual concern. I am sure Prime Minister Modi will have issues he will want to raise around the Indian diaspora in the UK,” Hammond said.
3. “…I am sure Prime Minister Cameron will want to ask about some of the issues mentioned (Moody’s ‘India Outlook: Searching for Potential’ report]) because they are clearly relevant to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plans for the development of the Indian economy and the opening of India to the outside world and the securing of India’s sustainable development,” he added.
4. Narendra Modi begins a three-day visit to the UK next Thursday, during which the UK government has indicated that rather than any one major announcement, there are likely to be a number of smaller and mediums projects to be unveiled.