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November 20, 2017

Modi in France: Low key dreams and drools over juicy military and nuclear contracts


Jamsheed Rizwani

 Prime Minister Narendra Modi being welcomed on his arrival at Paris Orly International Airport, in France on April 09, 2015.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi being welcomed on his arrival at Paris Orly International Airport, in France on April 09, 2015.

Paris: Namo comes to the land of liberty equality and fraternity…..with his MAKE IN INDIA sales pitch…. The European Union and France have not really forgotten the 2002 Gujarat riots… But as usual in such encounters, it will be more a nation to nation economic driven dialogue than a celebration of political affinity.

France has been and will always be a steadfast supporter of Indian dreams of acquiring permanent Security Council membership…..France will always facitlitate Indian arms purchases and nuclear co-operation. In this, France is a dependable strategic partner compared to other western states. At the same time, it will raise its voice whenever there are human rights violations and attacks on the minorities.

With more and more institutional and public scrutiny over transfer of technology and commercial deals, French business will be treading a difficult path to sign up Indian partners for MAKE IN INDIA.

India is still is’nt all that business friendlly in spite of all the promises given…… though it is moving in the right direction…. slowly and steadily… We are not sure that juicy contracts will be signed during the visit…. but we can be optimistic that they will eventually be signed……

 

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