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What Narendra Modi said in the US

TAP | Updated: June 26, 2017

Washington, Jun 26: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on a two-day visit to United States since Sunday. 
The Prime Minister met the top US CEOs and interacted with the Indian diaspora on the first day of his US visit. He is scheduled to meet President Donald Trump on Monday.
Ease of doing business, counter terrorism, diplomacy are some of the topics that prominently featured in his speeches.
‘Not single taint on my govt in three years’
Highlighting his achievements in rooting out corruption, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that there has been “not even one taint or blot” on his government in the past three years.
Mr. Modi said corruption was the main reason why governments in India were voted out in the past. “Indians hate corruption,” he told the nearly 600 Indian-American community members at a reception in Virginia.
‘Swaraj has given a human face to diplomacy’
The Prime Minister lauded his cabinet colleague Sushma Swaraj for giving a “human face” to diplomacy and effectively using of social media in delivering good governance.
Mr. Modi said the External Affairs Minister’s habit of promptly responding and acting on tweets by Indians in distress anywhere in the world.
“If any Indian in distress tweets from anywhere in the world to the External Affairs Ministry, even at two in the night, within 15 minutes Sushma Swaraj replies to it, the government takes prompt action and delivers results. This is good governance,” Mr. Modi said.
‘No country questioned surgical strikes’
Mr. Modi said the surgical strikes carried out across the LoC proved that India would not hesitate to take the toughest measures to defend itself, while noting that no country in the world had questioned it — an apparent swipe at Pakistan.
“When we talked of terrorism 20 years back, many in the world said it was a law and order problem and didn’t understand it. Now terrorists have explained terrorism to them so we don’t have to,” he said adding that the surgical strikes demonstrated that India, which normally follows the principle of restraint, can also defend its sovereignty and ensure its security when needed.
‘GST can be a subject of studies in US business schools’
Mr. Modi interacted with USA’s top CEOs including Google’s Sundar Pichai, Apple’s Tim Cook and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos at an event organised by US-India Business Council.
The Prime Minister highlighted economic reforms taken by his government in the past three years, emphasising the rollout of new Goods and Services Tax regime.
On GST, Mr. Modi said its implementation is a complex task that may well turn out to be “a subject of studies in US business schools.”
“This shows India can take big decisions and implement them swiftly,” he said.
‘India’s growth presents a win-win partnership for India and US both’
India’s growth presents a win-win partnership for both India and the U.S., Prime Minister Narendra Modi told a group of American CEOs. American companies have a great opportunity to contribute to that, Mr. Modi told the CEOs.
“The whole world is looking at India. 7,000 reforms alone by GOI for ease of (doing) business and minimum government, maximum governance,” Gopal Bagley, spokesman of the Ministry of External Affairs quoting the prime minister as saying. PTI