In November 2019, India had to take a tough decision to sign a very large free trade agreement - the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), to open its market to countries like China, Australia, and Japan. Potential policy-makers of the future (some of them now seeking to repeal agrarian reform laws) were seeking to open up India's markets for agricultural produce (including dairy products), such as New Zealand, Malaysia and Japan Imported from all countries.
This decision would have impoverished Indian farmers. Keeping India's interest at the top, the Prime Minister took a drastic decision to pull out of the RCEP talks. It was a sensible decision taken at the right time - now, while other countries are rethinking their dependence on China, India has gone much further, and
Its efforts in the manufacturing sector, especially in the electronics and industrial sectors, are paying off. We are finally close to becoming China's alternative in the manufacturing sector
Have been This episode is a lesson in what difficult environment India and its strong leadership have to face to implement their policies, no matter how good the benefits of development are. As the trend showed in the past few weeks, rational reforms by strong leadership to advance India's interests also faced criticism from abroad.
Similarly, in October 2018, India faced an important decision to sign a five billion dollar agreement with Russia to buy five units of the S-400 air defense missile system - the then US government warned India If this agreement is reached, then it will be banned under the law facing America's enemies. This was not a blatant threat - in 2017 Turkey signed a $ 2.5 billion deal for Russian missiles; As a result, he was suspended from the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program, and the purchase of the aircraft was banned. This time too, there was a clear glimpse of the Prime Minister's dilemma about India's defense - India moved forward on this agreement.
Moving on to the Rafale Agreement, given the recent unrest on the border with China, proved to be a timely purchase, and will help us maintain our traditional balance of power. In 2019, again with the same spirit, the current government, led by the Prime Minister, demonstrated India's defense capability by successfully destroying a microsat-R satellite in the Anti-Satellite Test (ASAT) with the help of the Earth Delivery Vehicle Mark-II Interceptor. . India is now a recognized space power in the military sense. Recently, India is one of the few countries that offered help to others — be it medicines, PPE kits, or the much-needed vaccine, despite their own challenges in the Kovid-19 epidemic.
India is the first country to offer vaccines to third world countries - even Pakistan is getting the vaccine indirectly from us. All this is largely the result of a plan to encourage and support our domestic vaccine manufacturers to increase production under the leadership of the Prime Minister early last year. This results in a reversal of global trends - by a country like Bhutan vaccinating its entire population much earlier than a developed country like Canada (which has ordered vaccines to cover six times its population). are supposed to.
This vision is also visible in cases of internal security. Many people from inside the country and from other countries criticized the abolition of Article 370, but the move brought great success in eliminating terrorists (more than 200 in 2020) with the able vision of the Union Home Minister. Islamic terrorism has been wiped out of India in the last few years, since 2016 there have been no major terrorist attacks in civilian areas (except Kashmir). Meanwhile, on the initiative of the Ministry of Home Affairs, the NIA uncovered several Islamic State units operating in India - about 17 terrorists were arrested in December 2019, thwarting plans to build bases in the jungles of Karnataka and Kerala.
Naxalism was a term that was always a headache for policymakers before 2016, now it has disappeared from most parts of India with the decline in Naxal activities. Andhra Pradesh, formerly the hotspot of Naxalism, saw a significant reduction in Naxalite activities due to local police action and better leadership after the Center gave additional resources. Since 2014, a series of counter-terrorism operations were carried out in Jharkhand, which reduced Maoist violence. Naxalite violence has been reduced to about 30 districts (mainly a triangular area bordering the affected states). Even in the Northeast, there has been a sharp decline in insurgency and a large number of developmental initiatives under the guidance of the PMO and the Ministry of Home Affairs have enabled better integration of the region with India.
Strong leadership that moves towards securing India's interests will naturally be criticized as well. Good leaders welcome coherent criticisms while ignoring prophets of meaningless mayhem. We have a leadership that puts India's interest at the forefront.