In his first interview to the Indian media after he became PM, Modi spoke to Editor-in-Chief Sanjoy Narayan and Executive Editor Shishir Gupta. Modi said the three countries were major economies and had great relevance to the development and growth process of India. “I expect my visit to be helpful in advancing our Make in India initiative. The free trade agreement discussions are ongoing and would be reflected in my meetings.”
Modi met with journalists at a press conference before his 9-day 3-nation tour of France, Germany and Canada that begins today.
All publications have carried news of PM’s agenda for the tour. However, only Hindustan Times was able to get an exclusive interaction with the Prime Minister in which he shared his views on various topics ranging from Kashmir, to Northeast, to business in the Country.
On troubles faced by the PDP-BJP alliance in Kashmir, he said, “I myself and my party have made our stand very clear that any lenience towards anti-national elements and terrorists will not be acceptable.However, we should not forget the larger picture. The alliance in Jammu and Kashmir is one of the most important developments on the contemporary political scene.”
On resuming talks with Islamabad, he stated that, “Peace can only thrive when the climate is right. We remain open to bilateral dialogue with Pakistan on all outstanding issues in an environment free from terrorism and violence.”
When asked about his take on the Delhi Polls, he said, “We respect the verdict of the people of Delhi. However, I find it amusing to hear that those who did not talk about a 'Modi wave' in the context of the outcome of the 2014 general elections are now engaged in intense discussion regarding the 'Modi wave'.”