Modi Faces Sea of Expectations from Diaspora, India-Watchers

Tuesday, 27 May 2014, 10:05 Hrs
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NEW DELHI:  With Narendra Modi taking over as prime minister, a host of expectations, recommendations and advice is pouring in for the BJP leader from overseas Indians.

Balesh Dhankhar, president of Overseas Friends of BJP' Australia chapter, says Modi's stunning victory had given the Indian diaspora "a hope of reforms".

"With Modi coming to power, many Indians including me have started the process of returning to India to contribute towards India's progress," Dhankhar told IANS in an email interview.

"We expect the BJP government to revitalize Indian culture and education system, crippled by mindless borrowing of Western systems.

"Whereas countries like Japan, (South) Korea, China stand strong on their own philosophy, tradition, and languages, they excel in development and modernization for that reason only.... We expect Modi to review the Indian traditional education system," he added.

Indian-origin Kenyan banker Hiten Vaya says he wants Modi to use the vast potential India has in its youth to drive the country forward by creating jobs and opportunities for youngsters.

"This is a chance for India to really assert herself on the world stage in all spheres," he said. Vaya, however, had a note of caution for Modi, who is widely seen in India and abroad as a Hindu hardliner.

"I don't want him to get sidetracked by jingoism or do anything under Hindu nationalists' pressure which may tarnish his name... Modi is known as pro-development and pro-business. Let that be his strong point and legacy."

Not all in the Indian diaspora are fans of Modi or enthused by the Bharatiya Janata Party's runaway victory that has made it the first party in three decades to achieve a single-party majority in parliament.

Source: IANS
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