The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's recent visit to Saudi Arabia and U.A.E, is being celebrated profoundly and has of course paved a new way for the Indo-Arab bilateral relationships. However, things are to be viewed in much more pragmatic way so as to bring about a better change to the current situation that prevails within and beyond the Indian diaspora.
''Looking West" and "Looking East" has become a global trend among the Developing countries of the world these days which includes India as well as Saudi Arabia. Checking back, Saudi Arabia had been on a better form with India on bilateral relationships. The trade relations between the two countries do exist since 1000 AD, however the strategic relationship started profoundly since 1955 apropos the "5 Principle Peace Treaty of co-existence" in cognizant with the Non-Alignment Movement during the times of Nehru. Appreciable steps were taken by former Indian PM Dr. Manmohan Singh so as to keep the country which can be considered as one among the major shareholders of the Indian FDI ventures within the circle. Now, again it is appreciable that Modi has tried to enhance the bond further.
Narendra Modi's recent visit to Saudi Arabia should never be seen as a mere trip since India has already tied a knot with Tel-Aviv, making a point in history that could create irritation among few Arab countries for sure. Strings are to be coordinated well to avoid further misunderstandings and Modi's visit to Saudi can be helpful in that way too.
Stronger and strategic relationships with Saudi Arabia is essential in every aspects from Oil trades, investments, IT to that of curbing the IS threats and other ill-wills which India had to face in Yemen, where Saudi Arabia can do the role of a mediator or further act as an 'angel' at times, say no wonder it is just helpful if we could keep a positive vibe with a nation which has got a commanding voice on the 'Sunnis' which will be crucial in the coming years.
In the case of U.A.E, again it is a point to think why did we not make a visit to a nation which constitutes a working Indian population just more than that of the whole Parsi community in India, since 34 years!? Great that at least certain things are better to be done late, than never! However, from a critic's point of view, U.A.E. could just remain as little more to the concept of 'El-Dorado' if no plausible steps as for them do rise from the Indian Govt. in the form of the proposed GST bill, which should be made into action as soon as possible.
Let us hope that things are going fine overseas and now we should do well within Parliaments on that part so as to take it further. This is a subject to be considered and discussed apolitically.
The boosting up of Modi's visit to the middle east in the name of a Hindu Temple, is merely out of fact since much things are happening within the International visit which are to be hyped more. It is time to start thinking above political egos so as to bring about prominent changes within the lives of NRIs and take the Indian economy to the next level.
- Rahul Sharma