Modi’s smart diplomacy: Unleashing lions of India in Hannover

HANNOVER: India has unleashed lions in this German city, by launching the Make in India blitz. And these lions – the motif of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Make in India mission – are roaring, enticing Europe’s economic bellwether with the promise of ease of doing business and partnering the transformation of the world’s fastest growing economy.
“The lions are a symbol of a new India. They roar; but with a message of friendship and promise of partnership, from 1.25 billion people of India,” Mr Modi told hundreds of German and Indian business titans as he jointly inaugurated the Hannover Messe 2015 with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Having gotten used to being lionised in foreign capitals, as his most recent performance in Paris showed, Mr Modi robustly held aloft the torch of the India Story and weaving a captivating narrative of the country’s ongoing transformational journey.
Cutting out florid clichés, Mr Modi dived straight into the heart of his story. His message to the German and global corporate world was: India is open for business, do more business and make in India.The German chancellor, for one, looked radiant and smiled a lot as Mr Modi spoke, indicating Berlin’s enthusiasm for optimising the India opportunity.

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