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It's time for PM Narendra Modi to act on promises made in US

One of the most important items on the PM's agenda, as agreed by him and Obama in the joint statement, is dismantling terror and criminal networks.

Saurabh Shukla   Washington     Last Updated: October 2, 2014  | 12:00 IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi (Photo: Reuters)

The show in the US is over and it's time for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to get into action. As he left for India, Modi thanked America for what he said was a "highly successful and satisfactory trip" to the country that had refused him visa earlier. His US tour, in fact, has come as a shot in the arm for a sleeping Indian diplomatic establishment that had to keep up with the feverish pace of the prime minister.

The diplomats had to work round the clock to organise the PM's meetings with a host of top American leaders like the Clintons, and businessmen, including CEOs of Fortune 500 companies. In all, he met more than 50 top US lawmakers and three governors, including South Carolina's Nikki Haley.

According to a prominent US journalist, Modi wore around 37 different attires during his five-day trip, but definitely left a mark of being an energetic leader who has a lot of promises and wants to play a prominent global role.

Now, it is time for Modi to deliver on his promises. In a joint editorial in The Washington Post-titled 'A Renewed US-India Partnership for the 21st Century'-Modi and US President Barack Obama had said the two countries want to move forward together for a better world. "Chalein Saath Saath," was key to bilateral ties between the US and India, they said. The two world leaders said India and America could ensure world peace by working hand-in-hand.

FULL COVERAGE:PM Narendra Modi in US

One of the most important items on the PM's agenda, as agreed by him and Obama in the joint statement, is dismantling terror and criminal networks like Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Jaish-e-Mohammed, al Qaeda, Haqqani network and Dcompany. For this to happen, the PM will have to come up with an action plan and ask National Security Adviser Ajit Doval to wear his operational gloves.

Doval will have to form a crack team of officials specialising in counter-terrorism as part of the government's security plan. If he manages to catch some of the big fish, Modi's rating as a leader who cares for people will surge both in India and across the globe. Also, this will help Obama earn brownie points ahead of the 2016 US presidential elections.

The action announced by the US treasury against the Harakat ul-Mujahidin and the LeT financial support networks is a first step in this direction.

Trade pacts can be another India-US unifier. Though the bilateral investment treaty is still stuck in bureaucratic wrangling, what is important is that the business honchos from both the US and India should build a relationship that can boost trade between both the countries.

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