• Tuesday, June 18, 2024

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‘Indian Americans support third term for Modi’

Narendra Modi displays his inked marked finger after casting his ballot at a polling booth at Ranip, Ahmedabad on May 7, 2024. (Photo by SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP via Getty Images)

By: Pramod Thomas

MAJORITY of Indian Americans favour a third term for prime minister Narendra Modi as his government’s policies are transforming India, an influential community leader has said.

Indians are part of the deep economic growth of the US and they’ve been working hard to contribute to the economic growth, Indian American Democratic fundraiser Ajay Jain Bhutoria said, underling that when they see similar economic growth happening back in India, they feel very proud of it.

“I think the majority of Indian Americans want prime minister Modi to come back. It’s a sense of pride for them that when India shines, they shine,” said Bhutoria.

“They feel proud that India is rising, India is growing. India has been growing at almost a much faster rate of economic growth, six to seven per cent. When I’m reading the statistics, it says that it’ll overtake Japan by the end of this year to become the fourth largest economy. And maybe by 2027, India would be the third largest economy behind the US and China.”

Observing that a majority of Indian Americans favour Modi for a third term, Bhutoria said the government’s policies are transforming India, whether in commerce or small businesses or large businesses railways development or road infrastructure.

Ajay Jain Bhutoria

“So continue this growth, I think it’s important that the community rightfully feels that Modi and his team should be reelected and India should continue on the success story,” he said.

People in India, he observed, are doing more cashless transactions than the US or many European countries combined. People have access to health insurance. People have access to better life insurance, he added.

Bhutoria said, “Prime minister Modi…has been very good in reaching out and connecting with the diaspora, whether it was in 2014 or 2019 or recently in 2023 when President Biden hosted the state dinner, there were over 4,500 Indian Americans in the South Lawn of the White House. They loved being there and the respect India received as a global leader.”

“This whole community is so emotionally connected with India. The people who have come from India, they’re very much more emotionally connected than the second generation who has been born here. When they see the economic growth of India, when they see the development of rural India when they see that the security of India has improved in the last 10 years…the current Modi government has eliminated the terrorist threats or incidents of terrorism happening in the country.”


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