Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in an unexpected move, has requested BJP leaders to address him simply as 'Modi' instead of the more formal 'Modi Ji'. The request was made during a meeting of the BJP's parliamentary party conducted on Thursday. PM Modi stated that the public has a fondness for addressing him by this name and feels a connection with it.
A Connection with the People
Modi's decision stems from an understanding that the people often say 'this is Modi's guarantee', indicating a sense of trust associated with his name. He believes the name 'Modi' resonates with the public, creating a bond of trust and assurance. The Prime Minister hence suggested that BJP leaders should also use just 'Modi' when referring to him, reinforcing this connection with the people.
Shift in Modi's Foreign Policy
On a broader perspective, Narendra Modi's foreign policy has been a topic of discussion, indicating a shift towards focusing on the Asian region and more broadly trade deals. Modi's policy considers the concept of neighbourhood as widening concentric circles around a central axis of historical and cultural commonalities. India under Modi's leadership has forged close ties with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the African Union, the Arab League, and Iran.
Modi's Vision for a Developed India
The Union Budget of the Modi government for 2023-24, standing at Rs 45.03 lakh crore, aims to provide a robust foundation for a developed India. The budget focuses on inclusive development with opportunities for citizens, youth, growth, and job creation. Notably, it includes significant allocations for technology and digital solutions, infrastructure, skill development, sustainability, MSME, entrepreneurship, and the financial sector. This budget sets the tone for unleashing both human and digital potential for the country's socio-economic development.