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China should shed expansionist mindset: Modi

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BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi wears a traditional headgear of Adi tribes and holds an traditional Adi
The Hindu BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi wears a traditional headgear of Adi tribes and holds an traditional Adi "Dao" before addressing a rally in Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh on Saturday. Photo: Ritu Raj Konwar

Wading into a foreign policy issue for the first time, Narendra Modi on Saturday asked China to shed its “expansionist mindset”, making it clear that no power on earth can snatch Arunachal Pradesh from India.

“China should shed its expansionist policy and forge bilateral ties with India for peace, progress and prosperity of both the nations,” the BJP prime ministerial candidate said addressing a meeting in Pasighat in his current election campaign.

“Arunachal Pradesh is an integral part of India and will always remain so. No power can snatch it from us. People of Arunachal Pradesh didn’t come under pressure or fear of China,” he said.

“I swear in the name of this soil that I will never allow the state to disappear...breakdown and to bow down,” Mr. Modi said to a thunderous applause from people gathered near the mighty Siang River.

He said China should shed its expansionist mindset because the world of today does not accept it. The entire world is moving towards development, he said.

“China needs to change its stand. China should shed its expansionist mindset and adopt the plank of development. Focus is on the development all over the world,” the Gujarat Chief Minister said.

Lauding the patriotic nature of the people, Mr. Modi said that because of the people, who were guarding the state as well as the country as sentinels, Arunachal remained an integral part of the country.

“The people here are real patriots as they salute their counterparts with ‘Jai Hind’ and are zealously protecting the state’s territory..... They gave a befitting reply to the advancing Chinese army during 1962 and the British and several army personnel from the state also fought with Pakistan during the Kargil war,” he said.

While directly referring to the January 29 murder of Arunachal Pradesh youth Nido Tania in Delhi, Mr. Modi cautioned the UPA government against underestimating the people of the state and added that it was the duty of the entire nation to protect the people and the state’s territorial integrity.

Elaborating on BJP’s mantra for development of the Northeast, Modi pitched for the ‘3H’ model of growth for Arunachal Pradesh. “H -- Herbal, Horticulture and Handicrafts.

These 3Hs can give lot of opportunities to the people here,” Mr. Modi said.

“Arunachal can be the world environment capital. It is no less than Switzerland,” he said.

Making a scathing attack on Congress governments both at the Centre as well as in the state for their failure in meeting the aspirations of the people, he said, “Neither dynasty nor casteism will benefit the country. Country will be benefited from development and 2014 elections will be fought on the development plank.”

He also said that Congress government at the Centre does not listen to its own government in Arunacahal Pradesh.

Referring to the killing of Tania, Mr. Modi said, “You need a government which is sensitive to the problems of every part of the country. The state does not have any opportunity in education or employment to offer the youth.”

“There were special provisions in the budget for the development of northeast and Sikkim during A.B. Vajpayeeji’s time,” he said, adding “lotus will again bloom in the region.”

Making an attempt to bond with the state, he said, “I come from Gujarat, a land that has very old and close relations with Arunachal Pradesh. The relation between Gujarat and Arunachal Pradesh brings the eastern and western part of our country together.”

He also said that the “first rays of the Sun bless this land. Arunachal Pradesh wakes up first and then the rest of India rises. The final rays of the sun set in Gujarat and tell us, we

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His speech in Arunachal is fiery and straight from the heart and he can be counted on
fulfilling his assurances. He is assertive in his policy towards China and cautions her on her
attitude of expansionism and that in the present global scenario of coexistence and
synergistic development such postures have no place. The track record of NaMo is one of
need based flexible but firm policies, whether in the process of development or in
governance. His track record shows he ignored ruthlessly sentiments of different communal
overtures when dealing with situations impartially. He had been decisive in his governance
that have made Gujarat what it is, corruption free, peaceful, all round development, surplus
in energy and water.The need of the hour is a strong competent PM with zero tolerance for
corruption; the Congress had failed and the armchair activists turned politicians have
exposed their incompetence in running a government. Now it is the electorate's choice to
cast their own destiny.

from:  M.R.Sampath
Posted on: Feb 23, 2014 at 10:51 IST

Always "the Hindu" the gives a indirect speech reporting of what modi said. We can find the words "he said" 100 times in the above reporting. Why don't give direct reporting of what he said in his own words.

from:  raj
Posted on: Feb 23, 2014 at 10:15 IST

The 3H model will certainly assist in the progress of the state. These
kind of policies should be developed for every state in order to
increase self reliance. We are being far too dependent on software now-
a-days. Our subcontinent has wide range of natural resources which can
be used for our development without commercializing everything at large
scales.

from:  Alex
Posted on: Feb 22, 2014 at 21:49 IST

This is a perhaps first time, candidate talks about foreign policy
issue. Very few will talk about such issue. You have to admire this man.
I think India is looking for leader. India may have found one in MR.Modi

from:  Kirit Shah
Posted on: Feb 22, 2014 at 21:27 IST

An unscrupulous opportunist, should win.

from:  Tipu Qaimkhani
Posted on: Feb 22, 2014 at 20:57 IST

India need such a strong and enthusiastic leader like Modi as PM

from:  sugumar
Posted on: Feb 22, 2014 at 20:15 IST

@murges, Arunachal is the correct place to caution arrogant China. It is a right place to hit back at China. I hope, Shree Modi has not hurt you!!

from:  C S Sundaresha
Posted on: Feb 22, 2014 at 19:58 IST

A measured tough speech by Modi sans rhetoric.Let the voters of
Arunachal assert themselves by electing Modi to Lok Sabha from
Arunachal-preferably unopposed for the sake of bipartisan solidarity
against a common threat on the border (the BJP may reciprocate elsewhere
in favour of Congress). If Modi becomes Prime Minister (as he most
likely will), the North East will have the honour of producing India's
Prime Minister consecutively for three terms. A Modi from Arunachal will
mean a no nonsense message to China. I know Modi is not the proverbial
Brahmastra but a bold decisive leader at the helm.

from:  G.Jagannathan
Posted on: Feb 22, 2014 at 18:26 IST

It is heartening to see people of India are warming up to Modi in spite of the BJP as a party
with some bad apples in it and a communal agenda it it's early life. If Modi gets an an
unassailable majority , he would clean up the party for the following election, I am fairly sure
of that. His non- centralized policies, developmental agenda, honesty in politics and
demonstrated capacity in administration would provide India with a PM, most Indians can be
proud of. India's future can be wrest assured in his hands. One can only wish for his success
and a better future for the country!

from:  Saratchandran
Posted on: Feb 22, 2014 at 18:06 IST

Did the party made such statement in Parliament ? Why street corner ?

from:  Muruges
Posted on: Feb 22, 2014 at 18:05 IST

This is an inspiring speech. China needs to heed this emerging voice
of India. The incoming government will take further the Look East
Policy initiated by the NDA a decade back. The essential part of this
policy is the rapid development of NE taking special care of its
talents and environmental specifics.. The key elements to spur growth
and trade is the linking of each one of the NE states with the others
and also with the rest of India. Why should Vivek Express take 87
hours to travel from Dibrugarh to Kanyakumari. Imagine what will be
benefit for the entire region if China behaves friendly with India and
settle all the pending border issues and ensure better relations with
the other south eastern nations. When the NE states are fully
developed its trade will ensure better transport links including
flights from Kolkatta, Gauhati and Kunming.

from:  s subramanyan
Posted on: Feb 22, 2014 at 17:55 IST

Modi deserves our salute. He is the leader who has an outstanding track record of development. Lets unite and give him a full majority in 2014.

from:  Alan
Posted on: Feb 22, 2014 at 16:59 IST

Hats off to Modi. He is the best leader, mother India has ever produced. Lets unite and grant him a full majority in 2014. All we need is a strong leader like Modi and India will certainly become "the superpower" of the world.

from:  Sanjeev K
Posted on: Feb 22, 2014 at 16:45 IST

Modi, you have started becoming my hero.... I have started feeling proud.... I hope you and BJP will not disappoint this Indian. Thank You.

from:  Santosh
Posted on: Feb 22, 2014 at 16:20 IST

Modi needs absolute majority. Otherwise the slogan shouting and under
performing government may repeat once again with different players.

from:  Bi Sivanesan
Posted on: Feb 22, 2014 at 16:16 IST

It’s a courageous statement by Mr. Modi whereas the Congress Party in
the Center had failed to show Indian strengths in many fronts.

from:  STANLY
Posted on: Feb 22, 2014 at 16:12 IST

Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi
did not mince words on the fact that Arunachal Pradesh is an integral
part of India. However, these statements are not going to convince
China, which is hell-bent on creating problems to India on this issue.
India needs highly talented diplomatic leaders at the helm to solve this
perennial issue.
from:  S.Ramakrishnasayee
Posted on: Feb 22, 2014 at 15:42 IST

Modi reflects the views of common man with regard to China and Pakistan.
Yes, China and Pakistan should be shown what India now stands for.
History shows that we don't go after nations to expand it
geographically, but can uphold the safety, integrity and protect its
borders and culture at any cost. and Modi will definitely do that,
unlike congress. He has the guts to speak and act at the same time.

from:  j narayanan
Posted on: Feb 22, 2014 at 15:40 IST

After so many decades of weak Indian leadership, hopefully Modi is emerging as a leader who can make India and Indians proud again. The weak UPA government is weak at home and abroad, hence the constant 'bullying' by Pakistan and China. India desperately needs a man of Modi's calibre to push India into the 21st century.

from:  Vipul
Posted on: Feb 22, 2014 at 15:34 IST

He has the guts to tell China to keep their hands off. Great and keep going.

With Congress, it will be wishy washy always - finally they will say we have to handle it diplomatically and not shout from every stage. We know their handling of nuclear bill, DM giving clean chit to Pak Army and saying the killing of our jawans were by non-state pak players and bungling in Devyani case recently.

from:  Suresh
Posted on: Feb 22, 2014 at 15:33 IST

Most world leaders have this important traits i.e knowing how to score points and to evade important discussion. Modi has once again demonstrated it. May be he has started following China's steps.

from:  Albedo
Posted on: Feb 22, 2014 at 15:29 IST

He couldn't take on Ambani and he talks about China.. What a joke!!

from:  John
Posted on: Feb 22, 2014 at 15:16 IST

Well said Mr. Modi.. This is what we have been waiting to listen from a
political leader of India. We have to make our stand very clear and firm
on foreign policy of our country and hostile neighbors should receive it
in positive way. India should shed its lackadaisical attitude on foreign
policy. Even a peace loving country like Bhutan does not compromise on
such issues then why should us.

from:  Navin Ojha
Posted on: Feb 22, 2014 at 15:14 IST

Coming out with a different unequivocal policy; with local touch for
development of different regions of India has become the USP of Mr.
Modi. He doesn't talk about umbrella policy for development.It also
feels to me that he has planned everything earlier like when to speak on
secularism, on development, on unity and integrity etc. We need a PM who
doesn't discriminate India on the basis of states, castes, religion etc
rather he should be involved in inclusive development as general and
different plans of development for different regions in particular.

from:  Sanjeev kp
Posted on: Feb 22, 2014 at 15:00 IST

This is the real voice of India.

from:  CDNayak
Posted on: Feb 22, 2014 at 14:43 IST

Modi .... every day , every hour , every minute ,every moment growing.Really after long gap in politics , we are seeing an able ,decisive leader with vision. india should test this leader atleast once to see the development.

from:  vels
Posted on: Feb 22, 2014 at 14:43 IST
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