In an exclusive interview with Republic TV, Consul General Sandeep Chakravorty, head of India's diplomatic mission in New York, offered insights on PM Modi and his New York trip. He delved into the diplomatic relations that PM Modi has fostered and where India stands on an international footing.
Speaking about the reactions and acclaim PM Modi has been receiving in his various engagements on the trip, Consul General Sandeep Chakravorty says the current situation is almost unheard of.
Commenting on US President Donald Trump and PM Modi sharing the stage in Houston, he said, "You could not visualize any two leaders of the world, meeting together in such a state. Meeting of the oldest democracy and meeting of the largest democracy. There was poetic justice. A lot of things came together, it was a lot of convergence."
Sandeep Chakravorty also commented on how the US president showed up at the UN Climate Action Summit, irrespective of his stance towards climate change, to listen to PM Modi speaking.
He said, "The world realised and he (Trump) also realised how important India is for the future world. The SDGs (sustainable development goals) will only succeed if India succeeds. The climate change will be challenged and mitigated only when India or china does it. I think that realization is deep amongst all world leaders that India has to succeed. If India succeeds in sanitation, the world will be a cleaner place. No wonder why the PM will be getting the Bill and Melinda gates award. I think on every front, India has to perform and succeed and the world succeeds. So I think that is the message which we are hearing."
He continued further by saying that even the External Affairs Minister today at the Asia Society was saying the same thing. "India needs to succeed."
The Consul General further elucidated the importance of getting a message across that India has changed. He mentioned that there has been a great deal of grassroots transformation within the country and the benefits of its development and its outreach programs have been recognized and received well abroad.
Elaborating on the fact that every leader in New York wants to meet PM Modi, Sandeep Chakravorty said, "The range of meetings the PM is having, for climate change, for violent extremism, along with bilateral meetings and plurilateral meetings, India has engagement with every country in the world. That is what was lacking in the past. Today, our international footprint is very strong, our diplomatic outreach is very strong and I think that has been led from the top."
He also said that in the PM's first administration, he conducted an herculean task of reaching out to the world and connecting with world leaders, because of which the country is in a good position to reap the benefits of what was sowed.
Speaking on the fact that when President Trump and PM Modi meet now, the event will impact the world, he said, "Yesterday, both, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, carried a picture of PM Modi and Trump as their cover picture. The liberal media and conservative media has coincided together and that speaks volume. "A picture speaks louder than words and these 2 pictures of the leading dailies of the world say everything," Sandeep Chakravorty concluded.