India was used to passive leaders at the helm of affairs who sacrificed the national interest and pride and the arrival of Modi on the scene heralded in a refreshing change. In less than two months since taking office, he traveled to Nepal, Bhutan, BRICS Summit and now he is ready to engage Japanese leadership for fruitful cooperation. He is a leader with a clear vision and commitment to enhance the image of India. Agnihotri said realizing the importance of BRICS, Modi ensured that India is at the top of the BRICS banking system of the group and thus plays a pivotal role in shaping the policies in the years to come.
The US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has said that India will shape the destiny of 21st Century and he said this while keeping Modi's leadership in mind. India will play global leadership role and a small beginning was made on May 26 when he decided to invite the entire leadership of South Asian countries to witness his swearing-in ceremony. Those leaders by now are aware of his potential power and commitment to peace and harmony, Agnihotri said.
The US needs India more than ever now being the largest democracy and strategic partner than the contrary. However, Modi is sending the message that he is neither pro-US nor pro-Russia but pro-India and would negotiate from the position of strength. America should work with India now and the US administration needs to engage Modi, he said.
Dr Bhupendra Kumar Modi, chairman of Global Citizens Forum in his address, said that Modi has changed the demography of India. He has given India its rightful place. He is a true global citizen with nationalism in his heart. Dr Dinesh Agarwal, a leading Indian-American scientist and a leader of Overseas Friends of Bharatiya Janata Party (OFBJP) recently visited India where he met with BJP leaders and many key Cabinet Ministers. He said Modi’s government-in-action is crystallizing a new India.