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Sunday, May 18, 2014

#BDS_Fail: They get Venezuela, we get India

Meet Narenda Modi, a right-wing Hindu nationalist, who was just elected Prime Minister of India. He is strongly pro-Israel.
Modi is a Hindu nationalist and considered to be right-wing in Indian politics. Born into a poor family where he sold tea with his father as a child, he rose to prominence as the Chief Minister of Gujarat, a Western province in India. 

There he gained recognition as a charismatic leader as he reversed economic trends in the province to make it one of India's most important Industrial and financial centers.

Part of his success was due to a public relations campaign and financial incentives to encourage investment in development within Gujarat. Israel was reportedly one of Modi's greatest allies in economic progress according to the International Business Times. He has visited Israel in the past and has publicly supported it.

Modi came to power as leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which has supported his close political and financial ties with Israel, who invested billions of dollars in Gujarat during Modi's time as its leader.

In the latter half of 2013, agreements were signed with Israeli company Tower Semiconductor and a Swiss company to open two semiconductor fabrication plants (one of which would be in Gujarat) at a cost of $10.4 billion.

The two plants are projected to create 22,000 jobs. Indian consumption of the semiconductor products for electronic chips to be made at the plants is due to rise from $7 billion in 2014 to $55 billion in 2020, paving the way for investment in additional plants.
"Gujarat is a business-oriented state and this (memorandum of understanding) will help both Israeli and Gujarat-based companies in developing and strengthening the industrial relationship," said Israel's Consul General in Mumbai, Jonathan Miller, to Israel National News.
"Our focus is on increasing research ties with Gujarat. Israel is keen to increase research and development and cultural ties with Gujarat," said Miller who also added that a free-trade agreement may be on the horizon for the two countries.
Miller also spoke on Indian TV to discuss Israeli involvement in agricultural projects. "Israel is a world leader in advanced agriculture technologies. Israel's success lies in the determination and ingenuity of farmers and scientists and in the close cooperation between R&D and industry," said Miller.


Yet, it isn't only for financial gain that Israel finds itself naturally partnered with Modi's BJP. Anti-Pakistan and anti-Islamic rhetoric from BJP officials over the years has drawn India closer to Israel politically and ideologically as they also search for ways to cooperate in fighting terrorism.

The National security adviser from a previous BJP government said in Washington that India, Israel, and the US must, "jointly face the same ugly face of modern-day terrorism." The comments came in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York City and preceded the first state visit from an Israeli Prime Minister to India.

The US and the Europeans don't particularly care for Modi. While he was Chief Minister of Gujarat, they denied him visas because they felt he didn't do enough to stop Muslim on Hindu rioting. 

Sounds like just the kind of ally we need these days. How did our Leftist foreign ministry ever let this happen?

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