The developmental plan of Prime Minister Narendra Modi reflected in his poll slogan of “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas” is a great vision, US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday on the eve of his departure to India.
Mr Kerry will be in New Delhi this week to co-chair the fifth annual India-US Strategic Dialogue with his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj.
In praise of PM Modi’s developmental agenda, encompassing inclusive growth, Mr Kerry in a foreign policy speech on India said that the US is ready to be a partner with the new Indian government in its endeavour.
“The new Indian government’s plan, ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’, together with all, development for all – that’s a concept, a vision that we want to support. We believe it’s a great vision, and our private sector is eager to be a catalyst in India’s economic revitalisation,” he said in his address to a Washington audience at an event held by the Center for American Progress, a top US think tank.
“American companies lead in exactly the key sectors where India wants to grow: in high-end manufacturing, in infrastructure, in healthcare, information technology, all of them vital to sort of leapfrogging stages of development so you can provide more faster to more people,” he said.
India also wants to build a more competitive workforce, and already 100,000 Indians study each year in American universities, he said, adding that the US community colleges actually set a remarkable standard for 21st century skills training.
“We should be expanding our educational ties across the board, increasing opportunities for young people in both of our nations. I know Prime Minister Modi drew from that energy of India’s youth during his campaign. He repeatedly pointed out that while India’s one of the world’s oldest civilisations, it has the world’s youngest population,” he said. “Prime Minister Modi has said that young people have a natural instinct to rise like a flame. And he has spoken about India’s duty to nurture that instinct, and we believe, frankly, that’s a duty for both of our nations.”
“And that means strengthening the exchange in technical education, in vocational programs for high-skilled trades, and especially in areas where we can build on the entrepreneurial and innovative spirit of both of our nations,” he said, adding that everyone knows about the extraordinary work ethic that people in India have and the capacity to be able to do this and seize this opportunity.”