Namaste and Karibuni Kenya Prime Minister ModiJi, Point Blank with Asian Weekly 24th June 2016

24 Jun

Namaste and Karibuni Kenya Prime Minister ModiJi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi (Courtesy CDN)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi (Courtesy CDN)

When President Barack Obama became the first African-Amercian to take the highest office in the United States in 2008-2009, the world stood up and took notice. Something unprecedented was happening and there was a big change on the way. In 2014 when the Indian General Elections were taking place, a little over 6 months prior, there was a buzz about the Chief Minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi. The Indian diaspora from UK, US to Kenya had their eyes on the Bharatiya Janata Party and their leader. His election win was seen as the biggest ever and historic since 30 years of the Nehru-Gandhi party rule.

Watching him from the TV speeches and debates and reading all the work that the Prime Minister and his party are doing, a few simple things are coming to light. They have a great marketing strategy and are not leaving behind the digital media. They want to achieve progress of a first world nation as soon as possible and they want to move forward, way ahead and not look back at what has happened, lost or useless. Mr Modi has certainly charmed his nation and the global audience with his charisma, sharp words and articulated messages whenever he speaks. He knows what he wants and he will do anything to get there and he wants India to join him in whatever success they are going to get or face the failures together.

Kenya also witnessed its own political buzz when the Jubilee Government came into power in 2013. We also had a suave, smart and young representation in both H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta and our Deputy President William Ruto. This team is also transmitting a similar message, to have Kenya move forward and compete with the rest of the world, give us a big shot at winning. Thus, this historic visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Kenya will be one to watch out for. Mr Modi has already interacted with the Presidents of US, China, Afghanistan and more and filled up stadium capacity followers from Wembley to Madison Square Garden. It is now time for Kasarani Stadium to experience the magnitude of possibly the only ever Indian Prime Minister to visit Kenya since our independence.

At a time when the world is facing challenges from the War in Syria, Trade agreement changes, the closure of the refugee camps in Dadaab and Kakuma, refugees landing at the shores of Europe, including the Paris Climate Agreement this visit will hold interesting on a variety of topics. Kenya and India have both signed the Paris Climate Agreement, thus environmental and energy issues will be particularly important. How can we share solutions, learn from each other and go into partnerships that will benefit especially Kenya’s industrialization?

With the recent burning of the Ivory at the Nairobi National Park, it would be important to hear how we can further promote our tourism and protect our wildlife and make India a more strategic partner.

India is known for its vibrant entertainment industry, by this I mean everything from Bollywood, Music, Shopping, Clothes and the list goes on. Kenya should learn and make a long term alliance on how to tap this rich energy that has given immense pride and economic growth to India. We are at the cusp of our own breakthroughs in the world of culture, arts, music and entertainment so a little help and knowledge from India can take us far and wide.

While medical tourism in India continues to attract so many Kenyan patients also, I would rather see more collaborations and advancement in science and technology especially in the medical field such that the effects are felt in the rural parts of Kenya and not just urban, private wings of hospitals. This way so many more jobs are created right here at home and individuals don’t have to travel far but can get better access to affordable healthcare.

This will remain a historic visit and a productive one only if some serious partnerships, alliances, projects are signed up and effected immediately.

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