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In pictures and video: UK envoy James Bevan meets Narendra Modi


Gandhinagar, 22 October 2012

The British High Commissioner to India, James Bevan is in Gujarat today. Bevan reached Gandhinagar to meet Chief Minister Narendra Modi at around 11.00 am. His meeting with the Chief Minister continued for about an hour.

Both leaders discussed the strengthening of relations between Gujarat and United Kingdom. During the interaction, the High Commissioner was presented with a Rogan Painting, a 2000 year old cultural tradition of the Kutch region. The painting was made by Muslim artists from Kutch. Sir Bevan was presented with a shawl and a copy of Shri Modi’s book ‘Convenient Action’ that talks about how Gujarat has been tackling the menace of climate change.

Sir Bevan spoke about Gujarat’s development and strengthening ties between Gujarat and UK in economic, education, social and diplomatic fronts. Considering the large number of members of the Gujarati community in UK, Shri Modi raised the possibility of setting up an office of Deputy High Commissioner in Ahmedabad.

The Chief Minister mentioned that every year large number of students from India including Gujarat go to UK for their higher studies but some of them attend bogus colleges that are facing investigation by British Government. In the light on this, Shri Modi asked that Britain organize seminars in different cities of Gujarat and provide guidance on good colleges in the UK.

Shri Modi spoke about the opportunities for British companies in the development journey of Gujarat especially in port development and GIFT city. He also spoke about support from Britain’s state of the art technology in the field of climate change. Sir Bevan accepted an invitation to send a high level delegation from Britain to participate in the Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors Summit in 2013.

On behalf of the people of Gujarat, Shri Modi congratulated Sir Bevan on the Diamond Jubilee celebration of Queen Elizabeth II and congratulated Sir Bevan for the awards he has been honored with from the British Government.

Those present during the meeting included ACS Mr. Varun Maira, ACS Mr. SK Nanda, Principal Secretary (Industries) Mr. Maheshwar Sahu, Additional Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Mr. GC Murmu and Secretary to the Chief Minister Mr. AK Sharma.

Today’s meeting marks resumption of ties between UK and Gujarat post 2002 riots.

Earlier this month, Britain’s Minister of State for the Foreign Office Hugo Swire had asked Bevan to visit Gujarat and meet Modi to discuss a “wide range of issues of mutual interests”, the British foreign office said in a statement.

Post-Godhra riots in which three Gujarat-origin British nationals were killed, the UK took a policy decision not to actively engage with Gujarat. Modi, since 2003, has not visited Britain.


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  1. Dr. Parth Mehta says:

    There is no need to show lot of happiness with this decision by UK. Modi should just go on with his routine business and should not try to get a political mileage out of this himself. He should let other BJP people talk about this if he really wants to highlight UK’s endorsement.

    Modi’s attitude so far has been that he does not really care for UK or US visas and he should just carry on with his routine work with the same attitude. UK has come today. US and other EU countries may resume ties in future and Modi should just treat it as a routine business. Modi does not need certificates of morality and integrity from anybody. People of Gujarat know who is good and who is bad for the state.

    People will respect Modi even more if he just ignores the media hype that comes with this UK endorsement. If Modi can avoid thumping his chest and avoid publicizing this endorsement from UK, he will emerge as a far bigger nationalist in the eyes of Indian people. It will give a very clear message to the people in India that Modi really does not care about any certificates issued from Foreign countries and does not have a slave mentality.

    The message should be clear abd that is, “If somebody wants to do a legitimate business and investment in Gujarat, they are welcome regardless of who they are and that Modi doesn’t care about any certificates issued by any foreign country to him and his Government. People of Gujarat and India are the final authority to judge his work. No other country’s opinion matters. It is high time that we firmly reject the certificates, points, scores etc. issued by these countries to our country and the Government. They don’t have any authority to judge us. Period.”

    • Dent says:

      Doctor, why dont you become happy. Its not about modi, its about gujarati people business ties and government partnership about project.I agree that he doesnt care about us/uk, but the world is not actually working like that. You must need harmonious relationship to other country in 21st century. It is modi;s win. Congrats to modiji and slap to those pseudo secularist.

      • KENT says:

        @ DENT, We agree to disagree…GUJARATI people are smart yes but SOMEONEs direction needed and Mr. MODIJI provided the direction…

        YES, YOU do need harmonious relationship with other countries but have to to become extremely careful…. IN my mind I think that EAST INDIA COMPANY came to nation to do business and kept us slaves for hundre4ds of years… TODAY they have made us slaves of different kind….

        I would not trust BRITISH, EUROPEANS or AMERICANS too , THEIR intents are always selfish…
        NO OFFENSE to anyone, WE agree to disagree,.,..JAY HIND..

    • Shreeharsha says:

      I agree with you your views here. History of UK is full of Human Blood stains. UK/Europeans & US preahing Modiji about Morality & Integrity to Human values is like ” Carnivorous Animal Preaching great values of AHIMSA ( Non Violence)”

    • shakti says:

      You are 100% on the ball and said it what is the truth. Hope everybody understands this.

  2. mahak says:

    ” Neither I have applied for VISA nor I want to but one thing I defintely want and that is to create that India for getting the VISA of which Whole World stand in que ”

    these were the words of Modi Ji when once asked by Journalist Prabhu Chawla regarding this VISA issue and these words r becoming true day by day

    Salute to NAMO & now everything is on the shoulders of u my gujrati brothers & sisters because india’s fate is now in ur hands in this election of gujarat, not just india but the whole world is watching this gujarat election with a cloase eyes

  3. BAPTY.S says:

    I APPRECIATE ABOVE COMMENTS.,& PL MAY I ADD, WHILE SHRI MODIJI NEED NOT GO OVERBOARD ON THESE OVERTURES MADE BY U.K GOVT ,HE ALSO NEED NOT IGNORE IT, BUT GIVE IT JUST THE MERIT IT DESERVES.THE LOVE & AFFECTION & RESPECT GIVEN TO HIM BU JIS OWN PEOPLE OF GUJARAT & AROUND THE WORLD IS MOST IMPORTANT.

    NOW WHEN BIG COUNTRIES REALISE THE WORTH & CHANGE IN POLITICAL SCENARIO, THEY WILL ALL FOLLOW SUIT LIKE U.K. THEY ARE ALL OFCOURSE AFTER BIZ IN GUJARAT & PERHAPS LATER ON WITH INDIA.

  4. nitesh7 says:

    if you see the picture in which Mr.James Bevan is Meeting Mr. Modi, he has genuine smile on his face. I mean some positive feelings. But If you see his face while meeting Modhwadia, you can notice complete reverse. He feels like he is wasting time and doing something he didnt like.

    I am just putting here what I observed!

  5. Rupen says:

    For the most part, I agree with Dr. Parth Mehta’s comment. One thing is not agreeable is Mr. Modi can have slave mentality… No Way…!!! However, people with slave mentality may misjudge his behavior and actions unfairly and Mr. Modi should be aware of this. However, Mr. Modi is engaging with UK with the hope of benefits of Gujaratis (and Indians) in UK and Gujaratis in Gujarat.

    As far as the Gujaratis and Indians in UK, Mr. Modi’s engagement is unavoidable. But, I am in the opinion that for Gujarati’s in Gujarat Mr. Modi will be better of by avoiding or minimizing involvement with UK.

    See how careful his interview not to give any credential/respect to Mr. Modi or his government but still wanting Mr. Modi to open door for them to enjoy Gujarat’s prosperity. I think the picture given to him shows pink colored “Closed Door” is rightful. “Politely NO”.

    @ Nilesh and Mahak,

    The first time I would appreciate Modhwadia’s gift. Modhwadia gave him a picture of Gandhiji.
    That’s enough them to remind what they have lost in past… and possibly shock to their hidden intentions (if any) in Gujarat.

    Jai Hind.

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