Narendra Modi, whose diplomatic isolation has ended with the European Union breaking bread with the Gujarat Chief Minister in January, seems to be making even bigger headway in terms of global acceptance.
Modi's blog today says that the Chief Minister “interacted” with European lawmakers via Skype when they came to attend a conference in Bangalore on corporate culture and spirituality. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar was part of the interaction and apparently praised the state for its progress under Modi.
Modi’s blog tells us that he has been invited to “attend the European parliament” that will convene in November this year in Brussels. “The Parliament will be attended by representatives of over 27 nations. He (Modi) also received an invitation to attend the European Business Meet in Brussels later this year.”
The blog names the following political figures as those who interacted with Modi: “Joe Leinen (German politician from the SPD and member of the European Parliament who heads the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety in the Parliament), Nirj Deva (Member of the European Parliament and politician of Britain’s Conservative Party), Anne Marie Lizin (the Honorary President of the Belgian Senate) and Vladislav Yurchik (leader of “Communist party of Russia and Deputy of the Russian Parliament, ‘Duma’), and Valery Sargienko (Member of Siberia’s Legislative Assembly and leader of Communist Party).”
We do not yet know that Modi will indeed attend European parliament in November, but in the context of the recent meeting with European envoys in January, one can’t rule out the possibility that Modi may make a foray to Europe if the political conditions appear good at that time.
First Published On : Feb 9, 2013 16:13 IST