Republican presidential aspirant says itâ€™s time to emulate Modiâ€™s example and stand proudly for American national identity
Praising Narendra Modi as an “excellent” prime minister and an “outstanding leader” of India, Vivek Ramaswamy would like a US president to emulate his example and stand proudly for American national identity.
â€œI think he’s been an excellent prime minister for India. I think he has unapologetically embraced free-market capitalism,â€ Republican presidential aspirant told the American Bazaar in an interview. â€œIt’s the best system known to man to lift people up from poverty. We know that from our experience here in the United States.â€
â€œModi has been building on that experience in India, lifting people up from poverty. Regardless of their background, regardless of identity politics, India has prospered economically. GDP growth is up. I think that’s the ultimate metric of a truly successful unifying leader,â€ Ramaswamy said when asked about his assessment of Modi.
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â€œEconomic growth and prosperity is something that unites people of any nation. India is not an exception to that. So I think Modi has been an unapologetic success,â€ he said. â€œI also think that in rooting out some of the financial failures, corruption, and otherwise, we have to applaud his accomplishments.â€
â€œNo leader is perfect, but I do think that he’s been an outstanding leader of India,â€ Ramaswamy said in response to a question about the condition of minorities in India and former President Barack Obamaâ€™s suggestion to President Joe Biden to bring up the issue during his talks with Modi during his recent state visit.
â€œI think what we need in the United States and what we can learn from that experience is Modi is a leader that does not apologize for Indian national identity,â€ he said.
â€œWhat we need in the United States is a US president who stands proudly for American national identity. The current president in the White House, I do not think, meets that standard,â€ Ramaswamy said.
â€œI’m running to lead America forward to rediscover what it means to be a citizen of the United States,â€ he said. â€œModi’s done a great job of that in India, but now it’s time for someone to rise to the occasion here in the US and answer what it means to be an American.â€
Born in Cincinnati to Indian immigrant parents, Ramaswamy, 37, also advocates a stronger partnership with India saying there’s a natural alliance here. â€œI’m glad to see Modi’s visit here was successful, and, under my presidency, India will absolutely be on the list of core allies for the United States to prioritize.â€
Ramaswamy, who was present during Modiâ€™s address to a joint session of Congress during his recent state visit said, â€œI think it’s a natural alliance between the world’s two largest democracies, but also at an important time in our history as Americans.â€
Ramaswamy said he had not met Modi during his visits to India or during Modiâ€™s six visits to the US, but â€œI expect to spend time with him after I’m elected, perhaps in the lead-up to the election. We’re meeting with other serious world leaders as well.â€
â€œBut I think that the most important is going to be actually honesty and transparency in that relationship, not just the feel-good statements,â€ he said. â€œLet’s get to the nit and grit of how we can actually solidify that relationship beyond the platitudes.â€
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