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Narendra Modi is a doer, he should push the infrastructure: Gopichand Hinduja

Friday, 23 May 2014 - 7:55am IST | Agency: dna

Gopichand Hinduja, one of the Hinduja brothers in London and among the richest British businessmen, recently got a whole host of British ministers and others to launch a new bus made by Optare, an Ashoka Leyland subsidiary. After the smashing of coconuts and the customary functions, Hinduja took time out to speak to Rahul Joglekar in London. Excerpts from the interview:

A new government has come to power in India. You sounded very optimistic when you spoke earlier. What is your message to Mr Modi?
See firstly, I would like to congratulate Mr Modi for the landslide victory that he has got. Since 1984, nobody had such absolute majority. Secondly, British PM is very keen and eager to see how Indo-UK investment and trade can grow. And it is the most opportune time for the British industry to grow together and we be number 1 in Europe.

If there is one thing that you'd push him to do, what would that be?
Mr Prime Minsiter, you've seen the failures of the earlier government, mainly they were in implementation. And nothing was moving in infrastructure. The first thing he should move is infrastructure. No sooner he does this, things will start improving, investors will flood in money. They've already started flooding in money just with the hope that this is going to happen. And knowing the Prime Minister who is a doer, he has proved himself in Gujarat. He can definitely do what he has committed and the basis of which he has got the mandate.

What would you say about trade between the UK and India? The British PM has set very ambitious targets for bilateral trade.
The British Prime Minister visited India twice. He is committed. It was unfortunate that India was not able to grab these opportunities. From Britain, we can have best consultants, they are experienced. We can have best technology, innovation, manufacturing. Although it is perceived that Britain is going backwards in manufacturing. But being in the manufacturing field, I can see that UK can contribute much to India even in manufacturing. And we have low-cost solutions in India. If we blend this together, India and UK has tremendous potentiality. Sky is the limit.

In the next five years with Mr Modi as PM, what's the one thing that your are hopeful of implementing between the UK and India?
The first thing he should move is the Bangalore Mumbai Economic Corridor, which I think, the previous PM did sign the protocol, and now the Indian government has to take forward.

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