Indian PM Narendra Modi tops world in mass acceptance of strategy

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December 20, 2014

New Delhi: India tops the list of 30 countries which feel its development strategy is correct under Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Modi is also one of the most popular leaders at the global stage and has the confidence of Indians in handling domestic and international matters, according to a survey conducted by Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

December 20, 2014

New Delhi: India tops the list of 30 countries which feel its development strategy is correct under Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Modi is also one of the most popular leaders at the global stage and has the confidence of Indians in handling domestic and international matters, according to a survey conducted by Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

India ranks No1 when it comes to citizens approving the development strategy of their respective countries. The study indicates a massive 87.8% approval for Modi's policies. Modi comfortably pips other leaders like President Obama (who is ranked 20th with 44.8%), Prime Minister Cameron (ranked 15th with 51.5%) and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (ranked 26th with 30.4%) in this category.

Besides, Modi ranks No 2, behind Chinese President Xi Jinping, in the list of 30 top-performing world leaders. German chancellor Angela Merkel is third in the list that also measured the confidence of citizens in their leaders. Modi had a confidence rating of 93.2 per cent on handling of domestic affairs and 93.3 per cent on handling of international affairs.

A report titled "Reflections on a Survey of Global Perceptions of International Leaders and World Powers" which asked citizens across 30 nations of the world to give their views on 10 influential leaders having a global impact has thrown up very interesting findings. The general trend of this report was that leaders in full-fledged democracies received far lesser numbers as compared to other nations. But bucking this trend was Modi who emerged as highly popular figure and someone who has expanded the imprint of India at the global stage.

Since he took office in May 2014, Modi has had a series of international visits whose outcome corroborate the findings of this report from the Kennedy School, the PMO said.


Published by HT Syndication with permission from Pioneer.