In a significant development that could cause considerable embarrassment to Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of his London trip next week, Indian students in United Kingdom have written to him asking him to first take action in rape cases.
Amid growing public outrage over the barbaric gangrape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir, and sexual assault of another young girl in Unnao in Uttar Pradesh, a collective of retired civil servants wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, asserting that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government at the Centre had "failed in performing the most basic of the responsibilities given to it".
During the visit, he will hold a bilateral meeting with May on April 18 and also have an audience with Prince Charles.
Bilaterally, India and Sweden may sign an innovation partnership agreement. Education is another sector in which both sides are expected to forge deeper ties.
On the first leg of his visit, the Prime Minister will visit Sweden where he will attend the first ever India-Nordic Summit at Stockholm. According to figures provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the trade of India with the Nordic countries amounted to about 5, 300 million dollars in 2016-2017, with a cumulative foreign direct investment in the Southeast Asian country of 2, 500 million dollars.
"I will be visiting Sweden and the United Kingdom for bilateral meetings and for the India-Nordic Summit and the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting during 17-20 April 2018".
Following his meeting with Theresa May, the prime minister will head to the Science Museum in London to visit the "5000 Years of Science and Innovation" exhibition and interact with Indian-origin and other scientists and innovators based in the UK. An Ayurveda Centre of Excellence will be launched in London. A rally in support of Mr. Modi is also due to take place outside the diaspora event venue on Wednesday.
Modi will also address the world in a globally broadcast live event from the historic Central Hall Westminster in London, following in the footsteps of speakers such as Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. The prime minister inaugurated the first phase of the Bastar Internet scheme. The Prime Minister will also hold bilateral discussions with his Swedish counterpart.
The huge crowd that had congregated at Chhattisgarh's Bijapur district for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's event was taken by surprise when Modi, who was slated to present a pair of slippers to a tribal woman, bent down and helped the bare-footed woman wear her gifted footwear.