- Narendra Modi’s July 6-13 visit to five Central Asian countries – Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan – was aimed at making India a strong player in a region rich in natural resources and especially in the fight against terrorism.
- China has already built a strong presence in Central Asia.
- Modi told Islam Karimov, the long-ruling president of Uzbekistan that he needed his “guidance” to make India a bigger player in the region and the Uzbek strongman, apparently impressed by this request, replied there was none better than himself to provide such wisdom.
- Modi’s ‘Make in India’ was ‘matching’ Nazarbayev’s Hundred Steps, a programme to rebuild Kazakh infrastructure – building railway lines that did not end up in the direction of Russia.
- An Ayurveda teacher flew from India to Turkmenistan even before Modi finished his five-nation tour, to teach Indian medicine for the proposed Yoga Institute in Ashgabat.
- Kyrgyzstan to now seriously experiment with genuine democracy and which is being run on the basis of a new constitution since 2010.
- Modi applauded the host country’s commitment to democracy and offered the Election Commission’s help in setting up a credible electoral process.