Modi led the BJP in the 2014 general election, which gave the party a majority in the Lok Sabha, the first time a single party had achieved this since 1984. Modi himself was elected to parliament from Varanasi.
Since taking office, Modi’s administration has tried to raise foreign direct investment in the Indian economy, increased spending on infrastructure, and reduced spending on healthcare and social welfare programmes. Modi has attempted to improve efficiency in the bureaucracy, and centralised power by abolishing the planning commission and replacing it with the NITI Aayog.
India, like China, looms large in the imaginations of Brexiteers, who dream of a golden era of global trade, and Theresa May has already paid a visit to the subcontinent.
The relationship between Indian and the UK might be a particularly conflicting one because one of the key demands India would forth is the relaxation of visa norms for professionals and immigration being one of the key factors behind Brexit, it would be an interesting juxtaposition of demands. On the other hand under Prime Minister Modi’s leadership, the ease of doing business in India has become and the red tape issues are mostly done away with.
India is looking for new trade partners and Britain might be an important ally to the country looking to outperform China year after year.