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My Friend, The Man Of Action

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s hospitality is legendary. Professor of Law at the University of Fiji, Julian Moti, remembers it quite well. In 2005, Mr Modi, was serving at Gujarat National
19 Nov 2014 08:03
My Friend, The Man Of Action
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the International Kite Festival in Ahmedabad, India.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s hospitality is legendary. Professor of Law at the University of Fiji, Julian Moti, remembers it quite well.

In 2005, Mr Modi, was serving at Gujarat National Law University in Gandhinagar, India. Mr Modi was then Chief Minister of Gujarat State and the GNLU was his brainchild. Professor Moti was also Adjunct Professor of Law at Bond University Law School, Gold Coast, Australia and forging close links with the GNLU. According to Professor Moti, Mr Modi wanted the GNLU to match international standards.

“After the signing of the Framework Collaboration Agreement at Chief Minister Modi’s office, he invited both Bond University Vice Chancellor Professor Duncan Bentley and me to his birthday party. He was very complimentary about Bond University’s achievements and wanted GNLU to emulate its success,” he said.

“We were seated next to him at the gala event that night to celebrate his birthday. It was televised live. His hospitality was legendary. “We were back with him and the late Ashok Bhatt the next morning for breakfast and spent the morning on the roof tops flying kites. That was the beginning of our friendship.

” Today’s visit of the Indian Prime Minister to Fiji was an opportunity to learn from a visionary and skilled administrator, said Professor Moti.

“He is a man of action and very disciplined. I found him an amazing talent, an incredible intellectual and someone driven to results. “

Professor Moti said Gujarat State stood testimony to Mr Modi’s resolve to improve governance, sanitation and the standard of living for all Indians.

“Gandhinagar, the capital of Gujarat, is the cleanest city in the whole of India. He began an innovative grassroots, local-level form of government and demanded results, “said Professor Moti.

As for the ‘Modi-mania’ that was sweeping India and many countries, Professor Moti said new technologies played a massive role in the excitement.

“He’s embraced the new technologies. He’s embraced the future and he is right there at the forefront.”

Professor Moti is now Professor of Law at the University of Fiji after returninig to contribute to the land of his birth.

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