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PM Modi’s foreign trips are the common theme among demonetization, GST and now cabinet reshuffles

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New Delhi – It seems that PM Modi likes to make the significant decisions just in the wake of a foreign tour. Whether it is the biggest tax reformation implementation or the matter of Cabinet reshuffle, he does it just before embarking on yet another foreign trip.

The proximity between foreign tours of the PM and historic national decisions may give some ideas about how Modi deals with his multiple roles. On 9th November 2014 when a significant cabinet reshuffle took place after BJP resuming the power in central.

Just a couple of days later, the PM went for a ten long days’ tour to Myanmar, Fiji, and Australia. His objective of visiting Myanmar was to participate in ASEAN-India summit. Since Rajiv Gandhi, Modi had been the first PM to visit Australia. In 33 years, he had been the first India PM to visit Fiji.

On 5th of July 2016, the second Cabinet reshuffle took place. The event had been an expansion of cabinet rather than a reshuffle. This reshuffle took place to reflect the 2016’s budgeting. This time again, the PM went on a tour just 48 hours after the cabinet reshuffling happened. He visited South Africa, Mozambique, Tanzania, and Kenya.

Later on 8th November 2016, the PM made his historic announcement rendering the ₹ 500 and ₹ 1000 obsolete in one night. The move had created a lot of trouble for the nation and the citizens.

A couple of days later, the PM took off for Japan. This visit had been the second one. During this visit, India signed a landmark nuclear agreement with Japan. Later the PM released a statement declaring that he had gone to develop a partnership with Japan.

Only six months later, the PM declared the implementation of GST, the tax system which the PM has called straightforward and unified. Four days after the implementation, when the GST Council was still coping with the initial hiccups, the PM was off to Israel, becoming the first Indian PM to visit the country in last 25 years.

Currently, the third reshuffling of the cabinet has taken place on Sunday. This might be the last time the cabinet has been reshuffled. Right after making some significant decision, the PM is all set to take off for another international tour to Fujian province.

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Aditi Ghosh
Aditi is a marketing consultant and full-time author at The GST Blog. Content marketing and social media promotion are one of her specialties. When she is not working, Aditi turns to her writing skill and offers promotional tips or information to the readers.

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