Embedded with qualities of an ideal leader, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who prefers to be called 'Pradhan Sevak', will complete two years in the office on May 26th. Counted amongst the best orators that the country has ever seen, PM Modi’s entry was like whiff of fresh air in the political arena at the central level. He brought along with him new hope and energy at a time when the entire nation was reeling under uncertainty and chaos.

Path breaking initiatives like Swaach Bharat and Beti Bachao Beti Parao instilled a new enthusiasm and created a sense of belongingness among the people of the country. People were seen taking brooms and cleaning garbage off the streets. A sense of cleanliness started to spread among the masses.

As for his foreign policy, in the past two years, Prime Minister Modi has travelled a number of countries and each of his tour was aimed at strengthening mutual relations and inviting foreign players to invest in India which would provide boost to the Indian economy. During his visit to America, PM Modi met top 47 CEOs from the Fortune 500 companies and created opportunities for them to invest in India. During each of his foreign tour, he promoted the Make in India initiative, inviting every big and small company to invest in India. Today, when the world economy is gasping for growth, India is developing at an impressive rate of 7.3 to 7.5 per cent and has been treading modern and prudent path that is focused on country’s macro fiscal health.

In order to make the country digitally efficient and resourceful in the field of technology, and to make government services citizen friendly via electronically improved online infrastructure, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched Digital India Campaign on 15 September 2015. The main motive behind the campaign is to connect the rural areas of the country with high speed internet connections. Top CEOs from India and abroad have committed to invest Rs 4.5 lakh crore towards the initiative. PM Modi, during his visit to the Silicon Valley met the top brass of the technology giants like Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Wipro and urged them to explore opportunities and invest in India under the Digital India campaign. Mark Zuckerberg changed his profile picture to show his support for Digital India which started a chain on Facebook and promised to work on Wi-Fi Hotspots in rural areas of India. Google committed to provide broadband connectivity at 500 railway stations in India. Microsoft agreed to provide broadband connectivity to five hundred thousand villages in India and make India its cloud hub through Indian data centres. Qualcomm announced an investment of USD150 million in Indian start-ups. Oracle plans to invest in 20 states and will work on payments and Smart city initiatives.

As far as the foreign policies of Modi government are concerned, the pro-active attitude of PM Modi towards the neighbouring countries and other nations is not only unique but productive as well. The first feeler of the policy was visible when he invited the heads of all the SAARC nations during his oath taking ceremony. The gesture replicated his intention of inclusive milieu with neighbouring countries. During his visit to the United States, Prime Minister Modi delivered a speech at the UN Assembly that received lavish heaping praise from all round the globe.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Nepal after 17 years opened new interface between the two countries. His visit to Australia after 28 years, Fiji after 31 years, and Seychelles after 34 years resulted into many positive outcomes. During two years in the office, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has participated in various global summits, like SAARC, BRICS, and G-20 and in each summit India's views and suggestions were widely appreciated. When Prime Minister Modi visited China, the whole world's eyes were on these two nations. The tour ended on a constructive note in which major agreements were signed and investments were drawn. In August 2015, his visit to UAE attached great importance with reference to strong ties with Arab world. It was after 34 years that the Indian PM traveled to UAE. The tour resulted in enhancing India’s economic partnership with the Gulf countries. In July 2015 PM Modi visited five Central Asian Nations which was seen as path breaking. Vital agreements were signed between India and these nations in spheres like energy, trade, culture, and economics.

54 African leaders participated in the historic India-Africa Summit which was held during 26-29 October 2015 in New Delhi. Leaders of 41 African nations graced the summit in which extensive deliberations on deepening India-Africa ties. The Prime Minister himself held bilateral meetings with the visiting African leaders.

Last year in November, Prime Minister Narendra Modi participated in the COP21 Summit in Paris, where he, along with several world leaders raised concern over climate change. He, along with French President Holland raised curtain from International Solar Alliance, a forum to harness energy of the Sun to light homes. In April this year, the Prime Minister joined the Nuclear Security Summit where he put forth a strong message on the importance of Nuclear Security on the world stage.

During the last two years, many leaders of different countries visited India as well, including Prime Minister of Australia Tony Abbott, President Maithripala Sirisena of Sri Lanka, President Vladimir Putin of Russia, President Xi Jinping of People’s Republic of China, and Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany. All these tours were extremely productive and improved cooperation between nations. The 2015 Republic Day saw President Barack Obama visit India as the Chief Guest, a first in the history of India-USA relations, and in 2016, President of France Francois Hollande graced the event.

After Narendra Modi become the Prime Minister of India, the stature of the country on the global forum has improved a lot. Today, each and every word that India says is not only heard but also given weightage. The declaration of ‘International Day of Yoga’ by UN is one such example. The clarion call of PM Modi of marking 21st June one day as ‘International Day of Yoga’ received an overwhelming response at the UN. In a first, a total of 177 nations across the world came together and passed the resolution to ratify the date as the ‘International Day of Yoga’.

One major achievement of Modi government is that it has broken the stereotype that government and Prime Minister are beyond the reach of the common people. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's radio programme 'Mann Ki Baat' is a unique platform where he discusses different topics with the nation and urges for suggestions as well. In the programme, he communicates the most relevant and contemporary messages sent to him by the people from across the country. This has resulted in bringing the people closer to the government. Till date, PM Modi has conducted 20 programmes of 'Mann Ki Baat'.

We are listing some of the highlights from past two years of the Modi government:

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