Sharply criticising Prime Minister Narendra's silence over rape cases in India, the New York Times in an editorial on Tuesday said such and other violent incidents were part of "an organized and systematic campaign by nationalist forces" to terrorise women, Muslims and Dalits in the country.
Talking about the bilateral engagement between Prime Minister Modi and his Finnish counterpart Juha Sipila, Rao stated that a high-level dialogue would be taking place to review and strengthen bilateral ties, with trade and investment as the key focus.
In the first leg of his visit, Modi will reach Sweden's capital Stockholm where he will hold extensive talks with Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, besides attending a India-Nordic Summit.
Prime Minister Modi will then attend the India-Nordic Summit and Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Sweden. "Apart from this, the two leaders will also discuss matters pertaining economic and financial cooperation", she said.
Sikh organisations such as Dal Khalsa, Sikhs for Justice and Sikh Federation (UK) have said that they are expecting turnout from across the UK but several other Sikh groups working for Khalistan have also invited their supporters to protest against Modi. In his address, PM Modi said that the stature of India has risen at the global stage, further giving examples of the country's entry into the export control regimes of Wassenaar Arrangement and the Australia Group and the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR).
India and Sweden today discussed ways for Sweden to become partner in India's development story.
Stating that innovation, investment, start-ups, manufacturing were among the main areas of cooperation between the two countries, he said that attention was also paid to renewable energy, urban transport and waste management to improve the quality of life of the Indian people.
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"I thank Prime Minister Stefan Löfven for the warm welcome at the airport", tweeted Modi.
Two documents were agreed to between India and Sweden following the delegation-level talks - Innovation Partnership and Joint Action Plan - to maximise bilateral cooperation for the benefit of the people.
He said there has been an intensification of cooperation in areas such as green technology and smart cities. Addressing the media, Narendra Modi called India-Sweden partnership as "a flawless match" signalling that an "intensified political and business interaction" will take place between India and Sweden.
Prime Minister Modi thanked Prime Minister Löfven for Sweden's support to India's candidature for non-permanent membership of United Nations Security Council (2021-22) and for Sweden's support to India's permanent membership of a reformed and expanded United Nations Security Council.
India is going through a period of change and the government in the last four years has worked towards building a developed and inclusive country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said here tonight.
While returning from Britain on April 20, he will stop over in Germany where he will a meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel.