Before Magna Carta
When PM Narendra Modi unveiled a statue of Basaveshwara, a 12th century Indian philosopher, he said that “long before the Magna Carta, considered the first charter of democracy, Basaveshwara gave the world the ideals of democracy”. Inaugurating the bust of Basaveshwara in London, Modi said, “When I was with PM David Cameron, he was showing me the Magna Carta. But long before him, Basaveshwara gave the principles of democracy. Because of a long period of colonisation, Indian society caught many social evils but Basaveshwara showed us the way to reform our society and the first Parliament-like platform.”
Modi inaugurated the B R Ambedkar memorial in London — a house where Babasaheb stayed and which was bought by the Maharashtra government recently. He tweeted, “Just visited the house where Dr. Ambedkar stayed. His message of equality & justice continues to resonate.” Officials said that the government had decided to transform the house where Ambedkar lived in London into an international memorial-cum-research centre.
Synergy on wheels
Modi visited a Tata Motors-owned Jaguar Land Rover factory in the West Midlands region of England that is known as the flagship Indian investment in the UK. He was taken in a chopper from London to Solihull, and he went directly to the airport in a chopper, too. “At the Jaguar Land Rover plant. Economic synergy between India and UK can achieve a lot,” Modi tweeted. The visit to the JLR factory, described as a symbol of Indians as “job creators” rather than “job takers”, marked the last stop on Modi’s three-day tour.