外文标题：Australian PM in Mumbai, calls India 'emerging democratic superpower'
MUMBAI: Describing India as an "emerging democratic superpower", Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Thursday kicked off his two-day India visit during which the two countries are likely to clinch an elusive civil nuclear deal.
Abbott, the first Head of Government outside the leaders of SAARC nations to visit the country after the inauguration of the Narendra Modi government, said he wants to make the most of "an abundance of opportunities" for business in India.
".....this is a country which has amazed the world over the last few decades with its growth and its development the world's second most populous country; on purchasing power terms, the world's third largest economy, clearly, the emerging democratic superpower of the world and a country with which Australia has long and warm ties.
"The purpose of this trip, as far as I am concerned, is to acknowledge the importance of India in the wider world, acknowledge the importance of India to Australia's future, to let the government and the people of India know what Australia has to offer India and the wider world for our part, and to build on those stronger foundations," he said addressing a 30-member business delegation accompanying him on the trip at Hotel Taj Palace in Mumbai, his first port of call.
Noting how India has changed "enormously" since his last visit 33 years ago as a backpacker, Abbott, who has expressed keenness to sign a nuclear deal with the country, said," I can remember on my first day in Mumbai watching a bullock cart take material into a nuclear power station.
"Well, 33 years on, there aren't that many bullock carts left in urban India, and the power stations, the nuclear power stations are more sophisticated than ever," he said.
VISHWA PUROHIT (Unknown)
Yes very well described and India will be a super Power in near future.
He sounds more like a "USED CAR SALESMAN"than a true leader of a democratic country called AUSTRALIA.
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Sujeet Kumar (New Delhi)
India may not have already achieved status of a true Superpower, but only a fool would not consider India capable. The great thing is all the negative things in India are minor as compared to the truly great vibrant soul of India. India truly is an ideal humanist country, on path of being a Superpower, and we shall all make India One!!
Tiger (Mumbai) replies to Sujeet Kumar
dont be so arrogant... super power is what US and Russia is ...we going there... just contribute, dont yapp.
It is nice to note the remarks of Australian PM about India 'emerging democratic superpower'. He is said it rightly & under our new PM Mr. Modi this truth has already started emerging. Very soon India will also be a military superpower.
Rajeev S (Unknown)
We are far off being a super power and if we want to be a POWER, let us keep corrupt, anti-national Congress from Power.
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It is encouraging to note the remarks of the visiting Australian PM Abbot! India to him is an emerging super power! He is ready to sign the long pending civil Nuclear Deal with India & establish business relations mutually beneficial to the two countries! He is very much impressed with the changes in India since his last visit 33 years back!
Knai Thomman Achayo (Unknown)
Hindus love to live in a dream world, they will love to live in it.
Rajeev S (Unknown) replies to Knai Thomman Achayo
I agree. All hindus should first convert to Xtianity or Islam and then dream.