In the new world order emerging with the collapse of globalisation,Prime Minister Narendra Modi failed to derive benefits for India during British prime minister Theresa May first overseas trip outside of the European Union .
The British prime minister came with a mission to enhance non-European Union trade and investment with India in the wake of the United Kingdom’s Brexit referendum.Modi was unable to convince her on relaxing rules on student visas for Indian students who are desirous of studying in Britain. Infact May herself was the author of withdrawing the facility of post-study work visas for Indian students to UK universities resulting in marked drop in the number of Indians applying for the student visa regime.
But the two leaders agreed to boost their cooperation in other areas of defence, trade, technology, infrastructure,terrorism and cyber war.But the cooperation in these sectors will adversely effect Indian interests as more money will flow out of the country.
With the specific aim of creating wealth , jobs and to boost their economies, the Western Countries. have turned around their economic policies by cutting down on immigrants, closing their open economies and restricting the flow of funds from their countries.
Side-tracking the issue ,May offered a more exclusive, bespoke visa called a Great Club which is infact a tailored visa regime to attract high and wealthy families who are also offered instant citizenship.Thus Britain offered the Registered Travelers Scheme that will allow business travellers to enter UK with through e-passport gates.
But in spite of these proposals on offer,our industrialist Vijay Mallya and former IPL chief Lalit Modi are residing in UK though being declared fugitives of law in our country.
Rather Theresa May offer of Great Club visa is benefiting alleged Modi man controversial sports administrator Lalit Modi who is close to getting citizenship of United Kingdom .Lalit who moved to London in 2010 after allegations of match-fixing and illegal betting were made against him.
Britain refused to deport loan defaulter Mallya stating that Mallya can legally stay in Britain if his passport was valid when he entered the country.
The UK Government had then informed India that under 1971 Immigration Act, the UK does not require an individual to hold a valid passport in order to remain in the UK if they have extant leave to remain as long as their passport was valid when leave to remain or enter UK was conferred.
By : Arti Bali Senior Journalist