As the head of the Indian government, one of the duties of the Indian Prime Minister is diplomatic. This includes visiting foreign heads of states for issues related to trade, foreign policy, etc etc etc. Trade between the EU and India has skyrocketed in the past 10 years. If an expanding economy resulting from expanding trade doesn't alleviate poverty in India in the near future, then I don't know what will. so, I guess the Indian PM was doing his bit to alleviate poverty.
(And as a matter of fact, India, inspite of its poverty is one of the larger economic powers in the world, and if it manages to keep up its current 6% economic growth rate (or increase it to 9%) is well on its way to becoming a formidable market.)
By your logic, Yyz, I guess the Indian PM should be riding on the back of a cow to Copenhagen.
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