Published: Thu, January 11, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

India Not Eyeing Anyone's Territory: Declares PM Modi

India Not Eyeing Anyone's Territory: Declares PM Modi

"If there is any philosophy to counter radicalisation and extremism, it is the philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi and the philosophy of Indian values", he added. He also spoke of the various economic steps his government had taken which e said had benefited the poor and youth, referring to flagship programmes like Skill India, Start-up India, Stand-up India and Mudra Yojana schemes.

While many people may have left India over the course of hundreds of years, India continues to have a place in their minds and hearts, Modi said, adding, it is not surprising that people of Indian origin have kept their Indian-ness alive even as they integrated themselves fully with their adopted lands and imbibed the language, food, and dress of those countries. Systems and processes have been completely and irreversibly transformed, belying long-held assumptions that nothing would change in the country, he said.

Speaking at the "First PIO Parliamentarian Conference", External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj urged the legislators and political figures to consider what kind of contribution they could make for India's global ambition.

Over 140 MPs and mayors of Indian-origin from 23 nations have converged as part of a conference, seeking to boost ties with these countries by leveraging the diaspora links.

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Earlier today, addressing the first PIO-Parliamentarians Conference here, Modi said, "India is changing, India is transforming". He also spoke about improvements in the "Global Competitiveness Index, Global Innovation Index and Logistics Performance Index", adding that financial institutions like the World Bank and International Monetary Fund as well as rating agencies like Moody's were viewing India in a much more positive light now. Today, bodies like the World Bank, IMF and Moody's are looking at India in a very positive way.

Describing PIOs as permanent ambassadors of India, he asked them to help their ancestral country by helping to invite investments, facilitate to create awareness and work as a catalyst to promote tourism.

He attributed these developments to far-reaching policy reforms brought in the economy by his government over the past three years.

"During natural disaster in Nepal, flood in Sri Lanka, water problems in the Maldives; India was the first to respond". When crisis struck Yemen, we saved our 4,500 people as well as 2000 others.

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The Prime Minister praised External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj for continuously keeping an eye on issues being faced by Indian citizens overseas.

The inaugural session was also attended by Deputy Speaker of the Lok Sabha M. Thambi Durai, Rajya Sabha Vice Chairman P.J. Kurien and the two Ministers of State for External Affairs M.J. Akbar and General (Retd.) V.K. Singh.

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