During his just concluded trip to Singapore, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a strong pitch for India and its development
12/2/2015 3:21:20 PM
|written By : Nithya Subramanian|
The packed Singapore Expo Hall reverberated with chants of ‘Modi! Modi’ and the energy of the over 18,000 people gathered apace as the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi made his way there. The ‘Singapore Welcomes Modi’ community event was like a rock concert. The island nation may be a speck compared to the United States, but the Indian PM’s maiden address (on November 24, 2015) to the diaspora here attracted almost as big a crowd as the Madison Garden Square did last September.
Despite a packed schedule, Modi was able to wow the crowds here with a speech that pitched for a better future for India. Focusing on the philosophy of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ (the world is our family), Modi said Indians all over the world are appreciated for living peacefully and contributing to their societies. He said that while Singapore may be small, India can learn a lot from the country that was led by late Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew.
He said India’s foreign policy rests on ‘equality’ and that the country today is full of “self confidence” that is continuously looking to forge fruitful partnerships. Justifying his efforts to attract foreign direct investment, he said that the BJP Government has liberalised the railways, defence and many other sectors adding that there has been a 40 per cent growth in foreign investment. He quipped that Foreign Direct Investement to him means “First Develop India”. In his Government’s bid to make the rupee a global heavy-weight currency, it has already announced the launch of Rupee bonds on the London Stock Exchange.