3/30/2015 12:34:08 PM
|written By : Maya Tsering Bhalla|
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was in Singapore on Sunday to pay tribute to the Republic’s founding father Lee Kuan Yew.
In an exclusive briefing here he said, "Personally he was a source of inspiration for me. His achievements and thoughts give me confidence in the possibility of India's whole transformation. The people of India share this nation's grief over the loss of its founding father. We are observing a day of public mourning in India today in honour of the departed leader...”
“He was a global thinker who saw things ahead of others. He was an advocate of economic progress and also made tireless efforts to advance peace and stability in our region. In India, we deeply value his friendship and his support for India's economic progress and a global role. He believed in India's potential more than many of us did...
India's relationship with Singapore is one of our strongest relationships in the world...."
Due to the solemnity of the occasion and time constraints Prime Minister Modi was not able to take questions from the press but made an eloquent speech that hints at even stronger ties in Singapore-India relations. He met Israeli President Reuven Rivlin (who was also attending the funeral) on the side but there were no bi-lateral talks.
Modi’s tribute to Singapore's founding father is worth listening to. Please click on the video for more.