Dream of developed India will be fulfilled: Modi tells NRIs in DC

The Indian Prime Minister in his major address to the Indian Diaspora in the nation’s capital, promised of a developed India in their lifetime. Soon after arriving in Washington, DC, while addressing the Indian American community, Modi said their success was due to the supportive environment the U.S. provides and added that his government is working to create the same environment back in India. “Your heart always asks when would our country become like this… I assure you that this will happen in your lifetime,” Modi said.

Modi also said that Indians in America have advanced progress in both India and the U.S. and said the success and action of the Indian diaspora echoes throughout the world. “You are the same people but your success story has a simple reason, it’s because you got supportive environment here,” he said.

The prime minister added that “125 crore equally talented Indians are there back in India, they are now getting supportive environment and soon we will develop India soon. The biggest change in India today is that every Indian wants to do and is already doing something with resolution to change and develop the nation,” he said.

“Today, 125 crore people from Kashmir to Kanyakumari have resolved to do something for their country. With such a resolve, the country is developing in a pace never seen before.”

Saying that corruption was the reason “the previous governments were changed in India,” Modi said his government has emerged corruption-free in the last three years. “Governments were changed because of corruption. The common people hated this… There has been not a single blot on our government in the past three years. And governance is being modified so that honesty becomes an in-build process,” Modi said. “Technology is helping with that,” he added.

“Increased usage of technology brings transparency in systems. When I think of a developed India, I think of a healthy India, particularly the good health of the women and children of our nation,” he added. “Transparent policies create an environment of trust among the people. The youth of India understands technology and the importance of technology very well. Through technology driven governance we are creating an ‘Adhunik Bharat,'” the prime minister further said.

“With proper policies and governance, aspirations of people of India can become achievements. We are already seeing the results of this,” said Modi. “Innovation, technology and talent are crucial in this age,” he added.

The prime minister also said the warmth the Indian community offered was unforgettable. “All my family members are settled in America… The happiness we get after meeting the family is what I am feeling right now,” Modi said. “If you want to give back to India, this is the best time to do so. Keep the bridge with India. Your younger generations must continue the strong bond with India,” he said.

PM said that “no one in the world questioned India’s surgical strikes+ ” on terror camps in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir except “of course the target of the strikes”. The PM kept up the momentum and quickly followed the surgical strikes comment by referring to the recent case of Uzma Ahmed+ , an Indian national who was misled into going to Pakistan to marry a man who was already married.

“She went with dreams in her head, but her life was ruined there. She is a Muslim. She thought if I go to Pakistan, my life will be made. But it turned out to be quite the opposite. Somehow she made contact with the Indian embassy so she could get out,” the PM added.

“MEA is one ministry of the government which has demonstrated through the use of social media, for the first time, that it cares for poorest of Indians,” Modi said. “India’s MEA has touched new heights from the point of view of humanity. As many as 80,000 Indians in distress have been rescued from different parts of world in 3 years,” he said, The PM, in his address to the almost 600 people gathered to hear him speak, talked about the achievements of his government in the past three years.

He said his government “has not seen a single taint” in the years it has been in power. “The reasons governments have been defeated in India are things like corruption and cheating. People of India do not like corruption. I can say humbly today that there has not been a single taint on us during our three years of performance,” Modi said.

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