Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a conference of Indian-origin Parliamentarians and Mayors, a unique initiative of the government to tap the energy of Indians living abroad. Addressing the grand gathering, he counted his government’s achievements in the last three years in the sphere of FDI, business environment, domestic investment, tackling corruption and even initiatives like Goods and Services Tax.
Urging the PIO parliamentarians to play a role of catalysts in India’s economic development, Prime Minister Modi also told them that values of Indian culture and civilisation can guide a world gripped in increasing instability.
“If there is any philosophy that can counter radicalisation, it is Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy, it is Indian philosophy,” he said.
This is the first of its kind forum in which 124 MPs and 17 mayors from across the globe are participating for a brain storming in New Delhi. Vice president M venkaiah Naidu too is slated to address the meet later in the day.
“India is changing, India is transforming. India has moved far ahead and Indian hopes are at the top and you will see the result of change in every sphere. A record USD 16 billion FDI came into the country last year,” the Prime Minister said addressing the NRI law makers.
There are almost 3 crore 12 lakh Indians living abroad in who are spread all continents of the world and there are members of parliaments of Indian origin in more than 30 countries.
External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, senior ministers of Modi government and Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, who is chairman of parliamentary standing committee of Ministry of external affairs are also participate in the deliberation. The focus will be to see how the Indian origin parliamentarian can contribute in furthering the relationship with respective countries.
India has second largest diaspora in the world and since 2003 it has been holding ‘Pravaasi Bharatiya Diwas’ to connect with Indians living abroad.
The move is well thought decision of government at a time when world is changing rapidly as far as old order is concerned. India is pitching forward to get its rightful place in this change and connect with countries through Indian origin parliamentarians will help in this endeavour.
(With inputs from Akhilesh Suman)