Addressing Indian disapora in Panama, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said that Indian leadership is reaching out to different countries and regions of the world with higher levels of engagement in pursuit of its vision for shared benefits. He also underlined that India is not in race with any other in this new and energetic global outreach.
“Our country over the last four years has been taking rapid strides on several fronts under a stable government and able leadership. This stability and ability are crucial for fully harnessing the untapped energies of our people so that our nation can take its due place in the comity of nations,” the Vice President said.
Praising the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he said that the “energetic” Prime Minister has set in motion a certain process of transformation encompassing both the ‘minds’ and ‘methods’. “The mission that the PM has launched covers both behavioral and performance aspects,” he added.
The Vice President, however, differed with some commentators blaming democracy for the country’s slow progress.
He instead asserted “If the leadership has the right vision and ability, things can be changed… The New India story will only gain further momentum as the hitherto unreached Indians join this journey with energy and enthusiasm unleashing their long suppressed hidden potential”.
“As Vice President, I am beyond political talk. I am only speaking about what is happening in our country. Prime Minister is the chosen leader of our country and Shri Modi is piloting change with certain energy and vigour and people are seeing the difference. I am not saying that all issues have been resolved and problems fixed. We have too many issues to be addressed and it takes time for sure. But a new beginning has been made,” he told the gathering of Indian community in the Panama capital.
Elaborating on the progress made by the country and the efforts of global outreach, he said, “As a vibrant democracy and a fast growing economy with enormous potential, our country has found a new voice, acknowledgement and visibility across the regions of the world over the last four years. Never before has any PM spoken so eloquently for India and Indians from a position of strength”.
Referring to media reports about India’s new global outreach as coming in the way of advances being made by China in different regions, the Vice President stressed “India does not like to run a race with others”.
“We have our own vision for India and the world based on our strengths to back it. Our Prime Minister and Chinese President made it clear that there is enough space for both to play out their roles and take advantage of,” VP Naidu said.
The Vice President also lauded the achievements of the Indian nationals worldwide. “India has emerged as a certain ‘new brand’ both at home and abroad,’ Naidu said.
He also urged the 32 million diaspora across the world to continue to march ahead with heads held high wearing on their sleeves the tag of Brand India. He called upon them to be true to 5 Ms, i.e Mother, Motherland, Mother tongue, Motherland adopted and Mentor (Guru).
Panama has the largest number of over 15,000 Indian diaspora in the region.