India is new bright spot of hope: Modi tells British parliament

London, Nov 12, 2015, (IANS):Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said India was the new bright spot of hope and opportunity as he referred to opportunities in sectors such as defence, trade, housing, services, energy and environment to make the bilateral relationship with Britain count as one of the leading global partnerships.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, pti file photo

In his address to the British parliament — the first by an Indian prime minister — Modi dwelled on history, shared expressions of joy and the desire on two sides to transform the strategic partnership.

Dressed in a bandhgala, Modi received a standing ovation and thunderous applause at the end of his speech which was heard with rapt attention.

Modi talked of “winds of change”, “boldness and speed in decisions”, accountability in governance and his government’s commitment to individual liberties.

“India is the new bright spot of hope and opportunity for the world. It is not just the universal judgment of international institutions. It is not just the logic of numbers: a nation of 1.25 billion people with 800 million under the age of 35 years,” Modi said.

Without taking any names, Modi said there should be attempt to isolate those who harbour terrorists and willingness to stand by those who fight them honestly.

Modi said India’s momentum does not come only from its growth rate, which had increased to 7.5 percent per year, but transformation it seeks in quality of life of every Indian.

“Much of India that we dream of still lies ahead of us: housing, power, water and sanitation for all; bank accounts and insurance for every citizen; connected and prosperous villages; and, smart and sustainable cities. These are goals with a definite date, not just a mirage of hope.

“And, inspired by Gandhiji, the change has begun with us — the way the government works. There is transparency and accountability in governance. There is boldness and speed in decisions,” he added.

He said so much of India’s history had been written in the British parliament building.
“Many freedom fighters of India found their calling in the institutions of Britain. And, many makers of modern India, including several of my distinguished predecessors, from Jawaharlal Nehru to Dr. Manmohan Singh, passed through their doors,” he said.

“I stand here today, not as a visiting head of Government, given the honour to speak in this temple of democracy. I am here as a representative of a fellow institution and a shared tradition,” Modi said.

Some of his remarks led to a smile on the face of British Prime Minister David Cameron.
Referring to his upcoming speech at the Wembley stadium on Friday, Modi said it will be celebration of one-and-half-million threads of life that bind the two countries.

“It will be an expression of joy for all that we share: values, institutions, political system, sports, culture and art. And, it will be a recognition of our vibrant partnerships and a shared future.”
Referring to Tata as the largest private sector employer in Britain, he said India and Britain were two strong economies and two innovative societies.

On his government’s initiatives, Modi said manufacturing and farm sectors were getting a boost, services were getting efficient, youth were being imparted global skills, a revolution was sought to be created in startup enterprises, next generation infrastructure was being built and there was thrust towards digital India.

He said India will open new doors in the services sector.

Modi referred to federalism as the definition of new partnership of Team India and said businesses find an environment which was easy to work in.

He said “Sab Ka Saath, Sab Ka Vikas” was his government’s vision of a nation, in which every citizen belongs, participates and prospers.

He said it was a call for financial inclusion as also celebration of diversity; the need for social harmony; and a commitment to individual liberties and rights.

“This is the timeless ethos of our culture; this is the basis of our constitution; and, this will be the foundation of our future, said Modi whose government has battled allegations of intolerance from some political parties.

Modi invited Britain to join as an valuable partner in the International Solar Alliance he would launch in Paris later this month.

Recalling the work of B.R. Ambedkar, Modi said he was not only the architect of India’s Constitution but also “lifted us all to higher cause in services of humanity.”

He also mentioned Mahatma Gandhi’s statue outside the British parliament, saying India and Britain were “both fortunate enough” to have been touched by Gandhi’s life and mission.

5 Comments

  1. India is new bright spot of hope: Modi -Reports

    Dear readers,

    Since Modi’s inception as an Prime Minister of India it is only hopes. The pile of promises like development,blackmoney wapsi,10 years moratorium on communal violence remains illusive made in the 2014 Lok Sabha election.

    ‘Sab ka saath sabka vikas’ is increasing become mirage in the desert.A minority Muslims,Christians and Dalits are living in fearful environment. A ‘make in India’ is completely submitted to multinationals with more sectors being open to FDI once it was furiously opposed.

    Now the Modi paid American PR services are again doing image makeover with speech writing using ‘Digital’ for cheering crowd, who compare him as ‘Rockstar’.

    Speech teleprompter: The secret behind Narendra Modi’s fluent English
    http://www.indiatvnews.com/business/india/the-secret-behind-narendra-modi-s-fluent-egnlish-16747.html

    The President’s wife can never just be a Mrs, she has to be M-R-S.Modi prefix the name of Sri Lankan first lady with #MRS when reading from teleprompter. He became embarrassment and National Shame.

    While in India he acts like as if he doesn’t know anything about internal affair of the country.But only opens his mouth loud mouth addressing in ‘Mann ki baat’ in election rallies and cheering non residences.

    Will he ever open question hour in public and answer critical questions?

    Jai Hind

    • Namaskara,

      What is that itching in our Sharia Shaikh if Indian PM Modi uses a “Speech teleprompter: to get fluent English”? Even by the auto-spell-check provided in the EYT, our communal Shaikh has not posted in his entire life time even one intelligent post in EYT with correct English grammar, most glaring error is the use of “A” ahead of every sentence like “Al” in Arabic, without realizing that he is communicating in English, Height of ignorance & INTOLERANCE!

  2. Bright spot of hope!

    Mr. Modi was trying to defame Pundit Nehru and Dr. ManMohan Singh in the political rallies in India, but at the British
    Parliament, he praised both of them.

    The African leaders when they came to Delhi praised both Pundit Nehru and Gandhiji, so, Mr. Modi might have copied from them to deliver at Britain.

    • Dear A. S. Mathew, during each and every foreign jaunts, for which he spends more than half of his time as our prime minister, he unfailingly and directly condemns the Congress party rule TILL MAY 2014 in India. He poses as the BJP Prime Minister there. And the RSS and the BJP accuse Congress of not proud about his performance there.

      CONGRESS MUST NOT FIND FAULT WITH “THE PRIME MINISTER INDIA” AND HIS PERFORMANCE THERE, PROVIDED HE REPRESENTS HIM SELF AS “THE PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA” AND NOT AS IF HE IS “THE BJP PRIME MINISTER”.

      CONGRESS HAS EVERY RIGHT TO CONDEMN HIM FOR THE PARTISAN BOASTS HE MAKES THERE!

      HE NEVER GIVES HIS REPLY TO THE RSS AND BJP EXCESSES COMMITTED BY THEM IN INDIA, BUT PERSUADES FOREIGNERS BY GIVING POMPOUS LECTURES TO PACIFY THEM! THEY ARE NOT FOOLS TO INVEST THEIR MONIES IN THE CONUNDRUM OF RELIGIOUS HATRED AND MURDERS.

  3. What is that itching in our Shaikh if Indian PM Modi uses a “Speech teleprompter: to get fluent English”? -Angloa Bhat

    Sir,You should direct this question to English master Rajnath Singh who said “The English language has caused a great loss to the country. We are losing our language, our culture, as there are hardly any people who speak Sanskrit now.”

    Incidentally Rajnath Singh’s kids are English Vinglish

    http://archives.deccanchronicle.com/130721/news-current-affairs/article/rajnath-singhs-kids-are-english-vinglish

    He had sent his younger son, Neeraj, to study abroad, and his daughter Anamika worked in the United States. While his criticism of the English language has not gone down well within the party, it was endorsed by RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat.

    In other words Modi who known be crowd pooling ‘rockstar’ with his orator his skills,jumbled history of India,pseudoscience based on mythology;his PR speech gone wrong when world watched him addressing dignitaries wife M-R-S for MRS.What a national shame.He addressed cheering Namo supporters in USA in Hindi and Mongolia his seen talking with them in Vinglish.I don’t not it is Queen’s dinner affect, he is suddenly started speaking in British English only to be busted later knowingly he is using Digital technology.

    After his Dubai visit,I am worried he may use ‘AL’ instead of ‘EL’ next Israel visit.

    Thanks for correcting my grammatical error.We are living in the era of Tweetratie were English used in short cuts.
    I appreciate you give the same lessons to our ‘Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi’ multiple fake degree holder HRD minister of dishwashing to move the India in right direction.

    Jai Hind

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