Inaugurating the Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that India has never coveted any territory nor has it attacked a country but made sacrifices for the freedom of others. The PM said that thousands of Indians gave their lives in the First World War.
“India has never coveted any territory, never attacked another country. Yet thousands of Indians gave their lives in the World War I,” said Modi. He inaugurated the Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra, a state-of-the-art complex dedicated to overseas Indians.
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The PM added that it was very appropriate to inaugurate the Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra on October 2, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
“In the last two years, you have seen how the government rescued people from conflict situations, not just Indians but foreigners too.”
He said that Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra shows what it means to be Indian and the meaning of association with India.
“In more than 150 countries we’ve presence of Pravasi Bhartiyas. They are a huge strength for our missions. Humanity is a principal inspiration for us, and the world has acknowledged this not only due to our heritage but on account of our actions,” said the PM.
In his address, PM Modi said,”PBK is home to 27 million PIOs and NRIs. It can act as a focal point for even those Pravasis who are still searching for their roots in India. World’s keenness to engage with India has risen. In such times ‘fear of unknown’ can be an obstacle. Our diaspora can help overcome this. Connecting with the diaspora is essential. Atal Ji started idea of PBD and it has been continued thereafter.”
The Prime Minister’s remarks came amid deteriorating India-Pakistan ties and escalating border tension after the September 18 terror attack that killed 20 Indian soldiers. Days after the attack, India said that it had launched surgical strikes along LoC on terrorist launch pads.