The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, addressed the Indian community in Manila, Philippines on Monday.
Modi said that the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) region is very important for India. He spoke of the long-shared heritage and emotional bonding that India has with the ASEAN region.
In particular, according to a government statement, he mentioned the Buddha and the Ramayana. He said the Indian diaspora in the region has a key role to play in nurturing this heritage.
Modi further said India has never harmed another country. He spoke of the sacrifice of one and a half lakh Indian soldiers, who laid down their lives in distant lands during World Wars 1 and 2.
He said that India’s present too, must be equally bright, and radiant. He said we should do everything possible to ensure that the 21st century, which is termed “Asia’s century” becomes “India’s century.”
He spoke of initiatives such as Jandhan Yojana and Ujjwala Yojana, taken by the Government for empowering the poor. He also mentioned the gains made through Aadhaar linking of subsidy.
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