Yangon (Myanmar), Sept 6: “We are committed to build a ‘NEW INDIA’ that would be free from poverty, terrorism, corruption, communalism, and casteism” by 2022 when the country celebrates its 75th independence day, asserted Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing the Indian community in Yangon on Wednesday.
Modi, who is now on his maiden visit to India’s Eastern Neighbour Myanmar was addressing the members of the Indian community at Yangon’s Thuwanna Indoor Stadium.
Indians in Myanmar have been facing the issue of poor aviation connectivity between the two nations, a problem they would like PM Modi to address today. India-origin people in Myanmar also say they would like PM Modi to open a Skill Development Mission in provinces where Indians reside in majority.
The Prime Minister said that his government did not shy away from taking tough decisions as “for us nation is bigger than politics”.
Highlighting the efforts of the government at home to improve infrastructure facilities the Prime Minister said that infrastructure as important and his government was stressing on providing quality infrastructure. “Good infrastructure is no longer about roads and rail only...it includes several other aspects that bring a qualitative change in society”, he said.
Stating that a new India is being created by his government where there would be no place for corruption, poverty, casteism, terrorism, and communalism, he urged the people to visit the New India website and participate in this movement. “We have pledged to develop a new India by the time Indian independence turns 75”, PM Modi said adding that the government was not just reforming the country but transforming India.
Praising the efforts of MEA Sushma Swaraj the Prime Minister said, “No Foreign Minister in the world is as active as Sushma Swaraj. She is sensitive to the concerns of every Indian in any part of the world and is always ready to help.”
Explaining his concept of “Sabka Saath” Modi said ‘Sabka Saath meant cooperation of every country and ‘Sabka Vikas” meant development of every country. To the cheering of the crowd he said his government has decided to release 40 Myanmar fishermen presently lodged in Indian jails.
Reiterating that ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ meaning the whole world is a family and this ideology is our proud tradition, he said that the citizens of Myanmar will be given gratis visa to facilitate free and easy movements.
He said that people of India have the confidence that India can be transformed and we can break free from some of the evils that entered our systems and added that India is seen as a thought leader on the global stage.
The Prime Minister said that global recognition of Yoga was the achievement of the diaspora which took Yoga all over the world. He said that the Indian diaspora has contributed to the development of wherever they have settled. They also kept in touch with their roots.
Stating that he made it a point to interact with the Indian diaspora where he had gone, Modi said that he received immense love from the community.
Myanmar is the land from where Subhash Chandra Bose had roared – “Tum Mujhe khoon do, mai tumhe azaadi doonga”, the PM said adding that India's history of independence cannot be complete without a tribute to Myanmar.
Earlier as he arrived at Yangon;s Thuwanna Indoor Stadium to address the Indian community people cheered for Prime Minister Modi and welcomed him.
During the visit PM Modi met Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and the two leaders discussed ways to further cement the bilateral relations.
He shared concerns with Myanmar over the situation in the country's Rakhine state where the army has launched a crackdown on the Rohingyas, triggering a mass exodus.
The Prime Minister also said that future Indian projects would be in line with Myanmar's needs and priorities.
Modi also said that India would issue gratis visas to all Myanmar citizens wishing to visit India and announced that 40 Myanmar nationals lodged in Indian jails would be released.
On her part, Suu Kyi thanked India for the strong stand it took against the threat of terrorism on Myanmar's soil.
Following Wednesday's talks, India and Myanmar signed 11 agreements, including on cooperation in maritime security and coastal surveillance.
Modi arrived here on Tuesday on a three-day visit in what is his first bilateral trip to India's eastern neighbour. He had earlier come here in 2014 to attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean)-India Summit.
Soon after his arrival here, he called on Myanmar President U Htin Kyaw at whose invitation he has come.
Later on Wednesday, the Prime Minister also visited Bagan, a heritage city where the Archaeological Survey of India is involved in restoration work of a temple and some historical structures, and Yangon where he will interact with members of the Indian community.