Projecting India as a bright spot amid global slowdown, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said the country is “running at” 7.5 per cent and will grow “even faster” in the coming years and against the backdrop of ‘intolerance’, he emphasised that India draws strength from its diversity. Here are top 10 things PM Modi said in Malaysia:
1. “India is today the fastest growing major economy in the world…We are running at 7.5 per cent per year, but will grow even faster in the coming years,” said Narendra Modi. “Every major global institution has placed its bets on India growing strongly,” Modi said. He said India is witnessing growth even when rest of the world, including parts of Asian region, are experiencing a slowdown.
2. On the cooperative federalism, Narendra Modi said, “we are changing the way government and citizens interact with each other. And, Central and State Governments work with each other. States compete with each other now. That is healthy.”
3. Warning that terrorism is the “biggest threat” to the world, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said it should be delinked from religion as he pitched for new global anti-terror strategies while ensuring that no country gives sanctuary to it, a veiled reference to Pakistan. He underlined the need for ensuring that Internet does not become a “recruiting ground” for terrorism, amid the growing trend of ISIS luring youth from across the globe, and spoke about the world coming together to use “military force” and “international legal systems” to fight the menace.
4. Pushing for enhanced intelligence cooperation among countries, Modi said it has to be ensured that “Internet does not become a recruiting ground” for terrorism. “I have said it earlier, I will say it again. The world must come together to combat the biggest challenge of our times….We can strengthen intelligence cooperation, we can use military force, we can make international legal systems for making cooperation stronger,” he said.
5. Against the backdrop of ‘intolerance’ debate, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that India draws strength from its diversity and that the government will defend the equal rights guaranteed for every citizen under the Constitution. “Today, India is not just united, but draws strength from its diversity. It is a nation, where every citizen belongs; where everyone has equal rights that the constitution guarantees, the courts protect and the government defends,” the Prime Minister said.
6. Modi called for a new global resolve and new strategies to combat terrorism, without balancing it against political considerations and said no country should use or support terrorism. “There is no distinction between groups. There are no sanctuaries. There are no funds. There is no access to arms. But, we also have to work within our societies and with our youth,” the Prime Minister added.
7. PM reaffirmed India’s active participation in the ASEAN led security dialogue and cooperation forums and said the East Asia Summit must continue to support the evolution of an inclusive, balanced, transparent and open regional architecture for security and cooperation. “We must deepen our collective commitment to strengthen and abide by international rules and norms,” he said.
8. “We are eradicating poverty, by giving our people the fruits of modern economy, such as universal access to banks and insurance; not just tie them down in endless programmes,” Modi said and added in reference to Jan Dhan Yojana, “Where in the world will 190 million bank accounts be opened in a few months?”
9. Vanakkam! is how Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted the Indian diaspora here as he set the tone for an address that was steeped in Tamil flavour for the majority Tamil-Malaysians in the audience. Prime Minister Modi walked up to the stage and hailed the 15,000-strong crowd, a majority of them Tamil-Malaysians, with “Vanakkam” (hello in Tamil) amid chants of Modi, Modi. After greeting the crowd, Modi spoke a few sentences in Tamil saying, “Many of you are from Tamil Nadu…Tamil Nadu’s role in India’s growth is important.”
10. In his 45-minute address at the Malaysia International Exhibition and Convention Centre here, Modi went on to talk about Tamil philosopher-poet Thiruvalluvar whose most famous work is Thirukkural. “As I stand before you, I am reminded of the words of the great Tamil saint Thiruvalluvar: ‘Friendship is not just a smile on the face. It is what is felt deep within a smiling heart’,” Modi said. The Prime Minister said the saint’s words on friendship capture the feeling that he gets each time he comes to Malaysia whether without office or as Prime Minister. “I have felt the same embrace of friendship and welcome. The love and friendship of the Malaya-Indians has always had a special place in my heart,” Modi said.