PM Narendra Modi while addressing Indian origin Tamil community at Norwood Grounds in Dickoya, Sri Lanka said it is his honour to speak with them and added that, “we need to strengthen, not separate, (these) threads of unity and harmony.” The Prime Minister started his speech by saying, “It is a great pleasure to be here today. And, I am most grateful for your warm and enthusiastic welcome.” He added that it is a great honour to be the first Indian PM to visit Kandy. Talking about Sri Lanka’s tea production, PM Modi said people world over are familiar with Ceylon tea that is grown here but ‘least do they know that it is the result of your sweat’. “Sri Lanka today is the 3rd highest exporter of tea and it is possible only because of your hard work,” he said.
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At the event, PM Modi remembered the journey of people who started their journey from India to Ceylon. “We remember your forefathers. Men & women of strong will & courage, who undertook the journey of their life from India to then Ceylon,” he said. PM added that people of Sri Lanka worked hard and fought for their rights and appreciated the fact that they did it peacefully. Talking about Tamil, Modi said it is one of the oldest languages in the world and added that it is a thing of pride that most people also speak Sinhala. “You speak one of the oldest-surviving classical languages in the world. It is a matter of pride that many of you also speak Sinhala,” he added.
Speaking about his origins, PM Modi said he hails from the land of Gujarat from where Mahatma Gandhi also came. He said Gandhi ji had visited Sri Lanka to spread the message of peace. “The Government and people of India are with you in your journey towards peace and greater prosperity. We have decided to extend 1990 Emergency Ambulance Service, currently operating in Western & Southern Provinces, to all other Provinces,” PM said.