PM Narendra Modi to Indian diaspora in Johannesburg: South Africa transformed Mohandas into Mahatma Gandhi

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Updated: July 9, 2016 12:30:53 AM

PM Narendra Modi in his address to the Indian diaspora in South Africa's Johannesburg said, "It was in South Africa that Mahatma Gandhi conceptualised his politics.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his address to the Indian diaspora in South Africa’s Johannesburg said, “It was in South Africa that Mahatma Gandhi conceptualised his politics. This is the birthplace of Satyagraha.” “South Africa transformed Mohandas into Mahatma,” PM Modi said, while addressing around 11,000 people.

“The beauty of Hindi, Tamil, Gujarati, Urdu and Telugu continues to enrich the fabric of South African society,” the Prime Minister said.

“You have come from far off places to bless me. I have the pleasure to meet you and it is a pleasure to address you all,” he said. “I am very grateful to you,” the Prime Minister said amidst ‘Modi! Modi!’ chants. “You are busy people, tied to your work and responsibility, but I thank you for taking out time for me and welcoming me with such warmth and affection. Your love and affection makes my visit all the more special,” Modi added.

“I sent each one of you personal invites to send your suggestions on the Narendra Modi app, I received 1000s of innovative suggestions that have helped enrich my interaction with you,” he told the Indian diaspora.

Watch: PM Modi’s full address to Indian community in South Africa’s Johannesburg

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