‘World now accepts this century will be India’s’

By: | Published: September 29, 2015 12:06 AM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said Aadhar cards had helped weed out five crore fake gas connections and now subsidy was being given only for 13 crore units.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said Aadhar cards had helped weed out five crore fake gas connections and now subsidy was being given only for 13 crore units. This, he said, has resulted in  an annual saving of at least Rs 19,000 crore. He added that 30 lakh people had given up their gas subsidy under the ‘Give It Up’ campaign.

Addressing a large gathering of Indian-Americans at the Sap Centre in San Jose, he said the magic in their fingers was responsible for changing the world’s perception of the country. Using the analogy of cricket broadcasts, he said Indians in the US had a better view of what was happening in India than those who lived there. “You are making the world change from here. Those who resist change will become irrelevant in the 21st century,” he said to a near packed arena.

Standing on a podium that turned slowly so that he could address everyone present, Modi said the brain drain that we discussed for many years has now actually become brain gain. “I look at it differently. This is actually a brain deposit that is waiting for an opportunity to be of use to the motherland,” he said, that time has come.

“The world now accepts that this century will be India’s. And this has happened not because of me but the 1.25 billion Indians,” he said, adding that India has now moved from the fringes to become the focal point. Modi often had to pause for the cheering crowds to settle down.

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