‘Huge difference between pre-2014 and post-2014 India’: PM Modi tells Indian diaspora in Bali

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Speaking to the Indian diaspora in Indonesia on Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that “India is a ray of hope for the world in the 21st century”. He claimed that there is a huge difference between pre-2014 and post-2014 India. He said the country is now progressing at an “unprecedented speed and scale” while underlining that it is now the fastest growing major economy and ranks first in several sectors.

Addressing the Indian diaspora in Bali, he said that India and Indonesia are linked by a shared heritage and culture. “As I speak to you in Bali and we sing songs of Indonesian traditions, Bali Jatra Mahotsav is celebrated 1500 km from here – in Cuttack, India. This mahotsav celebrates thousands of years of trade relations between India and Indonesia,” Prime Minister Modi said on the sidelines of the G-20 summit.

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He said India has stood by Indonesia firmly during its “challenging times” while acknowledging the shared heritage and culture between the two countries.

While addressing the Indian diapora on the sidelines of the G-20 summit here, Modi recalled the devastating 2018 earthquake in Indonesia and New Delhi that launched the massive operation ‘Operation Samudra Maitri’ for humanitarian aid.

Prime Minister Modi said India-Indonesia relations were strong in both good times and tough times. “India has stood by Indonesia firmly in difficult times,” he said.

In 2018, when Modi visited Jakarta, he said that India and Indonesia may be 90 nautical miles apart, but in reality “we are not 90 nautical miles apart but 90 nautical miles close”.

“At a time when the great Ram Temple is taking shape in India, we also remember with pride Indonesia’s Ramayana tradition,” he said.

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Modi added on August 15 that India celebrated 75 years of independence, while Indonesia’s Independence Day comes two days after India’s – on August 17.

Earlier in the day, he met with US President Joe Biden on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Bali, where they discussed deepening the partnership between India and the US, including cooperation in various sectors such as critical and emerging technologies.

They also expressed their satisfaction with the close cooperation between India and the US in new groupings such as Quad and I2U2, the State Department (MEA) said.

Prime Minister Modi, addressing the G-20 summit in Bali on Tuesday, called for a ceasefire and diplomacy in the war between Russia and Ukraine. He also spoke about the challenges of climate change, the Covid pandemic and the importance of energy security in India.

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“India’s energy security is important for global growth as it is the fastest growing economy in the world,” said Prime Minister Modi. “We must not promote restrictions on energy supply and stability in the energy market must be ensured.” After the meeting in Indonesia, India will take over the chairmanship of the Group of 20 for one year.

India is currently part of the G20 troika (current, previous and upcoming G20 presidencies), comprising Indonesia, Italy and India. The Prime Minister attends the summit at the invitation of Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

Indonesia is the current chairman of the G-20. The G20 consists of 19 countries: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, the UK, the US and the European Union (EU).

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