PIO Parliamentarian Conference: You have preserved Indian culture, says Narendra Modi

New Delhi Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses at the first PIO Parliamentarian Conference in New Delhi on Jan 9 2018

PM Modi also said that a lot of positive changes are taking place in India.

He urged PIO parliamentarians to play the role of catalyst in India's economic development and added that values of Indian culture and civilisation can guide a world gripped in increasing instability.

"When concerns are growing around the world over radicalism and extremism, you can reiterate India's message of Sarba Dharma Samabhaba (religious harmony)", Prime Minister said after inaugurating a conference of Indian-origin members of foreign parliaments in New Delhi. "India has moved way ahead of the "jaisa pehle tha vaisa chalta rahega, kuch badlega nahi" (Let it be in whatever way it is) thinking, aims and aspirations of our people are on an all-time high and that is because of the transformation the country is going through". "Many others are also serving as Head of State and Head of Government in various other countries", PM Modi said.

This particular event is special as it includes the legislators and political leaders of Indian origin from different parts of the Indian diaspora.

During the natural disaster in Nepal, flood in Sri Lanka, water problems in the Maldives, India was the first to respond. "India's humanity even in grave situations like these is a part of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam", he added.

Prime Minister made the comment a day after Congress president Rahul Gandhi used his speech to another congregation of Indian diaspora held in Bahrain to accuse BJP-led government of dividing people of India along the lines of caste and religion. "When Prime Minister goes to G-20, he brings black money to centre stage and takes fearless decisions like demonetisation and the GST back home", she said.

January 9 is celebrated as Pravasi Bhartiya Divas (PBD), an annual celebratory day that marks the contribution of overseas Persons with Indian origin (PIO) towards their homeland.

Around 124 MPs from the UK, Canada, Fiji, Kenya, Mauritius, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and other countries are expected to participate in the conference.

Reaching out to the delegates the Prime Minister said India feels proud when there is news about how Indians living overseas are influencing the geo-politics of where they live and how they are making policies.

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