Ahmedabad, Oct 2: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said the prestige of India and Indians has increased across the world and people now look at the Indian passport holders, with a sense of pride.
Addressing a function, organised in his honour at the airport here, soon after his arrival here for a brief visit to his home state Gujarat, Mr Modi said the prestige of India and its acceptability has increased across the globe. He said when he visited the United Nations, after becoming the Prime Minister for the first time and his proposal regarding the international Yoga Day was accepted quickly, he felt that the whole world was looking towards India eagerly.
Mr Modi claimed that when he visited the UN again after his electoral win in 2019, it seemed that all the nations in the world have accepted India. The world has a hope that India would have a major role in whatever change was possible, he noted. He also said that during an event organised by King of Jordan Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein, who comes in the direct lineage of Prophet Mohammed, the King had expressed similar views on terrorism, which was a matter a pride for India.
Mr Modi also talked about the recently-held 'Howdy Modi' in Houston of the US and said that the presence of President Donald Trump for a long time during the event, was also a success of India and Indians. He said that along with the Democrats, republican leaders were also present at the event.
'Today, the honour of Indians living abroad and that of the Indian passport has also increased. The whole world now looks at the Indian passport, with a sense of pride,' he said. Mr Modi thanked Mr Trump and Mayor of Houston Sylvester Turner, for successfully hosting the Howdy Modi event. He said the fact that the US President took a round of the venue, holding his hand without caring for the security, showed that the power and the credit of India has increased.
The Prime Minister would later visit the Sabarmati Ashram and address a conference of Sarpanches at Sabamati riverfront. He would also visit the venue of Navratri event at GMDC ground here, before returning to New Delhi. UNI