Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on a three-day visit to Myanmar, on Wednesday said his government has always taken bold and tough decisions aimed at people’s welfare as for them nation is above everything else.
“For us, the nation is above everything else. That is why we have always taken bold and tough decisions aimed at people’s welfare,” Prime Minister Modi said while addressing the Indian community in Yangoon at Thuwunna Stadium in Yangon.
He said his government is not merely reforming the country but transforming India, adding that they are building a new India.
The Prime Minister said in addition to infrastructure, his government is focusing on infrastructure, which will help the hardworking farmers of the country.
Emphasising Myanmar’s value in India’s freedom struggle, Prime Minister Modi said that this is the sacred land from where Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose gave the slogan of ‘give me blood and I will give you freedom’.
He appreciated the role of Indian diaspora in contributing towards to the development of wherever they have settled, adding that they also kept in touch with their roots.
He said Yoga was globally recognised due to efforts of Indians living in different parts of the world.
Prime Minister Modi also lauded External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in helping people in distress, and being sensitive to the concerns of every Indian in any part of the world.
He also took the platform to announce the decision to release 40 Myanmar fishermen presently lodged in Indian jails.
“I read somewhere five Bs are base of India-Myanmar relations – Buddhism, Business, Bollywood, Bharatnatyam and Burma teak…But, I think most important ‘B’ is missing here and that ‘B’ is ‘Bharosa’,” he said.
He also spoke about an India free from poverty, terrorism, corruption, communalism, casteism that is being created.
Prime Minister Modi noted that people to people ties are the strength of India- Myanmar relations.
“People of India have the confidence that India can be transformed and we can break free from some of the evils that entered our system,” he said.