Manila, November 13: Speaking with the Indian diaspora population in Manila, Philippines, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday urged NRIs to do more for their country. “Our efforts are aimed at transforming India and making sure everything in India is up to world standards,” PM Modi said to NRI Indian community present at the venue.

PM Modi addressed the Indian diaspora on the sidelines of the 31st ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Summit being held in Manila, Philippines. On Monday afternoon PM Modi also held bilateral talks with US President Donald Trump.

Following his meeting with Trump, PM Modi said that the relations between the two nations are growing and that the two countries are working for future interests of Asia and humanity. The meeting lasted for about 45 minutes behind closed doors. PM Modi then went on to address ASEAN Business Summit in Manila and talked about India’s jump in ease of doing business ranking and emerging as a frontrunner in attracting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to India.

Here are highlights of PM Modi’s address:

  • I have come to a nation and a region that is very important for India. India has emerged as a frontrunner in attracting FDI. NRIs can do more than embassies.
  • Whenever something bad happens in India, I know that you lose your night’s sleep. And when something good happens, you are filled with pride.
  • Our efforts are aimed at transforming India and ensuring everything in our nation matches global standards.
  • Indians embrace people with warmth wherever they go, says PM at a diaspora event in Manila.
  • In both the world wars, our soldiers had no stake but they sacrificed their lives. Today, we can say with pride that Indians are givers and never takers. Ours is the land of Gandhi and Buddha.
  • India has always contributed to world peace. Our contingent in the UN Peacekeeping Forces is among the biggest.
  • 21st century is the considered to be the Century of Asia. We must ensure that it is known as the Century of India in the future. Nothing is impossible for India.
  • Who doesn’t want cleanliness? We have started from where Mahatma Gandhi left and till now more than 2 lakh villages in India have become open defecation free.
  • Our (India’s) progress cannot be stopped once it gets to the level field.
  • Earlier (before 2014), all people used to talk about was ‘kitna gaya’ (how much money we lost in any scam), after 2014, all people ask me is ‘kitna aaya’ (how much have we gained).

(With input from ANI)