Herat, June 4: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Salma Dam in Herat, considered to be the epitome of Afghan-India friendship. The project was launched by Modi along with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. At the launching ceremony, Modi once again exhibited his rhetorical skills by striking a chord with the Afghan lawmakers and civil society. Shunning away his image of a Hindu nationalist, Modi went on to glorify the brighter side of Islam, and used ‘Sufism, Quran, Ramzan’ to strike chord with the Afghan population.Also Read - 'Itna Jhooth Teleprompter Bhi Nahi Jhel Paya', Rahul Gandhi Mocks PM Modi Over Davos Speech Glitch

“The relationship between India and Afghanistan dates back to centuries. Sufism is one of our strongest bond. Today, I would like to recall the message of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti. He said, ‘we should have hospitality of rivers and generosity of earth.’ India and Afghanistan will live up to his message,” Modi said. (ALSO READ: Live: Narendra Modi kicks off 5-nation tour) Also Read - Displaced Families Forced to Sell Children, Organs to Survive in Taliban-Ruled Afghanistan

“The month of Ramzan is coming. This is a month of purity. The principles of Quran are to be followed. People in India and Afghanistan will observe fasting in this pious month. On this occasion, I wish the entire Muslim population across the world, a prosperous Ramzan,” the Indian Prime Minister added. Also Read - PM Modi Declares January 16 as National Startup Day, Calls Startups As Backbone of New India

Modi lauded the spirit of Afghan population in their fight against terrorism. “Afghan people have shown the greatest fight against terrorism. Your struggle is an inspiration for the entire world. One day, the dark era would get over. Your courage would spread as a light. It is already sending a tough message to the forces of destruction.”

Speaking about the Salma Dam in Herat, Modi said, “This project would retain the glory of Herat, the city which was once considered to be citadel of kings. The project would generate 42 megawatts of electricity, along with irrigation water for 75,000 hectares of land. India is proud to be part of this Afghan success story.” India will invest $275 million in the project, making it the most expensive offshore infrastructure project of Indian government.

“Success of Afghanistan is the dream of every Indian. We would like to see prosperity in our region, with a vibrant Afghanistan. We would like to see your cricket team players playing in the IPL,” Modi added.