Tokyo (Japan): Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is in Japan to attend the 13th India-Japan annual summit, addressed the Indian diaspora at the Indian Community Centre in Japan’s Tokyo on Monday. Wishing the Indian community a happy Diwali, Modi said, “Jis tarah Diwali is the only way I can say that I do not want to make my country proud and I do not want to do anything because I do not know what you are doing today, I am very excited about this for you.”

PM Modi began his address with how India is being appreciated for its work towards humanity and the work that’s being done towards the public welfare. “India is going through a massive transformative phase today. The world is appreciating India for its efforts towards services towards humanity. The policies being made in India, the work being done towards public welfare, for these the nation is being felicitated today.”

He further added that today, India is making tremendous progress in the field of digital infrastructure. “Broadband connectivity is reaching villages, over 100 crore mobile phones are active in India,1 GB is cheaper than a small bottle of cold drink. This data is becoming the tool for service delivery,” PM Modi said at the Indian Community Centre in Tokyo.

“Make in India emerged as a global brand today. We’re manufacturing quality products not only for India but for world. India is becoming a global hub, especially in the field of electronics and automobile manufacturing. We’re rapidly moving towards being number 1 in mobile phones manufacturing,” he said. Mentioning the tallest in the world statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in Gujarat, PM Modi said that “Sardar sahab ki pratibha jitni oonchi thi, pratima bhi utni hi oonchi banegi.”

Speaking of India’s latest ventures into space, PM Modi mentioned that the country is preparing to send Gaganyaan into space by the year 2022. Gaganyaan will have an Indian travelling into it, he said. “Last year our scientists created a record by launching over 100 satellites into space simultaneously. We sent Chandrayaan and Mangalyaan at a very low expense. India is preparing to send Gaganyaan into space by ’22. It’ll be Indian in all ways and one travelling in it, will also be an Indian,” he said.

PM Modi on Sunday gifted his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe two handcrafted stone bowls and durries. Modi, who arrived here on Saturday for his annual bilateral summit with Abe, was received by the latter at the Yamanashi prefecture, close to the iconic Mount Fuji, earlier in the day.