India Abroad

Not Reforms, This Is A Transformation Of India: PM Modi To Diaspora In Sweden

| April 18 , 2018 , 08:25 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on visit to Sweden, the first prime ministerial visit to the nation in 30 years, addressed a gathering of the Indian diaspora at the Stockholm University on Tuesday. PM Modi on his arrival to Sweden had been warmly welcomed by Swedish PM Stefan Lofven and by the Indian community.

During the address, PM Modi said that the new programs and initiatives taking place in India are not reforms, but rather are a transformation.

"Namaskar everyone. This will be my shortest speech ever because i know who you are waiting for," Swedish PM Lofven said introducing PM Modi.

"I want to thank his majesty King of Sweden, the Prime Minister and the people who of Sweden for welcoming me and my delegation with so much of warmth," PM Modi said.

"Language can be different, circumstances varied, but there is one thing that binds is all- and that is of being Indian," he said. 

"Whether it be Africa or the small countries of a Pacific Ocean, or ASEAN, Europe or Asian countries, all of them view India as a trustworthy friend," said PM Modi.

"There used to just slogans about Garibi Hatao. Now empowerment is a tool especially for women who have been poverty stricken," he said.

"Many of you left India years ago. You might recall, one had to wait for days for LPG gas cylinder. Now suppliers call and ask 'can we deliver a cylinder'" PM Modi said.

"All these programs are not reforms. This is transformation. This is our promise. We will transform  India. The road ahead is long but we have our destination in sight and determination in heart," the Indian PM said.

"We have one embassy in Sweden but we have more than one ambassador. Each one of you is our ambassador. If you have your heart in innovation come be a part of enterprise of New India," said PM Modi to Indian diaspora in Sweden.

PM Modi was in Sweden to attend the Indo-Nordic Summit which will be attended by the Prime Ministers of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, and Norway respectively, apart from Swedish PM Lofven. On Wednesday he arrived in London where he would hold a bilateral summit with British Prime Minister Theresa May and attend this year's Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London.

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While on 9 March , 2018 , US President Trump has accepted offer to meet Kim Jong Un to find a solution to key issues which could keep war away , Sweden offered few days earlier to that date to assist Trump in the talks as Sweden has diplomatic relations with North Korea for several years past. This is obviously an opportunity also for Sweden to come closer to the US for probable partnership in economy or any other relationship which could be strategic as well. It may be apt to bring in here the news report which said that Sweden has so far no formal partnership dealings with the US. So the development could be perceived as an opportunity for Sweden. Later news reports also said that North Korea Foreign Minister was in Sweden on 15 March 2018 amid planning for Trump-Kim meeting . Some days later on 16 April 2018 , India’s PM Narendar Modi is visiting Sweden probably for exploring partnership or trade. In the context of these developments in relation to Sweden , it may be appropriate to know this Vedic astrology writer’s related prediction for Sweden made last year in October , 2017 through brief prediction titled as : “ 2018 - an opportune year for Sweden when economy could be better fed by arts , films , entertainment and PARTNERSHIP”. In substance , the year 2018 , more so March to mid-July , was predicted to be providing opportunity to Sweden of partnership in trade or commerce and economy which may have prospect of bringing , sooner or later, chances of boosting up trade and economy. The prediction was emailed by this writer to a large number of newspapers of Sweden and elsewhere last year in October , 2017.