"There are over six million Indians living in the Gulf and West Asia. We need to be alert to the unfolding developments in this part of the world. We have conveyed to the countries of the region that we have a stake in the peace and stability of this region, and that we expect that they would appropriately look after the interests of Indian communities in their countries," said Manmohan Singh.
While addressing the tenth Pravasi Bhartiya divas, he said "Pursuant to the law that was enacted to enable Non-resident Indians to vote in our national elections, the government has issued notifications for registration of overseas electors under the Representation of People Act, 1950."
"This constitutes the first major step to enable Indian residents abroad to participate in our election process," he added.