After Wharton snub, Modi on Sunday addressed Indian diaspora through live video address from Gandhinagar, where he clearly said that secularism for him meant "India first".
During his address, Modi gave the mantra of ‘Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat' (One India, Excellent India) and added that Indians must move ahead with this mantra.
The Chief Minister further said that for him, secularism means "India First".
"Whatever we do, it must be for India. We must never let India, her honour, the dreams of the people be adversely affected. India first it must be," Modi added.
"If we follow this approach, secularism will automatically course through our veins," Gujarat Chief Minister said in a nearly hour-long speech, delivered in Hindi.
"We will not allow India's interests to suffer at any cost in terms of its prestige, dreams or the future of its youth."
The address was organised by the Overseas Friends of BJP and viewed live in New Jersey and Chicago, US states with significant presence of Indian-Americans.
Speaking on Gujarat, Modi said, "Gujarat has never said there are no problems or shortcomings, but we have confidence, we will weed them out."
"When we get a mandate of five years, we must work on that and serve people selflessly. If we do that then people will forgive our mistakes as well," Modi said.
In December 2012, Modi, helped BJP to come to power three times in a row.