Nairobi, July 10: Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached out to the people of Kenya and also the Indian diaspora based in that country during his visit there on Sunday (July 10).
Modi, who visited Kenya in the final leg of his four-nation tour to Africa which started with his arrival in Mozambique on July 7 (Thursday), addressed an audience at the Kasarani Stadium here. He was given a red-carpet welcome in Kenya.
Here are some of the high points of what Modi said at the gathering:
- It is a great honour for all of us that the president of Kenya (Uhuru Kenyatta) is present among us to grace the occasion.
- For me, for India and for the Indians, it is a great, great honour. He termed it a "symbol of love and affection".
- When we set our foot here, it felt we have come to "Mini Hindustan".
- Our ancestors had come here as labourers.
- They must have only heard about Ganga, Assam.Despite this,it's commendable that they have been able to preserve the (Indian)culture.
- Recently, the Indian-African summit took place in India, many African countries came, president of Kenya invited me to visit Kenya then.
- Africa is vital for India
- India is not a selfish nation, only bothered about ourselves. We believe in "Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam".
- India's real ambassadors are my Indian brothers and sisters spread all over the world.
- I have visited so many countries but never have I heard any complaint from Govts about Indians living in their respective countries.
- The world is facing an economic crisis but India is growing at a quick pace.
- Last 2 years, India faced drought like situation despite this we have been able to project 7.6 per cent growth rate.
- But we won't be stopping here, we have to attain 8 per cent growth rate, for which we are taking various measures.
- Today India is transforming, its because of the dedication and determination of 1.25 billion people of India.
- Improving the quality of life for the ordinary Indian, that is the main task of my government.
- World is facing 2 problems, today- Global warming and Terrorism.
- India's message for the world is that people who believe in humanity must come together to fight anti-human elements.
- It is our responsibility to conserve and preserve the nature for the coming generations.