London, Nov 12: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday, the first day of his three-day visit to Britain, cited his predecessors Jawaharlal Nehru and Manmohan Singh in his historic address to the joint session of the British Parliament.
"Many freedom fighters of India found their calling in the institutions of Britain," Modi, the first Indian prime minister to address the British Parliament, said.
"And many makers of modern India, including several of my distinguished predecessors from Jawaharlal Nehru and Manmohan Singh, passed through their doors," he said.
Modi said that even in a globalised world, London was still the standard for our times.
Earlier, Modi was greeted with a standing ovation when he entered the House of Commons.