Washington: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said India has succeeded in telling the world about the need to uproot the menace of terrorism and the surgical strikes conducted across the Line of Control (LoC) prove that the country can defend itself when needed.
"When India talked of terrorism 20 years back, many in the world said it was a law and order problem and didn't understand it. Now terrorists have explained terrorism to them so we don't have to," Modi said at a community reception at the Ritz Carlton in Tysons Corner, Virginia.
He said India has succeeded in telling the world about the need to uproot the menace of terrorism.
"When India conducted surgical strikes the world experienced our power and realised that India practices restrain but can show power when needed," the prime minister said as he highlighted the achievements of his government in the last three years.
India conducted surgical strikes on terror pads across the LoC on 29 September 2016 after the Uri attack. Modi said India has been a victim of terrorism, but "the world did not and cannot stop us. We have succeeded in conveying to the world the deleterious effects of terrorism on India."
In an apparent dig at China, Modi said that India believed in following the world order. India, he said, does not believe in achieving its goals by not following the global rules.
"This is India’s tradition and culture," he noted, apparently referring to China's assertiveness in the South China Sea.
Modi also promised to the Indian American community that he will fulfill their dreams of India's development.
Modi said he is relentlessly working to fast-track India's development wherein there is no scope for the corrupt and dishonest. He said that there has not been a single allegation of corruption against his government in the last three years.
People of India detest corruption & cheating. I am proud that in the last three years, there is zero tolerance towards corruption. pic.twitter.com/l5O9THRHcd
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 25, 2017
Modi said with the help of technology his government has developed a system where honesty is the common practice. "Technology brings transparency and helps in fighting corruption. The results are there for all to see," he said.
Modi also praised the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and Sushma Swaraj for giving a human face to diplomacy and effectively using social media in good governance. "MEA is one ministry of the government which has demonstrated through the use of social media, for the first time, that it cares for poorest of Indians," he said.
The prime minister assured the Indian-Americans that if they have a problem, the Indian embassy will always find a solution.
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Updated Date: Jun 26, 2017 07:06:36 IST