Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the crowd during the ‘Sawasdee PM Modi’ event in Bangkok on Saturday. (PIB/PTI)
By Manash Pratim Bhuyan :
BANGKOK INDIA has eliminated a big reason behind sowing of seeds of terrorism and separatism, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said here on Saturday, in a clear reference to abrogation of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir and reorganising of the State. Addressing the Indian diaspora here, Prime Minister Modi said his Government was working to fulfil those aims that seemed impossible. “You are aware that India has decided to eliminate a big reason behind sowing of seeds of terrorism and separatism,” Modi said. “When decision is right, its echo is heard across the globe.
And I can hear it in Thailand as well,” he said at the ‘Sawasdee PM Modi’ event. Modi also received a standing ovation after he referred to abrogation of Article 370 provisions. He said the ovation was for India’s Parliament and parliamentarians. Article 370 of the Indian Constitution was scrapped on August 5. It had “temporary provisions with respect to the State of Jammu and Kashmir” allowing it to have its own Constitution. The Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh, have been carved out of the State of Jammu and Kashmir, in accordance with the Government’s August 5 decision.
Expectations of people are more from those who work and deliver, he said to a huge applause from the audience. Modi told the audience that their appreciation for the decision is for India’s Parliament and parliamentarians. In his speech, Modi also talked about the Kartarpur Corridor opening and said that pilgrims will now be able to visit Kartarpur Sahib freely. He also highlighted his Government’s achievements such as Ujwala yojana. Due to changes in India in last five years, people gave bigger mandate to my govt this time, Modi said.
The Prime Minister also said India was committed and working hard to become a USD 5 trillion economy. Modi stresses historical ties with Thailand, boosting Act East Policy: Modi stressed on the centuries old close, historical and cultural links with Thailand and said that India’s north-east is being developed into a corridor to connect seamlessly with Southeast Asia. Addressing a packed diaspora event in the Thai capital, Modi said that Thailand and India have taken relations to a new height and that the ties were “from the heart and soul”.
Referring to the Act East Policy of the Government, Modi said that boosting India’s relations with the 10-member ASEAN is a major part of its foreign policy. “The north-east is being developed into a corridor for the ASEAN regions,” he said. Referring to the mega “Northeast India Festival” comprising trade, tourism, culture, academics and fashion that was held in February in Bangkok, he said it was part of the Act East Policy. Modi said once the Trilateral Highway is launched, “then north-east India and Thailand will have seamless connectivity.” “It will boost trade, tourism and give a new energy to tradition,” he said. Stressing that his Government is developing places of Buddhist religious interest as part of the Buddha circuit, he urged the Indian diaspora to bring along their Thai friends and visit the places that Lord Buddha was connected with.