London: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday became the first Indian head to address the British parliament. The Prime Minister received a standing ovation when he arrived at the House of Commons. He concluded his speech to a loud round of applause.
Modi started with convey the warm congratulations to the Members of the House. And, greetings to the eminent leaders of Britain and great friends of India present here today. There are many things on which it is hard to tell anymore if they are British or Indian.
So, I stand here today, not as a visiting Head of Government, given the honour to speak in this temple of democracy. I am here as a representative of a fellow institution and a shared tradition.This year alone, we have had three exercises together.
The United Kingdom is the third largest investor in India behind Singapore and Mauritius. India is the third largest source of Foreign Direct Investment projects in the United Kingdom. Indians invest more in Britain than in the rest of European Union combined.
The UK remains a preferred destination for Indian students. And, I am pleased that an Indian company is taking a thousand British students to India to skill them in Information Technology.
We are working together in the most advanced areas of science and technology. Our security agencies work together so that our children return home safe and our increasingly networked lives are not prey to the threats on cyber space.
UK’s support has made it more possible for India to take her rightful place in global institutions and regimes. And, it has helped us both advance our common interests.
Federalism is no longer the fault line of Centre-State relations, but the definition of a new partnership of Team India.
In a nation connected by cell phones, Digital India is transforming the interface between Government and people.
Modi added, if you visit India, you will experience the wind of change. And, the motto of Sab Ka Saath, Sab Ka Vikas, is our vision of a nation, in which every citizen belongs, participates and prospers.
We must adopt a Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism in the UN without delay. There should be no distinction between terrorist groups or discrimination between nations. Oceans remain vital for our prosperity.
In Britain, you are more likely to use an umbrella against rain than the sun. But, my team defined the membership of the Solar Alliance in more precise terms.