Kuala Lumpur: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday sought to enhance India’s connect with its diaspora in Malaysia with a lavish praise of its accomplishments and a string of announcements, including for naming a cultural centre here after freedom fighter Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.
In his address to the diaspora on the second day of his visit to Malaysia, Modi said his government was prepared to work with the Malaysian government to build a memorial to Indian soldiers who laid down their lives in Malaysia during World War II.
Modi said India and Malaysia should recognise each other’s medical degrees, on which he would talk with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.
He talked of India and Malaysia drawing strength from their respective diversities.
“India is a land of unparalleled diversity… every citizen has equal rights which the court protects and government defends,” Modi said.
Describing terrorism as the “greatest threat to the world today”, Modi said there was need to delink religion from terror.
Modi said independent India owed a debt of gratitude to Malay-Indians.
“Your forefathers in thousands came forward to join Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and the Indian National Army. We will name our cultural centre here after Bose.”
“India is not confined to its territory. India exists in every Indian in every part of the world,” he added.
A cultural extravaganza showcasing the best of Indian and Malaysian talent preceded Modi’s speech.