PM Modi addresses Indian Diaspora in Berlin, seeks support for ‘Vocal for Local’

3 May, 2022 | Vaishali Sharma

Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered a speech to the Indian diaspora in Berlin’s Potsdamer Platz on Monday. The event drew more than 1600 members of Germany’s strong Indian community,...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered a speech to the Indian diaspora in Berlin’s Potsdamer Platz on Monday. The event drew more than 1600 members of Germany’s strong Indian community, including students, academics, and professionals. The Prime Minister praised them for their contributions to Germany’s economy and society, and encouraged them to support India’s “Vocal for Local” programme by promoting Indian products throughout the world.

In his address, he discussed how the country is changing due to reforms, as well as a digital revolution in the country.

Key Points of the address

Previously, there was a one nation but two constitutions. It took seven decades to establish a single nation and a single constitution. It is only now that it has been implemented: Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks to members of the Indian community in Berlin, Germany.

Today, all global parameters say that several dozens of these startups have become unicorns. It’s not restricted to unicorns alone, today I can proudly say that numerous unicorns in my country are becoming decacorns too. It means they are crossing the level of USD 10 Billion.

Today, Govt isn’t chaining down the innovators, it’s pushing them forward by pumping vigour in them. If you want to innovate in geospatial area, or build new kinds of drones or rockets or satellites – today India offers the most open and nurturing environment for this.

The price of Internet data is so low in India that it is unbelievable for many nations. Last year, India’s share was 40% in Real-time global digital payments… Now no PM will have to say that I send Re 1 from Delhi but only 15 paise reaches.

New India doesn’t think of a secure future alone. It takes risks, it innovates, it incubates. I remember that around 2014, our country had only 200-400 startups. Today, the country has more than 68,000 startups.

Before 2014, wherever you used to see, everything would be a work in progress.I’m not criticising anyone but if a road was made, then it’s dug up for electricity, then for water. To end this, we’ve made PM Gati Shakti master plan to bring all stakeholders to one platform.

After independence, the country decided a path, a direction. But the numerous changes that should have taken place with time, the speed with which it should have been done, the extensive manner in which it should have been done, we lagged behind due to one or the other reason.

Due to the traditions of the British, there was a wide gap of trust between government and people. There were clouds of doubt as there was an absence of speed needed to change what was seen during British rule. It was demand of time that presence of Govt go down in the life of common people.

Minimum government, maximum governanance! There should not be the absence of government wherever it is needed but it should also not be wherever it is not needed.

Through reforms, we are transforming the country. For reform, political will is needed. Today India is moving forward in all fields including quality of life, quality of education & others. The country, bureaucracy, governmentt offices are same but now we are getting better results.

The people of India ended the politically unstable atmosphere of the last three decades by pressing a button. After 30 years a full majority govt was elected in 2014 and the people of India made the government stronger in 2019.

We’re celebrating 75 yrs of independence this year. I’m the first PM who was born in independent India. The peak on which India would be at the time it celebrates 100 years of independence, India is strongly taking step after step&walking swiftly toward that goal.

Today, I’m here to neither talk about myself nor Modi Govt. I want to talk to you about the capabilities of crores of Indians & sing their praises. When I speak about crores of Indians, it includes not only the people who live there but also those who live here.

My words include all the children of Maa Bharati who live in every corner of the world.

I’m fortunate that I received the opportunity to meet the children of ‘Maa Bharti’ in Germany. It feels great to meet all of you. Many of you’ve come here, to Berlin, from different cities in Germany: PM Narendra Modi addresses members of the Indian community, in Berlin.