PM Narendra Modi addresses Indian community in Brussels
31 March 2016,
Brussels: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday addressed the Indian community in Belgium’s capital Brussels and offered condolences to the families of the victims of the terror attack which took place on March 22.
Emphasising on the issue of terror, PM Modi said that terrorism is not just a problem for one nation but the whole of humanity. India has been battling terror for decades, and now the world must fight terrorism together.
Addressing a packed Indian community event at the Brussels Expo, winding up a day choc-a-bloc with official diplomatic events, Modi said the world needs to unite against terrorism and should stop differentiation between good terror and bad terror.
“India has not bent before terrorism, and there is no question of bending. But the challenge is a huge one. I have spoken to many important leaders, including religious ones, and explained to them the need to delink terror from religion. No religion teaches terrorism,” he said.
PM Modi also said that United Nation has a responsibility of acting against terrorism and faces the danger of becoming irrelevant if it fails to tackle it.
“Recently in India, liberal Islamic scholars held a big meeting, linked to Sufism… They said those who speak of terror are un-Islamic. The more such voices rise, the faster the radicalisation of youth can be prevented. Can’t tackle terrorism with only bombs and guns. Misfortune of the world is that the UN does not know how to tackle terrorism,” he said.
Speaking about his government schemes like OROP, Jan-Dhan Yojana, PM Modi said in the era of global economic slowdown, India was a still a ray of hope for the world. The Prime Minister spoke about government’s initiatives taken in regard for empowering women in the country.
PM also mentioned that they were able to resolve the Land Boundary Agreement with Bangladesh which had been pending for decades.
Mentioning the achievements of his government in various sectors like coal and fertilisers, PM said, after the independence, it was for the first time that maximum amount of coal and urea was produced in the country.
The Prime Minister also talked about his government’s initiative to provide electricity to 18000 villages in India and said out of those, almost 7,012 villages have been electrified between 2015-2016. He informed that there is a ‘Garv’ app, through which any one can check how many villages have been electrified and know about progress happening in rural electrification.
After concluding his speech in Brussels, PM Modi tweeted: