Diaspora’s strength can be driving force for India: Modi

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Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi delivering the inaugural address to the Indian Diaspora at the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2015, in Gandhinagar, Gujarat on January 08, 2015.

Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi delivering the inaugural address to the Indian Diaspora at the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2015, in Gandhinagar, Gujarat on January 08, 2015.
Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi delivering the inaugural address to the Indian Diaspora at the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2015, in Gandhinagar, Gujarat on January 08, 2015.
Gandhinagar: India Prime Minister Narendra Modi said every NRI is like a power and if the strength of the entire diaspora can be consolidated, it could become a driving force for India’s progress.

Addressing the inauguration of the 13th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas here, the world’s largest annual gathering of people of Indian origin, Modi also said that he has fulfilled his promise to the diaspora of merging the Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) and Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) cards.

He exhorted the diaspora to come and contribute to India’s success in any way possible, including knowledge, expertise or skills.
Modi said the world is ready to “embrace India” and cited as an example the fact that his proposal at the UN to institute an international yoga day was supported by a record 177 nations and in just 100 days.

He said even if a solitary NRI is present anywhere in the world, India is alive and present in that corner of the world through him or her.