Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that India is witnessing a 'massive transformative phase' today and added that the country's services towards humanity are being appreciated worldwide.
Addressing an Indian Community Event in Tokyo as part of the 13th India-Japan Annual Summit on Monday, the Prime Minister said, "India is going through a massive transformative phase today. The world is appreciating India for its services towards humanity. The policies being made in India, the work being done towards public welfare, for these the nation is being felicitated today".
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Inviting the Indian community in Japan to contribute actively in building a "new India", Modi said that India is continuously working with the spirit of Indian solutions-global applications. He said that India's model of financial inclusion, especially JAM (Jan Dhan Yojana, Mobile, Aadhar) trinity and digital transaction model, is now appreciated all over the world.
He hailed the expanding network of telecommunications and internet in in the country.
"Today India is making tremendous progress in the field of digital infrastructure. Broadband connectivity is reaching villages, over 100 crore mobile phones are active in India. 1 GB is cheaper than a small bottle of cold drink. This data is becoming the tool for service delivery," Modi said.
Speaking about 'Make in India' initiative, Modi said the initiative has emerged as global brand.
"We're manufacturing quality products not only for India but for the world. India is becoming a global hub, especially in field of electronics and automobile manufacturing. We're rapidly moving towards being no 1 in mobile phones manufacturing," he said.
He said that solutions or innovations taking place in India are not only cost-effective but the best in quality as he cited India's space programme as an example.
"Last year our scientists created a record by launching over 100 satellites into space simultaneously.We sent Chandrayaan and Mangalyaan at a very low cost. India is preparing to send Gaganyaan into space by 2022. Gaganyaan will be 'Indian' in all aspects and the one travelling in it will also be an Indian," he said.
Modi said India is becoming one of the fastest growing big economy due to the development taking place in the country.
"After seeing these developments, international agencies say that India would drive the growth of the global economy in the coming decade," he said.
He said Japan and the Indian diaspora has a big role to play in India's growth story.
Modi emphasised on the Japanese contribution in creating smart infrastructure for building a ‘New India’.
"From bullet train to smart cities, Japan is contributing in all the new India infrastructure that is being built," he said.
Terming the Indian community as ambassadors of India in Japan, the prime minister urged them to invest in India and to maintain cultural ties with the motherland.
He urged the Indian community to strive to continuously improve the relations between India and Japan.
Modi hailed the Indian diaspora for introducing Kabbadi and cricket in Japan where martial art is very popular.
"Just as lamps light up the dark during Diwali, wherever you are, you are spreading the light of India to every corner of the world and Japan and making the country proud," the prime minister said.
Modi also invoked the legacy of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel at the event.
"We celebrate Sardar Patel's birth anniversary every year, but this time we will grab the attention of the entire world. In Gujarat, his birthplace, Sardar sahab's statue - the tallest in the world - is being built," he said.
The structure is reportedly twice the height of the Statue of Liberty in the United States. It is being constructed at the banks of River Narmada in Gujarat.
He invited the Indian diaspora for the Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas in January in Varanasi and Ardh Kumbh.
PM Modi who arrived in Japan on Sunday is slated to hold a a formal summit with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe on Monday in Tokyo, during which strengthening bilateral security and economic cooperation is expected to be high on the agenda.
Earlier on Sunday, Modi was affectionately received by Abe on his arrival at the Hotel Mount Fuji in the scenic Yamanashi prefecture, west of Tokyo.
The two leaders took a stroll in the garden following which Abe hosted a luncheon for Modi at the scenic resort by Mount Fuji.
Modi presented Abe two handcrafted stone bowls and dhurries made from rose quartz and yellow quartz stone sourced from Rajasthan. A Jodhpuri wooden chest from Rajasthan with traditional work was also presented. The gifts were specially crafted on the occasion of Modi's visit to Japan.
After luncheon, they visited a factory of industrial robot manufacturer Fanuc Corp.
It is the first time that Abe has invited a foreign political leader to his holiday home in the village of Narusawa in the prefecture.
"Extremely grateful to PM @AbeShinzo for the warm reception at his home. I am truly honoured by this gesture. PM Abe also taught me the Japanese way of eating food using chopsticks!" Modi tweeted.
In September last year, Modi had hosted Abe in his home state of Gujarat.