Narendra Modi became the first Indian prime minister to address the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos today during which he talked about “serious” challenges and “grave concerns” facing the world, including terrorism.
Climate change and terrorism are grave concerns before the world, Modi said, while asserting that terrorism is dangerous but what is equally dangerous is the “artificial distinction” made between ‘good terrorist’ and ‘bad terrorist’.
Speaking at the plenary of the WEF annual summit, Modi also said it is painful to see some youngsters getting radicalised, adding that India’s position on the menace of terrorism is well known and he would not like to elaborate on that.
Later in the day, Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, who received Crystal Award in Davos on Monday, also discussed women empowerment in India during 'An Insight, An Idea' session at the World Economic Forum 2018.
Shah Rukh received the award on Monday for his "leadership in championing children's and women's rights in India" with the help of Meher Foundation - an organisation that works extensively towards empowering women subjected to acid attack.
PM Narendra Modi also interacted with the members of international business community of the WEF. The PM also held meetings with global leaders at the sidelines of the event.
AS IT HAPPENED: India at World Economic Forum 2018 Summit in Davos
09:15 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi departs for India from Zurich, Switzerland.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi departs for India from Zurich, Switzerland. pic.twitter.com/YXQAvKNWjL— ANI (@ANI) January 23, 2018
08:15 pm: PM Modi had fruitful meetings with the Chairman Schneider Electric, CEO ABB Group News and CEO, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board on the sidelines of WEF in Davos, tweets MEA India
As it Happened: Shah Rukh Khan at 'An Insight, An Idea' at World Economic Forum 2018 in Davos:
Watch video of Shah Rukh Khan's discussion at World Economic Forum 2018 Summit in Davos here
08:06 pm: 'Really happy to be here at Davos', Shah Rukh Khan ends his discussion at 'An Insight, An Idea' session at the World Economic Forum 2018 in Davos.
08:05 pm: Equality is God-given, we are all born equal and earth resources should be distributed likewise. Some of us who get to be gatekeeper must open the gates and let everyone in: Shah Rukh Khan
08:03 pm: Working with women has always filled me with so much courage. Looking at their problems, I feel I do not have issues in my personal life. Women do not talk about their problems to everyone: Shah Rukh Khan
08:00 pm: They end up being known as the girl who worked with Shah Rukh Khan, this is sad: Shah Rukh Khan
07:59 pm: I have known women who work really hard, come before time on the movie sets and it is sad that they do not get the recognition they deserve: Shah Rukh Khan
07:58 pm: 'I don't spent time in the company of men', jokes Shah Rukh Khan
07:57pm: Educating the ladies and girls of the country is extremely important for the development of the country: Shah Rukh Khan
07:56 pm: What Prime Minister Modi said today about India and its traditions is commendable. His initiatives like 'beti bachao beti padhao' are outstanding, atleast he bought such transitions to core: Shah Rukh Khan
07:54 pm: PM Modi has brought positive changes for betterment of women in the country with schemes like Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao, end of Triple Talaq: Shah Rukh Khan
07:53 pm: Indian government has recently brought a new legislation to recognise acid attack victims and designate funds for free treatment, which is a massive positive step: Shah Rukh Khan
07:50 pm: Only thing women want are not to be defined, highest form of equality is to let women be women: Shah Rukh Khan
07:48 pm: Very soon social distinction based on gender will fall through: Shah Rukh Khan
07:44 pm: Would like to employ all the women, acid attack victims we have helped through Meher Foundation: Shah Rukh Khan
07:40 pm: Two Kashmiri kids with burn injuries inspired me to start working for social causes: SRK
07:35 pm: When I started working for women causes, I had not idea I will win such honour; Shah Rukh Khan on WEF award
06:59 pm: PM with Indian CEOs present at the World Economic Forum working hand-in-hand towards a brighter future for the country, tweets MEA India.
06:55 pm: BJP president Amit Shah praised PM Modi's speech at WEF 2018. In a series of tweets, Shah said that the PM raised key issues like terrorism, climate change and protectionism, which is is a reason of pride for all Indians.
"PM @narendramodi's speech at @wef plenary in Davos is a reason of pride for all Indians. He has perfectly articulated India's strengths and aspirations in the multi-conceptual world!," he tweeted.
"PM @Narendramodi has raised his voice against terrorism at every global forum. At @wef too, he gives a clarion call to the world, to unite to defeat the menace of terrorism," the BJP presidnet said in another tweet.
06:50 pm: PM Narendra Modi interacts with International Business Council
06:30 pm: PM Narendra Modi meets Queen Maxima of Netherlands on the sidelines of the WEF 2018
Yesterday the PM had interaction with 64 CEOs from around the world, 40 of them from other countries & 24 from India. Total market capitalisation of these companies is $3.6 trillion. It was an important interaction. 15 CEOs shared their thoughts: Ramesh Abhishek, DIPP Secy #Davos pic.twitter.com/cCij5hQ6B2— ANI (@ANI) January 23, 2018
05:45 pm: I think PM lived up to expectations of the entire world community. He asked the world to come together & also lived up to the expectation of offering a lead to world community to discover their future: :Jitendra Singh, MoS PMO
05:38 pm: PM gave an excellent speech. It is a historical day for India. PM gave very good message to global community especially on geopolitics, terrorism & environmental issues.: N. Chandrababu Naidu, Andhra Pradesh CM
05:26 pm: PM has a vision of creating a new India by 2022, He is saying that why not create a new World at the same time when we create a new India. That is the substance of his speech, 'New World with New India': Suresh Prabhu, Union Minister
05:24 pm: It wasn't speech of a political leader but that of a statesman, a global leader. He also talked about what India is doing. He gave a message that we are here not only to speak but what we speak is transformed into action: Devendra Fadnavis, CM of Maharashtra
05:07 pm: PM Narendra Modi met PM of Canada Justin Trudeau in Davos
PM @narendramodi met with @CanadianPM Justin Trudeau. Leaders discussed issues of mutual interest. A strategic partnership underpinned by shared values of democracy and pluralism! #IndiaAtDavos pic.twitter.com/b8Fc9dhpEL— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) January 23, 2018
05:07 pm: "Dear PM, Welcome to Switzerland! Please tell DAVOS why 1% of India’s population gets 73% of its wealth? I’m attaching a report for your ready reference," Congress chief Rahul Gandhi tweets after PM Modi's speech.
05:00 pm: PM spoke as a global statesman speaks not only about India but also globalisation and larger issues of climate change & terrorism. Yes he spoke about reforms, the world is going inward and India is globalising and is ready for business.: Rajan Mittal, VC & MD of Bharti Enterprises
AS IT HAPPENED: PM Modi's speech at World Economic Forum 2018 plenary session in Davos:
Watch Full Video of PM Modi's speech here-
05:00 pm: PM Modi concludes his keynote speech at the plenary session of the World Economic Forum 2018
04:59 pm: It was a very enthusiastic speech, PM talked about how Indian ethos can be a global role model in today's conflicting times: Dharmendra Pradhan,Union Minister
04:50 pm: If you want wellness with wealth, wholeness of life with health, prosperity with peace come to India. You are always welcome in India: PM Modi
04:47 pm: Let's realise the dream of Noble Laureate Gurudev Rabindra Nath Tagore of a society without social divides. Let us create a 'heaven of freedom', where there is cooperation and not division, fractures: PM
04:45 pm: Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah Sarve Santu Nir-Aamayaah | Sarve Bhadraanni Pashyantu Maa Kashcid-Duhkha-Bhaag-Bhavet (Om, May All become Happy, May All be Healthy (Free from Illness) May All See what is Auspicious, May no one Suffer in any way): PM
04:41 pm: India maintains largest UN Peacekeeping Mission army to ensure peace across the globe: PM
04:40 pm: During World War 2, at least 1.5 lakh Indians lost their lives fighting for humanity without any territorial interests: PM
04:39 pm: The people of India have put their faith in our govt and the strategies, they have whole-heartedly accepted the economic reforms we have brought in: PM
04:36 pm: You can imagine the amount of progress India is going to witness in the coming times, looking at the way we are moving forward at present: PM
04:35 pm: The talent of the people of India was engulfed into many challenges, our govt has managed to do away with much of those issues so that the youth of the country can work to their best: PM
04:32 pm: Today we are transforming India into one of the most fruitful destinations in terms of investments: PM
04:31 pm: 125 crore Indians are capable of creating a $5 trillion economy by 2025: PM
04:30 pm: India's path is - reform, perform and transform to increase ease of doing business: PM
04:29 pm: In 2014 after 30 years, Indians provided complete majority to any political party to form govt at the centre. We took the resolution for the development of everyone and not just a specific group. Our motto is 'Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas'.: PM Modi
04:26 pm: Many societies and countries are becoming self-centred. It seems that gloabalisation, as opposed to its definition, is shrinking. Such misplaced preferences can't be considered any lesser threat than terrorism or climate change. We must admit shine of globalisation is fading: PM
04:25 pm: Globalisation is wading off. Even as UN is still respected across the globe, but organisations set up after World War 2 have failed to catch up with the needs of the current world: PM
04:22 pm: Distinction between good and bad terrorism is as bad as terrorism itself: PM
04:21 pm: Terrorism is another big challenge that the world id facing today, people and the govt of all countries are well aware of terrorism: PM
04:20 pm: We in India are proud of our democracy and diversity. For a society with diverse religions, cultures, languages, attires and cuisines, democracy is not just a political system but a way of living: PM Modi
04:18 pm: Indian scriptures have been advocating austerity since thousands of years to respect Mother Earth and its resources: PM
04:16 pm: Mahatma Gandhi's Principle of Trusteeship to use things according to one's need is important. He was against use of anything for one's greed. We're today exploiting nature for our greed. We need to ask ourselves if this is our progress or regression: PM Modi
04:14 pm: PM Modi raises climate change at WEF keynote speech. "In these conditions ideally the world should have united to solve this situation, but has it happened? What can we do together to resolve the situation?" asks PM Modi
04:12 pm: India has always believed in values of integration and unity; PM
04:11 pm: India's motto 'Vadudev Kutubhkam' (World is family) is more relevant globally today to maintain peace: PM
04:10 pm: This year the topic here is 'Creating a shared future in a fractured world'. New powers are changing the balance between Economic & Political strength. This is indicating a change in future of the world. World is facing challenges in maintaining peace, stability & security: PM
04:08 pm: Issues of peace, security and stability have emerged as serious global challenges: PM Modi at WEF
04:07 pm: Data is creating new opportunities as well as new challenges today. People are working on data today while it is continuing to grow: PM
04:05 pm: Today we aim to build a progressive future with the present resources: PM
4:05 pm: Last time an Indian PM came to Davos was in 1997, when Deve Gowda ji had come. That time our GDP was little more than 400 billion dollars, now its more than six times: PM Modi
04:03 pm: You would have found jungles on Google, if you searched for 'Amazon' back in 1997. Tweeting was limited to just birds: PM
04:03 pm: Very few people had heard about Harry Poter and they were also unaware about Osama Bin Laden in 1997: PM
04:02 pm: I feel enthusiastic to be here attending the World Economic Forum in Davos: PM
I am happy to be in Davos to address the @wef. This Summit seems to find solutions to the various problems the world faces. I thank the people and Government of Switzerland for the warm welcome here: PM @narendramodi #IndiaMeansBusiness https://t.co/plnF2ehgs8 pic.twitter.com/pO40NbSkza— PMO India (@PMOIndia) January 23, 2018
04:00 pm: PM Modi begins address at WEF 2018 in Davos in Hindi
03:50 pm: In a bleak world, India presents a case of optimism and hope: Prof Schwab
03:40 pm: Swiss President Alain Berset welcome address at WEF. PM Modi to begin shortly.
03:35 pm: Professor Klaus Schwab, founder and chairman of WEF, gives welcome address ahead of PM Modi's keynote address.
03:25 pm: Minutes before his keynote address, PM Modi met President of Switzerland Alain Berset and Professor Klaus Schwab (Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum) in Davos
# PM Modi will start delivering the opening keynote address at 3:45 IST.
# PM Modi will pitch his vision of empowering each and every common man in India, said Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis who is also in Davos.
# The next World Economic Forum (WEF) Centre for Fourth Industrial Revolution is being proposed to be set up in Mumbai, said Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis.
Earlier on Monday, PM Modi told top CEOs that India means business and presents an exciting opportunity for global businesses.
Addressing a roundtable before a dinner meet on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum (WEF) gathering on Monday, Modi narrated India's growth story.
He was accompanied by top government officials including Secretary (Economic Relations) at the External Affairs Ministry, Vijay Gokhale, Foreign Secretary Jai Shankar and Secretary in the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) Ramesh Abhishek.
Under the tagline of 'India Means Business', the roundtable was attended by 40 CEOs of global companies and 20 from India.
India also got a thumbs up from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Monday, which reaffirmed that India's economy is projected to grow by 7.4 per cent in the next fiscal year.
"Narrating India's growth story and presenting exciting opportunities for global business in India at #Davos, PM @narendramodi hosted a roundtable meeting with CEOs of top global companies," Ministry of External Affairs said in a tweet.