Prime Minister Modi addressed the Indian community in Johannesburg. Addressing the Indian diaspora, Modi said South Africa is the land of Mandela and karma bhoomi of Mahatma Gandhi .
He said, “India’s success story can be defined in 4 letters. Those 4 letters are- HOPE. where H is for harmony, O for optimism, P for potential and E for energy,” adding that both India and South Africa have huge demographic opportunities.
Here are the updates from his speech:
I felt happy to be among you. Thank you. Namaste!
Your achievements, your contribution and your success, make us all proud,. It has been a privilege for me to connect with you.
You are a window to India’s heritage, to our ethos and our values.
Brothers and sisters, a resurgent India awaits you. OCI and POI schemes have been rolled into one. In Feb this year, we launched e-visa for South Africa. You can bow get Indian visa sitting at home in your email and that too at no cost.
We live in an age of global challenges; fight against terrorism, piracy, AIDS & Ebola are some of the key areas of our partnership
Together we can create new values for our friends in Africa. We can work together to fight poverty, hunger and malnutrition.
Our development and business partnerships are already doing well. But we must do more. Together, we can create new enterprises, new skills and new social values.
Both India and South Africa have huge demographic opportunities. We both have a young population. 2/3rd of people in India re below the age of 35. Similar is the story of African continent and South Africa.
Today, India’s success story can be defined in 4 letters. Those 4 letters are- HOPE. where H is for harmony, O for optimism, P for potential and E for energy.
The citizens of India are full of optimism.
India like South Africa is a young nation. We want our youth to be the engine that pulls India’s economy and society. The plan is to generate over 500 million new jobs in India by 2022.
We are also shaping a digital revolution, A revolutuon that will change the way govt engages with its citizens. A revolution will rests on digital infra that allows free flow of information and ideas.
India’s dynamism is driven by concrete action.
India today is one of the brightest spots in the global economy. In a world marked by reducing growth rates and economic slowdown, India registered a healthy growth rate of 7.6% this year and we are working to grow over 8% and more in the years ahead.
In his farewell to South Africa in July 1914, Mahatma Gandhi said “this sub continent has become to me a sacred and dear land, next only to my motherland. I leave the shore of South Africa with a heavy heart and the distance that will now separate me from South Africa but will draw me closer to it and its welfare will always be a matter of great concern”.
South Africa is a sacred land. It is the land of Mandela and karmabhoomi of Mahatma Gandhi. The path this two great men have shown us and the freedom they have won for us is an inspiration for all of mankind.
You are the proud sons and daughters of Indian heritage. You are the hard working and loyal citizens of South Africa. You are also part of the flourishing global Indian family.
South African freedom struggle has many heroes among you.
It was here that Mahatma Gandhi conceptualised his politics. This is the birth place of Satyagraha. South Africa transformed Mohandas into a Mahatma.
You ancestors were one of the first to leave the shores of India. You should be proud.
The colours of Holi, sparkles of Diwali, tastes of Pongal and festivities of Eid are not just rainbow of Indian culture, they also symbolise diversity of South Africa.
India was first country to embrace South Africa after demolishing apartheid.
Centuries ago our ancestors travelled to South Africa. They faced hardship and extreme poverty.
Do you know the importance of July 10? On this day in 1991, international sanctions on South Africa’s cricket team were removed and after few days, South Africa played their first international match in India: PM
Our common, cultural, religious and spiritual heritage ensures we remain connected, both in our hearts and our minds.
From across the vast Indian ocean, I bring with me best wishes of 1.25 billion Indians. Before starting my visit, I had personally emailed all of you inviting ideas for today’s visit. I received thousands of innovative and useful suggestions. on Narendra Modi app.
Thank you for welcoming me with such warmth and affection: PM Modi
11:21pm: PM Modi begins his speech with ‘Namaste’, says it is a pleasure to be in South Africa
Earlier during the day, Modi addressed the business meet in Pretoria where he called South Africa a key trade and investment partner and said both the nations must look at ways to diversify the trade basket.
Pointing out that the relations between India and South Africa are built on a strong foundation of history, Prime Minister Modi said Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi brought political freedom and it is the time to work for economic freedom.
India and South Africa also signed four agreements following delegation-level talks headed by Modi and South African President Jacob Zuma in Pretoria.