India will hold Nepal's hand and wipe its tears: PM

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Apr 27, 2015 11:39 IST

In the seventh edition of his Mann Ki Baat radio programme, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that India would provide all possible help to earthquake-hit Nepal .

"For 1.25 billion Indians Nepal is their own, their pain is our pain. India will be with the people of Nepal at every step, we will hold their hand and wipe their tears," he said.

Recalling the events of the 2001 earthquake in Bhuj, Gujarat, the PM said his priority was the rescue operation in Nepal for which India has sent a team of experts and sniffer dogs.

An extensive relief and rehabilitation operation will follow, he added.

The PM also praised India's rescue operations in war-torn Yemen where Indian efforts helped in the evacuation of Indians and 960 foreign citizens. Lauding the Indian Air Force, the Navy and the foreign ministry, Modi said India had left a lasting impression on the world with its motto 'sewa parmo dharma' (service is the highest duty).

Commenting on recent sporting events, the PM disapproved of the country's reactions to the Indian cricket team's world cup semi-final loss. "Victory and loss are part of life and when our team loses we need to be with them and motivate them," he said.

He expressed his admiration for badminton ace Saina Nehwal and tennis star Sania Mirza for climbing to number one in the world rankings.

"I am proud to say that two daughters of the country have brought glory... I congratulate them and all other daughters of the country", he said.

The PM also said that he recently got the opportunity to take two important decisions which had been pending for last many years: A memorial for Babasaheb Ambedkar in Mumbai and an international centre dedicated to him in Delhi. "What the previous governments could not do for 20 years we have vowed to do in 20 months," Modi said adding the International centre in Delhi will be completed in less than 20 months.

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