PM Modi visits Shwedagon Pagoda, grave of Bahadur Shah Zafar in Myanmar
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday visited the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, one of the most revered sites in Myanmar, on the last day of his three-day first bilateral visit to this Buddhist-majority country.
With a gold-plated, 99-meter tall (325 feet) spire encrusted with diamonds and rubies, the pagoda towers over Yangon and is the spiritual centre of the Burmese Buddhism.
Modi later paid his respects at the Martyrs’ Mausoleum and performed ‘puja’ at the Kalibari Temple.
Yangon served as the capital of Myanmar until 2006, when the military government relocated the capital to the purpose-built city of Naypyidaw in central Myanmar.
He also visited Bogyoke Aung San Museum with Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi Aung San Suu Kyi.
On Wednesday, Prime Minister Modi visited the famous Ananda Temple in Myanmar’s ancient city, Bagan, which was damaged in an earthquake in 2016 and is being renovated with India’s assistance.
India and Myanmar have agreed that terrorism remains one of the major threats to peace and stability in the region. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi discussed the security situation prevailing along the long land border and maritime boundary.
The Prime Minister said his government has always taken bold and tough decisions aimed at people’s welfare as for them, the nation is above everything else.
“For us, the nation is above everything else. That is why we have always taken bold and tough decisions aimed at people’s welfare,” Prime Minister Modi said, while addressing the Indian community in Yangon at the Thuwunna Stadium.
Emphasising Myanmar’s value in India’s freedom struggle, Prime Minister Modi said that this is the sacred land from where Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose gave the slogan of ‘give me blood and I will give you freedom’.
He appreciated the role of the Indian diaspora in contributing towards to the development of wherever they have settled, adding that they also kept in touch with their roots.
The Prime Minister also said Yoga was globally recognised due to efforts of the Indians living in different parts of the world.