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India's moment of glory has finally arrived: Advani

If 20th century was the century of West, the 21st century belongs to India, said Deputy Prime Minister LK Advani on Saturday.

india Updated: Jan 11, 2004 11:17 IST

Instilling a sense of 'feel good' amongst 20-million odd Indian diaspora, Deputy Prime Minister LK Advani on Saturday said India's moment of glory has finally arrived. "If 20th century was the century of West, the 21st century belongs to India" he said.

Speaking on the second day of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, he assured that common man's 'feel-good' factor would soon be replaced by 'feel-great' if his party is voted to power again.

Lauding his Govt's achievements, he said that roping in Bhutan to come down heavily on India's insurgents groups' camping in Bhutan, was one of the biggest achievements of his Govt. "But the greatest is the new political climate in the country which has brought respect to India and Indians worldwide," he said.

Inviting Indian diaspora to create a melodious 'jugalbadi' with people living in India, he said Chinese diaspora, although more numerous than India's was more a diaspora of traders and businessmen whereas Indian diaspora is that of new-age professionals.

He appealed to the diaspora to erase the cynicism and scepticism from their minds that India stands only for corruption and that the situation is too worse and beyond redemption. "If we all work together we can weed out corruption", he said.

Mukesh Ambani, chairman Reliance Industries who also addressed the gathering said India could stride much faster if its education system is radically reformed. He called for ideation, innovation and original works from Indian research Institutes if they want to excel in the world of competition and globalisation.

He said that the restrictions and barriers should be removed for entrepreneurs and there should be more free trade zone if India wants to gain an edge.

He further added that the trends of Indian telecom sectors shows the country would soon achieve a position amongst the tops from its existing 46th position in the world.

Tarun Khanna, an Indian American professor of strategy at the Harvard University said Indian Diaspora have to learn a lot from the Chinese diaspora who have made tremendous progress over the centuries. "But we should not imitate them", he cautioned. Prof Tarun called for creating a monolithic 'Brand India' by Indians living overseas through their professional and entrepreneurship.

First Published: Jan 11, 2004 00:00 IST