We don’t covet others’ territory: PM Modi

In a subtle dig at China’s One Belt-One Road project, PM Narendra Modi said that India didn’t covet other country’s resources or territory and its external policies were based on human values and not profit and loss.

After inaugurating the first-ever conference of parliamentarians and political leaders of Indian origin from across the world, Modi said the world’s perception of India had changed in the past 3-4 years and that “reform to transform” was his government’s mantra. “Our development aid depends on the needs and priorities of those countries. We have no intention of exploiting their resources and we don’t eye their territory,” Modi said.

The first conference of its kind meant to tap the Indian diaspora for the country’s development saw 134 PIO parliamentarians from 23 countries. “At a time when the world is divided by ideologies, India believes in‘sabka saath, sabka vikas’,” Modi said as he urged the parliamentarians to spread India’s message of inclusiveness.

Talking about economic reforms by his government, he said it fetched $60 billion in FDI in 2016-17. Modi asked the diaspora community to take advantage of the government's ‘visiting adjunct joint research faculty’ under which they can work up to three months in India.

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