We want to create India you’re dreaming of: Narendra Modi
SYDNEY: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday
assured a visa-on-arrival facility for Australian tourists and announced a
two-month deadline for the long-pending merger of OCI and PIO status to woo the
Indian diaspora from whom he sought support for his ambitious Clean India
Addressing a frenzied crowd of around 20,000 in the
packed Allphones Arena here, Modi took a dig at the previous governments saying
while they were happy to make laws he was ‘happier to remove’ them.
“Let’s open the windows, let fresh air come in,” Modi
said referring to his government’s efforts to weed out obsolete laws.
Touched by the grand reception, Modi said he was
honoured and humbled and will never forget this day. “I know that behind this
affection lies expectations. Yes. We want to create the India you are dreaming
“This welcome, this respect, this enthusiasm I dedicate
it to the people of India,” said Modi, the first Indian Prime Minister to visit
Australia in 28 years.
Modi announced that his government was working on to
facilitate visa-on-arrival for Australian tourists and said the PIO (Persons of
Indian Origin) and OCI (Overseas Citizen of India) status will be merge ahead
of the Pravasi Bhartiya Divas to be held from January 7 in Ahmedabad.
Modi had announced merger of PIO and OCI during his
visit to the US in September but had not given a timeline then. The Prime
Minister also referred to economic reforms unveiled by his government and said
India has become an attractive destination for investment.
He also said FDI in Railways has been hiked to 100 per
cent and hoped that Australian companies will invest in creating rail
infrastructure in the country.
The Prime Minister called upon Indians across the
world to convert the atmosphere of hope and optimism into a reality of meeting
the expectations and aspirations of people in India.
Modi said on the basis of his experience of the last
six months, he could see no reason why the aspirations of millions of Indians
could not be fulfilled.
He referred to Swami Vivekananda’s dream of seeing
Mother India as a ‘Vishva Guru’ once again, and said he believed that dream
would be a reality. “Do you share the dream”, he asked the cheering crowd.
Crowd of supporters during Narendra Modi's address to
the Indian community at Allphones Arena in Sydney, Australia on Monday. The
Prime Minister said that he feels a greater sense of responsibility as he is
the first Prime Minister born in independent India.
“We did not have the fortune to fight for the country’s
independence. We could not die for India. But we can live for India. So we will
live and struggle for India. Today 125 crore Indians share that dream,” he
“It took 28 years for an Indian PM to make the few
hours journey to Australia. Now you will not have to wait 28 years,” the Prime
Minister said. He also highlighted the values of democracy and the love for
cricket that India and Australia share.