India, UAE united in fight against terrorism, says Modi in Dubai
Dubai: India and the
UAE on Monday came down heavily on countries sponsoring terrorism against other
states in what is seen as an oblique reference to Pakistan.
Prime Minister Narendra
Modi who is in UAE for a two-day visit, today interacted with the Indian Diaspora
at the Dubai cricket stadium. Around 50,000 people registered to attend the
Modi spoke in Malayalam
in his Dubai speech to greet people of Kerala on the Malayalam New Year. “People
from Kerala are there in large numbers. And I am specially talking about them
due to the New Year festival today,” the Prime Minister said.
ente hridayam niranja navavatsara aashamsakal. Namaaskaaram (my hearty New Year
wishes),” he said to loud cheers. Modi told an ecstatic crowd of around 50,000
Indians at a public reception here that he was ‘witnessing a mini India’ and
“My dear countrymen, I
salute you. You are the people who used your labour for 10-15-20 years to earn
your livelihood and also kept the flag of India flying high,” he said, to
chants of ‘Modi, Modi’.
Modi also said India
was proud of expatriate Indians settled and working in the UAE. “You are the
people who have worked hard... some for 10 years, some for 20 years and some
for 30 years. You are not only earning your living, but also making India
proud,” Modi said addressing thousands of expatriate Indians.
He said that due to the
good behaviour and hard work of the expatriate Indians, India was proud. Modi
said the Indians settled in the Gulf were always worried about their home
“Even if it rains a
little more in India, then the Indian living in Dubai, opens his umbrella. In
times of natural disaster, the Indian in Dubai can't sleep properly. When the
Atal Bihari Vajpayee government conducted nuclear tests, some people were angry
and there were sanctions put on India.
“Then Vajpayee appealed
to Indians across the world to help India. And today I feel proud to say that
after his appeal, the blue collar workers in the Gulf had made the biggest
contribution.” (With inputs from agencies)