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Help India become a giant, PM urges diaspora

M Shakeel Ahmed in Ankara | September 18, 2003 23:58 IST

Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on Thursday asked the Indian community abroad to help the country become a major industrial power of the world.

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"It is not important which party is in power (in India). What is important is that the country has to march ahead along the path of progress and it is doing that," he said at a reception hosted in his honour by the Indian community in Ankara.

"The wave of development sweeping India is being seen from all parts of the world and India has to emerge as a major world power," he said.

"India today is not the India it was. It is a new India competing with other countries of the world and has emerged as the fourth largest economy of the world," he added.

"There was a time when we used to import food grains. But now we are exporting. Earlier, we used to take loans but now we give loans," he said.

Vajpayee said there was no inflation and prices were under control.

He referred to the recent drought in 14 states and said agriculture in the country was still dependent on the weather but efforts were on to diversify the sector.

Vajpayee acknowledged there was a shortage of pulses, the poor man's staple diet in India, but 'we are trying overcome it'.

Vajpayee said India's relations with other countries were growing and his current visit to Turkey was part of the exercise towards that.

The reception was attended by 250 members of the Indian community.

Earlier,Vajpayee visited a 'Made in India' exhibition where about 50 Indian companies are displaying their products.

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Sub: India matters not who rules

Guess the PM has a point, it doesn't matter who rules from Delhi, rather it is our motherland that matters. We are proud that we ...

Posted by Ramesh Hariharan

Sub: Making India Giant

India would have become the giant long back if it would not have ranked among the most corrupt countries, If its politicians and government employees ...

Posted by Navin Pandya

Sub: Pls dump money in Party funds too

Its a shame.... Vajapayee should first talk about how to make the whole system efficient and corruption free. Who wants to invest in a system ...

Posted by Ramamohan Pai

Sub: Good dream but it is never going to happen in reality

Till the time corruption will be there on a large scale, India will never progress. I rather give my money to organizations like Red Cross, ...

Posted by Montie

Sub: What??

Why is the Indian PM asking for industrialization instead of technology? all the developed worlds of today are not industrial but technological. Why should India ...

Posted by Smita Yadav



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