Nation 'Ready to Save Humanity' With Made in India Vaccines, Says PM at 16th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas
File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday inaugurated the 16th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) convention, a flagship event of the Ministry of External Affairs to engage and connect with the overseas Indians. Speaking at the convention, Modi lauded the contributions of the diaspore to the global community.
“Today we have been connected with internet from various corners of the world but our minds are always connected with 'Maa Bharti'… In the last few months, I've had discussions with several heads of states. These heads of states have categorically mentioned how Persons of Indian Origin served their societies, from doctors to social workers to even commoners,” he said.
“India's mantra of 'One Sun, One World, One Grid' is appealing to the world. India's history is proof that there's no question or doubts about India's ability in any circumstances,” he added. "India used to import PPE kits, masks, ventilators and testing kits from outside but today our nation is self-reliant. Today India is ready to save humanity with two 'Made in India' COVID-19 vaccines... You all have made a big contribution in the fight against Covid where you are staying and in India. Your contribution to PM Cares is strengthening health services in India."
"Being the pharmacy of the world, India has supplied important medicines to all those in need in the world in the past and is also doing so now. The world is not only waiting for Indian vaccines but is also watching how India runs the world biggest vaccination programme," he said. Modi also said that during the pandemic, Indians showed their capabilities and the way the country stood together was unparalleled.
Modi told the Indian diaspora that the country always stands with them and pointed out that over 45 lakh people were rescued under the government's Vande Bharat mission during the pandemic. Earlier, the keynote address at the 16th PBD Convention 2021 was delivered by chief guest Chandrikapersad Santokhi, the President of Suriname.
The theme of 16th PBD Convention 2021 is "Contributing to Aatmanirbhar Bharat".