PM Modi Reaffirms Indias Role In Global Peace In Austria

PM Modi said that India and Austria have identified “new possibilities” to further strengthen mutual cooperation besides also deciding to give a strategic direction to their bilateral ties.

Have Given 'Buddha' To The World Not 'Yuddha': PM Modi Reaffirms India's Role In Global Peace In Austria
Have Given ‘Buddha’ To The World Not ‘Yuddha’: PM Modi Reaffirms India’s Role In Global Peace In Austria

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in an address to the Indian diaspora in Vienna, emphasized India’s historical contributions to the world, stating that India has always been a forerunner of peace and prosperity. Modi highlighted that India has shared its knowledge and expertise for thousands of years, focusing on promoting peace rather than war. He reiterated that India has given ‘Buddha’ to the world, symbolizing peace and enlightenment, rather than ‘Yuddha’ (war). Modi expressed India’s commitment to strengthening its global role in the 21st century by striving to be the best, brightest, and achieve significant milestones. This message comes after Modi’s recent discussions in Moscow with President Vladimir Putin, where he emphasized the importance of finding peaceful solutions to conflicts, such as the ongoing Ukraine war.

“For thousands of years, we have been sharing our knowledge and expertise. We didn’t give ‘Yuddha’ (war), we gave the world ‘Buddha’. India always gave peace and prosperity, and therefore India is going to strengthen its role in the 21st century,” Modi said.

Describing his first visit to Austria as “meaningful”, Modi said that after 41 years, an Indian Prime Minister has visited the country. “This long wait has come to an end on a historic occasion. India and Austria are celebrating 75 years of their friendship,” he said.

“India and Austria are geographically on two different ends, but we have many similarities. Democracy connects both the countries. Our shared values are liberty, equality, pluralism, and respect for the rule of law. Our societies are multicultural and multilingual. Both countries celebrate diversity, and a big medium to reflect these values are elections,” he said, amid chants of ‘Modi, Modi’.

In his address, Prime Minister Modi talked about the transformative progress achieved by the country in the last 10 years and expressed confidence that India will become the third largest economy in the near future, on its way to becoming a developed country – Viksit Bharat – by 2047.

“Today, India is growing at the rate of 8%. Today, we are in the 5th position, and soon, we will be in the top 3. I promised the people of my country that I would make India one of the top three economies in the world. We aren’t just working to reach the top position, our mission is 2047,” he said, adding that India will celebrate 100 years of its independence in 2047 as a developed nation.

Modi also talked about how Austrian expertise in green growth and innovation could partner India, leveraging its high growth trajectory and globally reputed start-up ecosystem.

He dwelt on India being a “Vishwabandhu” and contributing to global progress and well-being. He urged the community to continue nurturing their cultural and emotional bonds with the motherland, even as they prosper in their new homeland.

“I have always believed that relations between two countries are not built just by governments; public participation is very important in strengthening relations. That is why I consider the role of all of you important for these relationships,” he told the community members.

He also mentioned the deep intellectual interest in Indian philosophy, languages and thought that has existed in Austria for centuries.

“Around 200 years ago, Sanskrit was taught at Vienna’s university. In 1880, with the establishment of an independent chair for Indology, it got more push. Today, I got the opportunity to meet some eminent Indologists, it was quite apparent from their discussions that they had great interest in India,” Modi said.

More than 31,000 Indians are living in Austria. The Indian diaspora mainly consists of professionals working in the health-care and other sectors and in multilateral UN bodies. There are around 500 Indian students pursuing higher education in Austria.

Austria visit historic, productive, added vigour to ties, says PM Modi

PM Modi termed his Austria visit “historic” and “immensely productive” and said it has added “vigour” to the two countries’ friendship. Wrapping up his visit to Austria – the first by an Indian Prime Minister in 41 years, PM Modi, in a post on X, said he was happy to have attended diverse programmes in Vienna and thanked Chancellor Karl Nehammer, the Austrian government, and the people for their hospitality and affection.

My visit to Austria has been historic and immensely productive. New vigour has been added to the friendship between our nations. I am glad to have attended diverse programmes while in Vienna. Gratitude to Chancellor @karlnehammer, the Austrian Government and people for their hospitality and affection.

PM Modi, who reached Vienna on Tuesday evening from Moscow, was accorded a ceremonial welcome at the Federal Chancery on Wednesday morning.

He was warmly received by Chancellor Nehammer who had last week called the Indian Prime Minister’s visit to Vienna as a “special honour” as it came at a time when the two countries are marking 75 years of diplomatic relations.

Following their talks on Wednesday, PM Modi said that India and Austria have identified “new possibilities” to further strengthen mutual cooperation besides also deciding to give a strategic direction to their bilateral ties.

In a joint statement along with the Austrian Chancellor, he said that he also held detailed discussions on the current geopolitical situation in the world, including the conflict in Ukraine or the situation in West Asia.

He mentioned that mutual trust and shared interests have strengthened India-Austria relations.

The Prime Minister also said that India and Austria will work together in areas such as infrastructure development, innovation, renewable energy, hydrogen, water and waste management, artificial intelligence (AI) and quantum technology and a blueprint for cooperation over the coming decades has been prepared.

He said that the startup bridge will be accelerated to connect the youth and ideas of both countries, and an agreement on mobility and migration partnership has already been reached, as well as on promoting exchanges between cultural and educational institutions will be promoted.

Concluding his visit with an address to the Indian diaspora in Vienna, he said that the world sees India with great hope and everyone across the globe wants to learn more about India.

He also said that India and Austria, though geographically distant, have many similarities.

(With inputs from agencies)


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