India does not eye anyone’s territory and resource: Narendra Modi

Vastavam web: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said India does not eye anyone’s territory and resources, asserting that its model of development aid was not based on “give and take”, comments which come amid increasing Chinese efforts to expand its influence in the sub-continent/.Addressing the first conference of persons of Indian origin (PIO) parliamentarians from across the globe, Modi also asked them to invest in India and act as catalyst in the country’s growth. The event is being held to mark 102nd anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s return from South Africa.

“India is that country which has always played a constructive role in the world arena. We do not measure our policy towards any nation on the basis of profit or loss but view it through the prism of human values,” he said.He further said India’s model of development aid is not based on give and take and it depends on requirement and priority of the countries concerned.

Modi’s comments comes in the backdrop of China’s deepening ties with some South Asian nations and providing them with huge financial aid, which, some experts feel, may draw India’s neighbours including Maldives, Sri Lanka and Nepal towards Beijing. India has been traditionally providing development aid to these countries.The day-long conference is being attended by 134 elected representatives from 24 countries including France, Fiji, Switzerland and Mauritius.

Addressing the gathering, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj credited Modi’s leadership for India’s growing stature globally.The prime minister said India, with its rich values and traditions, has the power to lead and guide the world dealing with instability.Modi also called on Indian origin lawmakers from across the world to be partners in India’s development and act as catalysts in the country’s economic growth.

Talking about economic reforms undertaken by his government, he said it fetched USD 60 billion FDI in 2016-17.He also asked the diaspora community to take advantage of government’s ‘visiting adjunct joint research faculty’ under which they can work up to three months in India.He said India’s civilisation and values have the power to lead and guide the world dealing with instability. “At a time when the world is divided by ideologies, you can tell about India’s inclusive philosophy of ‘Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas”.