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azadi ka amrit mahotsav

English rendering of PM’s address at community programme in Sydney, Australia

Posted On: 23 MAY 2023 8:49PM by PIB Delhi

Namaste Australia!

Prime Minister of Australia and my dear friend, His Excellency Anthony Albanese, former Prime Minister of Australia, His Excellency Scott Morrison, Premier of New South Wales Chris Minns, Foreign Minister Penny Wong, Communications Minister Michelle Rowland, Energy Minister Chris Bowen, Leader of Opposition Peter Dutton, Assistant Foreign Minister Tim Watts, Honourable Members of the New South Wales Cabinet present here, Member of Parliament from Parramatta Dr Andrew Charlton, , Members of Parliament from Australia present here, Mayors, Deputy Mayors, Councillors, and the Indian diaspora living in Australia who have gathered here in such large numbers today! My greetings to all of you!

First of all, I acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands that we are meeting here today. I pay my respect to the elders, past, present and emerging. I also celebrate all first nations people who may be with us today.

Friends,

When I came here in 2014, I had made a promise to you that you would not have to wait for 28 years for any Prime Minister of India again. So here in this arena in Sydney, I am here once again and I have not come alone. Prime Minister Albanese has also come along with me. Mr. Prime Minister, despite your extremely busy schedule, you have taken time out for all of us. It expresses your affection for us Indians. What you just said conveys to us the love that Australia has for India. This year, I also had the opportunity to welcome the Prime Minister on the Indian soil in Ahmedabad. Today, he was with me while unveiling the foundation stone of Little India here. I express my heartfelt gratitude to him! Thank you, my friend, Anthony!  This Little India is also a recognition of the contribution of the Indian community towards the development of Australia. I would like to thank the Premier of New South Wales, the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Councillors of the City of Parramatta for this special honour.

Friends,

I am glad that many people from the Indian diaspora in New South Wales are actively participating in public life and curving a niche for them. The Deputy Premier of the current New South Wales government Prue Car and Treasurer Daniel Mookhey are making a major contribution and just yesterday, Sameer Pandey was elected as Lord Mayor of Parramatta. I congratulate everyone! My heartiest congratulations!

Friends,

Today, while these developments are taking place in Parramatta, there is information that Sailani Avenue has been named after the Indian soldier Nain Singh Sailani in Perth city of Western Australia. He attained martyrdom while fighting for the Australian army during the First World War. With utmost respect, I congratulate the leadership of Western Australia for this honour.

Friends,

There was a time when it was said that 3C defines the relationship between India and Australia. What are these 3 Cs? These are - Commonwealth, Cricket and Curry. Later on it was said that India and Australia relations are based on 3 D i.e. Democracy, Diaspora and Dosti. Some people even said that India-Australia relations are based on 3 E or Energy , Economy and Education. That means, it was sometimes C, sometimes D, and sometimes E. This probably has been true in different periods. But the extent of historical relations between India and Australia is much greater than this, and do you know what the greatest foundation of all these relations is? Are you aware of it? No, the greatest foundation is Mutual Trust and Mutual Respect! This Mutual Trust and Mutual Respect has not developed only from the diplomatic relations of India and Australia. The real reason and the real strength behind it is you all,  every single Indian living in Australia! You are its real strength. The real reason behind it is, more than 2.5 crore citizens of Australia.

Friends,

There is definitely a geographical distance between us, but the Indian Ocean connects us. Even though our lifestyles are different, Yoga connects us now. We have been associated with cricket for a pretty long time, but now even tennis and films are connecting us. We may have different styles of cooking, but now MasterChef unites us. Even though festivals are celebrated differently in our country, we are connected with the lights of Diwali and the celebrations of Baisakhi. The two countries may have different languages being spoken but we have a plethora of schools teaching Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Punjabi, Hindi languages here. 

Friends,

The people of Australia, the residents here have a kind heart. They are so good and pure at heart that they accept this diversity of India with an open heart and that is why Parramatta Square becomes 'Paramatma' (divine) square for some; Wigram Street is known as Vikram Street and Harris Park becomes Harish Park for many people. By the way, I have heard that no one can beat the Chatkazz's Chaat, and jalebis of Jaipur Sweets in Harris Park. I have a request to all of you. Please take my friend PM Albanese to these places too. And friends, when it comes to food and chaat, it is natural to mention Lucknow. I have heard that there is a place named Lucknow near Sydney. But I don't know if chaat is available there too. Well, here too, there must be Delhi near Lucknow, isn't it? Indeed, there are so many streets like Delhi Street, Bombay Street, Kashmir Avenue, Malabar Avenue here in Australia that connect you to India. I was told that now India Parade is also going to start in Greater Sydney. I am also very delighted to know that here all of you have celebrated the 'Azaadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav' with great pomp and show. Several events have been organized in different city councils here. The Indian heart rejoices when the Sydney Opera House is lit up with the tricolour. India too was cheering on and so I express my special gratitude to the New South Wales Government for the same.

Friends,

Our cricketing ties have also completed 75 years. The greater the excitement on the cricket field, the deeper is our friendship off the field. This time, many women cricket players from Australia also came to India for the first time to play IPL and friends, we are not only friends in good times. A good friend is not only a companion during good times, but also a companion at the time of sorrow. When the great Shane Warne passed away last year, crores of Indians had mourned along with Australia. It was like we had lost a family member.

Friends,

You are all here in Australia, looking at the development here. All of you have had a dream that our India should also become a developed nation. Isn't it your dream? Isn't it your dream? Isn't it your dream? The dream that is in your heart, is also in my heart. This is my dream too. It is the dream of the 140 crore Indians.

Friends,

India is not short of potential. India does not have a shortage of resources either. Today, the country which has the world's largest and the youngest talent factory is India. You are right, that is India. I am repeating this again. Today, the country which has the world's largest and youngest talent factory is India! It is India! It is India! And now I will place some facts in front of you. And I would like to know the correct answer from you. Ready? During this corona pandemic, the country which started the fastest vaccination programme in the world, that country is India, that country is? It's India! That country is India! Today the country which is the fastest growing economy in the world is - India. That country is India! That country is India! Today the country which is the number 1 smartphone data consumer in the world is India! That country is India! That country is India! Today the country which is number 1 in FinTech adoption rate is India! That country is India! That country is India! Today the country which is number 1 in the world in terms of milk production is India! That country is India! That country is India! Today the country which is number 2 in the world in terms of internet users is: India! That is India! Today, the country which is the second largest mobile manufacturer in the world, that country is India! That country is India! Today, the country which is at number 2 in the world in terms of Rice, Wheat, Sugarcane production is: India, that is India! Today the country which is at number 2 in fruit and vegetable production in the world is India, that is India! Today, the country which has the third largest startup ecosystem in the world is India, that is India! The country where the world's third largest automobile market is located is called India, that country is India! The country which has the third largest civil aviation market in the world is India, that country is India and now the country which is moving ahead with the goal of becoming a developed nation in the next 25 years is India, that country is India!

Friends,

Today the IMF considers India as the bright spot of the global economy, and the World Bank believes that if anyone is challenging the Global Headwinds then it is India. Today, there is a crisis in the banking system in many countries of the world, but on the flip side, the strength of Indian banks is being praised all around. In the midst of the biggest crisis in the world in 100 years, India has made record exports last year. Today our Forex Reserve is touching new heights.

Friends,

Our digital stake is an example of how India is working for the global good. You all are well aware of India's FinTech revolution. You might remember when I came here in 2014, I shared a dream with you. It was my dream that the poorest of the poor in India should have their own bank accounts. You will feel proud, friends; you will be proud of the fact that in the last 9 years, we have opened bank accounts of about 50 crore Indians i.e. about 500 million. And our success is not just limited to opening bank accounts. We didn't stop there. It has transformed the entire ecosystem of public service delivery in India. We have created a JAM Trinity or a JAM Trinity of Jan Dhan Bank Account, Mobile Phone and Aadhaar ID. This has made Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) possible to crores of countrymen just with one click, and you will be more happy to know that in the last 9 years - this figure will also give you a lot of joy - in the last 9 years Rs 28 lakh crore i.e. more than 500 billion Australian dollars have been sent directly to the bank accounts of those in need. During the Corona period, many countries found it difficult to send money to their citizens, but India was one of those countries which was doing this work in the blink of an eye with one click. Universal Public Interface i.e. UPI has taken financial inclusion to a new height in India. Today 40 percent of the world's real time digital payments take place in India alone. If you have visited India recently, you must have seen that digital transactions are taking place everywhere, be it fruit, vegetable or pani puri carts, or tea stalls.

Friends,

This digital revolution of India is not limited to FinTech only. India is developing modern systems. The Ease of Living of the people is increasing. An example of this is India's DigiLocker, which generates every document issued by the government from driving license to degrees and property papers, whatever the government issues. Nearly hundreds of types of documents are reflected in the digital locker. You do not need to store a physical copy. Just one password is enough. Now more than 15 crore i.e. more than 150 million Indians have joined it. Many such digital platforms are making Indians powerful today.

Friends,

Today the world wants to know about every step and every achievement of India. It is quite natural looking at the world order towards which the contemporary world is heading and looking for the possibilities. India is a living civilization which is thousands of years old. India is the Mother of Democracy. We have molded ourselves according to the times but have always stuck to our fundamentals. We see the nation as a family and also consider the world as a family, 'Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam', and therefore looking at the theme of India's G-20 Presidency, it reflects how India lives by its ideals. As G20 Presidency, India says, 'One Earth, One Family, One Future'. When India sets massive goals in terms of solar energy to protect the environment, it says 'One Sun, One World, One Grid'. When India wishes the global community to be healthy, it says 'One Earth, One Health'. India is the country which sent medicines to more than 150 countries of the world during the Corona crisis. India is the country which has saved the lives of crores of people by giving away free vaccines to more than 100 countries. The spirit of service with which you also worked here during the time of Corona is the specialty of our culture. Today is the Martyrdom Day of the fifth Sikh Guru Shri Guru Arjun Dev Ji. Guruji's life has imparted the lesson of serving everyone. It was Guru Arjun Dev Ji who started the Dasvandha system. Seeking inspiration from there, even during Corona, the langars of many Gurdwaras helped people here. In that period, the kitchens of many temples were opened for the affected persons here. Students living and studying in Australia also came forward to help people in large numbers. Various social organizations also helped a lot of people during this period. Wherever Indians are, a humanitarian spirit remains within them.

Friends,

Because of such works in the interest of humanity, today India is being called the Force of Global Good. Wherever there is a disaster, India is always ready to help. Whenever there is a crisis, India is ready to solve it. Today, whether it is to increase the use of solar energy through the International Solar Alliance, whether it is to create Disaster Resilient Infrastructure through mutual cooperation, whether it is to lead the International Big Cat Alliance, India has always been a binding force to unite different countries. Recently, when the earthquake led to devastation in Turkey, India extended a helping hand through Operation Dost. India sees its interests linked to the interests of all. 'Sabka Sath Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas, Sabka Prayas' (everyone's support, everyone's development, everyone's faith and everyone's efforts) is not only the basis of our Domestic Governance but also the vision for Global Governance as well.

Friends,

Today the Strategic Partnership between India and Australia is continuously growing deeper. Recently we have signed the Economic Cooperation and Trade Agreement (ECTA). It is estimated that trade between the two countries will more than double in the next five years. Now we are working on a Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement. We are building Resilient and Reliable Supply Chains. This will not only boost the business of both the countries, but also instill new confidence in the world. Today there are many direct flights between India and Australia. The number of flights has increased over the years. Their number will increase further in the coming days. Both countries have also moved forward in recognizing each other's degrees and this will greatly benefit our students. A consensus has also been reached on the Migration and Mobility Partnership Agreement. This will make it easier for our Skilled Professionals to come to Australia and work here, and friends, as I am here, I am going to make an announcement. The demand of the Indian community in Brisbane will now be fulfilled. Soon a new Consulate of India will be opened in Brisbane.

Friends,

India and Australia's deepening partnership will empower everyone who has faith in Maa Bharati. You have talent, you have the power of your skills and you also have your cultural values. These values play a major role in helping you blend in with the people of Australia. I just came from Papua New Guinea yesterday. There I dedicated the translation of Tamil literature Tirukkural in the local language. This translation has been done by a local Governor of Indian origin there. This is a living example of how even while living abroad, we should be proud of our roots and stay connected to our roots. You are also spreading the fragrance of Indian culture here in Australia. You are India's Cultural Ambassadors, India's Brand Ambassadors in Australia.

Friends,

I want to demand something from you before I conclude. Will you give it to me? Your voice has weakened a bit. Will you give it to me? Sure? Promise? So I would urge you that whenever you come to India, whenever you come to India, bring at least one Australian friend and his family along with you. This will give them a better chance to understand and know India. You have come in such large numbers and I got the opportunity to meet you after a long time. I wish you good health,  happiness and joy! Once again, my heartiest thanks to all of you!

Say along with me - Bharat Mata Ki Jai!

Bharat Mata Ki Jai!

Bharat Mata Ki Jai!

Thank you very much!

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