India doesn’t covet anyone’s territory, resources: Modi

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 10 Jan 2018 09:08:42


 

Delhi Bureau & Agencies,

NEW DELHI,


Asks PIOs to invest in India and act as catalyst in country’s growth

 

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”.


His comments, at the first conference of persons of Indian origin (PIO) parliamentarians from across the globe, come 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.


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.


The Prime Minister said India has always played a constructive role in the world and that Gandhi’s philosophy of non-violence can counter extremism and radicalisation.
“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.


The day-long conference is being attended by 134 elected representatives from 24 countries including France, Fiji, Switzerland and Mauritius.