Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday, November 2 recalled historic India-Thailand relations while speaking to the people of Indian origin in Bangkok. PM Modi also emphasised that India and Thailand have strong cultural linkages and said that commerce and culture have inherent powers to unite. PM Modi has also Sunday made a strong appeal to the business leaders to invest in India saying that this is the best time to be in the country. He welcomed the audience in several Indian languages reflecting the diversity of the Indian Diaspora in Thailand. The Prime Minister said that this was his first official visit to the country to participate in the India-Asean Summit. He reflected on the age old historic relations between India and Thailand which were forged thousands of years ago through trade relations of Indian coastal states with South-East Asia. These relations have only gained in strength over time reflected in cultural and lifestyle similarities between the two counties.PM Modi said that it has been his endeavour to meet people of Indian community in the country he visits. He appreciated the people present for being the perfect ambassadors of India culture and traditions. Thai translation of ‘Tirukkural’ and Commemorative Coins marking Guru Nanak’s 550th Birth Anniversary were released. He unveiled the Thai translation of Thiruvalluvar’s Tamil classic ‘Tirukkural’. He said that the book is a guiding light for living one’s life. He also released commemorative coins minted to mark the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, adding that the teachings of Guru Nanak are heritage for entire humanity. He said that from 9th November, direct connectivity will be established to Kartarpur Sahib via the Kartarpur Corridor, welcoming everyone to come and visit. He stressed the need for boosting tourism & reiterated his government’s commitment to Act East Policy.Prime Minister narrated steps being taken to develop Buddha circuit for promoting tourism. He highlighted that India has jumped 18 ranks in the last 4 years in travel and tourism global index, stating that government has been focussed on promoting heritage, spiritual and medical tourism along with developing connectivity infrastructure for boosting tourism.
Outlining the contours of India’s Act-East Policy, he said that India is focussed on deepening India’s North-East’s connect with Thailand. He said that the government is working towards developing the region as gateway to South-East Asia. Prime Minister Modi added that the India-Myanmar-Thailand trilateral highway will establish seamless connectivity between the countries, which will boost the development of the entire region.Stressing on India’s commitment to democracy, Prime Minister narrated the story of the historic General Elections 2019 which catapulted his government to a second term with an even bigger majority.PM Modi listed out some of the recent major decisions and achievements of the government including abrogation of Article 370. He said that in the last three years, 8 crore households have been given LPG connections – the number of beneficiaries is more than the population of entire Thailand. Ayushman Bharat scheme has been launched to provide health care benefits to over 50 crore Indians. He added that the government is committed to ensure the availability of water for everyone and a household for all by 2022.