As Prime Minister Narendra Modi ended his address to the Indian diaspora at Hyogo Prefecture Guest House in Kobe on Thursday, the attendees broke into the chants of “Jai Shri Ram.”
Slogans of “Bharat Mata Ki Jai” and “Vande Mataram” were also raised at community event after Modi concluded his speech, which was his maiden address to the Indian diaspora since his reelection.
Modi called the Indian diaspora “representatives of India in Japan”. “When it comes to India’s relationship with the world, Japan has an important place in it. This relationship dates back to centuries. There is a sense of belonging, goodwill and respect for each other’s culture and civilization,” Modi emphasised.
“Almost two decades ago, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and the then Japanese premiere Yoshiro Mori together made our relationship as a global partnership. After becoming prime minister in 2014, I got a chance to strengthen our friendship with my dear friend Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.”