Indian diaspora now feels a sense of “belongingness”, says External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj

PM Modi's speech took the nation by storm, people in India feels proud and 'Vande Mataram' is being chanted in a foreign land

In Chicago, Hari Om Mandir members taking out Independence Day Parade (2016). Courtesy: Asian Media USA

NEW DELHI, August 14, 2016: The Indian diaspora now feels a sense of “belongingness,” the statement by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Saturday, August 13 came in response to PM Modi’s take on atrocities in Balochistan and Pak Occupied Kashmir (PoK).

For decades, Government only took a few defensive steps to deal with cross-border terrorism but it proved to be ineffective over time and the Kashmir narrative till today remains unsolved. PM Modi is the first Indian to openly challenge Pakistan on terrorism and this strong move will save India from its biggest geopolitical failure since Independence and prove how effective is Modi’s legacy.

According to PTI reports, Sushma said, “India today sets the global agenda as opposed to before when it used to be a mute spectator on global issues. Today, when India speaks the world listens.” In foreign policy the Central Government has brought a “paradigm shift” and today when India speaks the “world listens.”

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Modi’s speech took the nation by storm and people in India feels proud and ‘Vande Mataram’ is being chanted in a foreign land. Giving a helping hand to Indians abroad and find a solution to the distress was “never a priority” for the External Affairs Ministry before, added Swaraj.


“PM has himself said that this ministry was about having fancy dinners wearing suit and boot. But today our embassies remain on toes,” Swaraj said to PTI.

Reacting to PM Modi’s statement on Balochistan, World Baloch Women’s Forum president and an activist Naela Quadri Baloch on Saturday said to DNA that people of Balochistan support him and urged that PM Modi to take up the Baloch issue with the international community at the United Nations, this year in September.

Members of Hari Om Mandir in Chicago. Courtesy: Asian Media USA
Members of Hari Om Mandir in Chiacgo. Courtesy: Asian Media USA
Hari Om Mandir
Hari Om Mandir, Chicago. Credit: Asian Media USA

In addition to that, Baloch National Movement (UK) spokesperson Hammal Haider Baloch also expressed similar thoughts by saying, ‘It is for the first time that an Indian Prime Minister has expressed his wish to support the Baloch people. And, I think it is a very crucial decision made by the Indian Government. We hope Prime Minister Modi will play the same role that (Indira) Gandhi had played in 1970-71.’

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Recently, Delhi-based Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation launched a book- ‘The Modi Doctrine: New Paradigms in India’s Foreign Policy’ where Sushma Swaraj was also present along with Priti Patel, Indian-origin Minister for International Development in Britain.

“Naturally, the pursuit of these objectives has not been without its challenges, among them cross-border terrorism. But the wisdom of our approach and the sincerity of our efforts are clearly gaining broader support,” she said to PTI.

– prepared by NewsGram Team