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India Gave 'Buddha', Not 'Yuddha' To The World: Key Highlights Of PM Modi's Speech In Austria

Kuldeep Negi

Jul 11, 2024, 08:28 AM | Updated 08:28 AM IST

PM Modi
PM Modi

Highlighting India's historic commitment to peace and prosperity, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday (10 July) said that India has given 'Buddha' to the world, not 'Yuddha' (war).

Addressing the Indian community in Vienna, PM Modi also said that India is working towards being the best, the brightest, achieving the biggest and reaching the highest milestones.

"For thousands of years, we have been sharing our knowledge and expertise. We didn't give 'Yuddha'(war), we gave the world 'Buddha'. India always gave peace and prosperity, and therefore India is going to strengthen its role in the 21st century," PM Modi said.

PM Modi's remarks in Vienna come a day after his visit to Moscow, where he engaged in discussions with President Vladimir Putin, and advocated for a peaceful resolution to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

Describing his first visit to Austria as "meaningful", PM Modi said that after 41 years, an Indian Prime Minister has visited the country.

"This long wait has come to an end on a historic occasion. India and Austria are celebrating 75 years of their friendship," he said.

"India and Austria are geographically on two different ends, but we have many similarities. Democracy connects both countries. Our shared values are liberty, equality, pluralism, and respect for the rule of law. Our societies are multicultural and multilingual. Both countries celebrate diversity, and a big medium to reflect these values are elections," he said, amid chants of 'Modi, Modi'.

Recalling the recently concluded general elections, PM Modi said 650 million people exercised their right to vote and despite such a big election, the results of the elections were declared within hours.

"It is the power of our electoral machinery and democracy," he said.

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Kuldeep is Senior Editor (Newsroom) at Swarajya. He tweets at @kaydnegi.

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