More than 15,000 people flocked to the Bahrain National Stadium in what is said to be the biggest gathering of the Indian diaspora in Bahrain. Crowds kept chanting ‘Modi, Modi’ and ‘Vande Matram’ throughout and went ecstatic as the Premier made his way to the stage.
Narendra Modi became the first Indian Prime Minister to address in Bahrain. During his address the Premier highlight that India's diversity was its strength.
“Our relations with Bahrain is not only in trade and commerce but we also share common grounds in culture and values. Our cultural richness mesmerises the world” said, Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The Premier extended his thanks to Bahrain for inviting him and he further greeted the crowd across the world on the occasion of Janmashtami.
“When you talk to your family members in India, they tell you they feel a change in the environment. Do you feel a change in India? Do you see a change in the attitude of India? Confidence of India has increased or not?” he asked the gathering and stated that the Indian government is constantly working towards 'ease of doing business'
The PM further stressed that India had decided to double its economy in the next five years. ‘The $5 trillion economy is the target in front of us and we have a roadmap to achieve that’ assured PM Modi.
The Premier stated that various global surveys and indices showed India’s progress. Furthermore, they are working to improve infrastructure. He also stated thatIndia’s digital transaction model was gaining global acceptance.
Meanwhile, Chandrayaan-2 was launched from the Sriharikota space station on 22 July. India hopes the $145m (£116m) mission will be the first to land on the Moon'ssouth pole. Last month's launch was the beginning of a 384,000km (239,000-mile) journey.
“Chandrayaan-2 has surprised the world, and it was possible due to our self-determination,” said PM Modi.
The Premier also assured the Indian community in Bahrain that the Indian government would always stand by the people’s side at every situation. Furthermore, healso encouraged the Indian community to invite the Bahrain community to visit India as India is a great tourist spot.
He also asked the Indian community to help the Bahrain government in combating environmental pollution.