"Shri Narendra Modi meets Shri Manoj Vora, the first person of Gujarati origin to scale Mount Everest"
"The meeting with Shri Modi was pleasant, inspiring and satisfactory.: Shri Manoj Vora"
"I have always respected Shri Narendra Modi: Shri Manoj Vora"
On the morning of Saturday 1st June 2013 Shri Narendra Modi met Shri Manoj Vora, the first person of Gujarati origin to scale the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest. Speaking after the meeting with the Chief Minister, Shri Vora said that the meeting was very pleasant, inspiring and satisfying. Shri Vora shared that Shri Modi spoke to his family, heard a message from his parents and when his younger sister asked for an autograph, Shri Modi penned a short poem where he talked about Shri Vora’s feat. “It was out of the world, he (referring to Shri Modi) is so talented. I always respected him but it increased even more today,” Shri Vora pointed out.
Shri Vora said that Gujaratis have made a name for their advances in business but he also wanted to inspire them to climb peaks. He recalled that in 2003 he read a book called Seven Summits, which covered the experiences of Richard Bass, who scaled the seven highest peaks in the seven continents of the world in 1985. The book inspired him and he embarked on this journey to scale the Seven Summits in 2004. Finally, on 22nd May 2013, nine years after he started, Shri Vora scaled Mount Everest and thus scaled all the Seven Summits.
Hailing from a Jain, Vaniya and Vegetarian family, Shri Vora spoke about how his vegetarianism was not an impediment to scaling the peaks. He added that he has been in USA for the last 24 years but has remained a vegetarian. He said that he would remain a vegetarian for his entire life. Shri Vora pointed that it was the Namokar Mantra that kept in inspired and motivated him to scale the peaks.
In his message to the youth, Shri Vora stated that he wanted to inspire the youth to start dreaming big and work hard to realize their dreams. He urged them to help others once their own dreams are fulfilled.
Prime Minister’s meeting with Prime Minister of Japan
May 24, 2022
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi held a bilateral meeting today with H.E. Mr. Fumio Kishida, Prime Minister of Japan. PM Kishida also hosted a dinner for PM Modi. They had productive exchange of views on enhancing bilateral relations in various spheres as well as on some regional and global issues.
The two leaders agreed to further enhance bilateral security and defence cooperation, including in the area of defence manufacturing. They concurred that the next 2+2 Foreign and Defence Ministerial Meeting may be held in Japan at the earliest.
The two leaders appreciated the growing economic ties between the two countries. They agreed that both sides should work jointly towards implementing their decision to have 5 trillion yen in public and private investment and financing from Japan to India in the next five years. Prime Minister highlighted the steps taken by Government of India to improve ease of doing business, logistics through Gati Shakti initiative and urged Prime Minister Kishida to support greater investments by Japanese companies in India. Such investments would help in creating resilient supply chains and would be mutually beneficial. In this context, Prime Minister Modi appreciated that Japanese companies were increasing their investments in India and that 24 Japanese companies had successfully applied under the various PLI schemes.
The two leaders noted the progress in implementation of Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail (MAHSR) project and welcomed the signing of exchange of notes of the 3rd tranche loan for this project. The two leaders highlighted the increasing importance of information and communication technologies and in this regard agreed to encourage greater collaboration between private sectors of two sides in development of next generation communication technologies. They also discussed possibilities of collaboration in critical and emerging technologies such as 5G, Beyond 5G and semiconductors. The two Prime Ministers also agreed to deepen cooperation in the area of Clean Energy including green hydrogen and, in this regard, encouraged more business to business collaboration.
The two leaders agreed to further boost people-to-people linkages. Prime Minister Kishida noted that such linkages should become the backbone of bilateral relations. In this regard, they took note of the progress in implementation of the Specified Skilled Workers (SSW) programme and agreed to further scale up this programme. Prime Minister Modi raised the issue of further easing of travel restrictions in order to facilitate quarantine free entry into Japan for travellers from India carrying Covaxin and Covishield vaccination certificates. The two leaders concurred that the India-Japan Act East Forum was useful in prioritising development of India’s North East Region, and looked forward to early implementation of various projects which were identified by the two sides during the Annual Summit.
The two leaders exchanged views on recent global and regional developments. They noted the convergences in their respective approaches to the Indo-Pacific and reaffirmed their commitment towards a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific region. In this context, they welcomed the progress in the Quad’s contemporary and constructive agenda such as vaccines, scholarships, critical technologies and infrastructure.
Prime Minister Modi thanked Prime Minister Kishida for the warmth and hospitality extended to him and members of his delegation during the visit. PM Kishida extended an invitation to PM Modi to visit Japan for the next Annual Bilateral Summit, which was accepted with pleasure.