"PM addresses a large rally in Kishtwar"
"The whole of India is with you: Shri Modi to the people of Kashmir"
"Don’t link religion to politics. A Kashmiri is a Kashmiri. We have to change their lives. Does not matter where he or she goes to worship: PM"
"What has happened has happened. We cannot let this land get ruined anymore: PM"
"I have come here for development and to wipe the tears of the people: PM"
"We have to complete the work started by Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee: PM referring to Atal ji’s efforts in Kashmir"
"प्रधानमंत्री ने किश्तवाड़ में एक बड़ी रैली को संबोधित किया"
"पूरा भारत आपके साथ है: श्री मोदी ने कश्मीर के लोगों से कहा"
"धर्म को राजनीति से न जोड़िए। एक कश्मीरी तो कश्मीर है। हमें उनके जीवन को बदलना है। इससे क्या फर्क पड़ता है कि वो पूजा करने कहां जाते हैं: प्रधानमंत्री"
"जो बीत गया वो बीत गया। हम इस धरती को अब और तबाह होने के लिए नहीं छोड़ सकते : प्रधानमंत्री"
"मैं यहां विकास और लोगों के आंसू पोछने के लिए आया हूं : प्रधानमंत्री"
"हमें श्री अटल बिहारी बाजपेई द्वारा शुरू किए काम को पूरा करना है : प्रधानमंत्री, कश्मीर में अटल जी के कार्यों का हवाला देते हुए"

On Saturday 22nd November 2014 the Prime Minister addressed a massive campaign rally in Kishtwar, Jammu and Kashmir. In a speech filled with hope and aspiration, the Prime Minister said that he has come to Kashmir with the message of development and to continue from where former Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee has started. “The whole of India is with you,” the Prime Minister told the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

 Shri Modi said that Kashmir has a very special place in his heart and added that several people are wondering why the Prime Minister has visited Jammu and Kashmir so many times after taking oath as Prime Minister. “Whenever I have come as PM I have come for development and I have come to wipe your teats,” said the Prime Minister. Shri Modi drew a parallel with his time as CM when he would constantly visit Kutch. He recalled that like Kashmir, Kutch is also on the border and has a significant Muslim population. He further recalled how earlier Kutch was seen as a punishment posting but in the last decade it has emerged as among India’s fastest growing districts. Shri Modi affirmed, “I can tell you- if Kutch can be developed then Kashmir can also be developed.”


The Prime Minister recalled the efforts of former Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee and said that his words struck a very positive note in the valley. Shri Modi expressed his commitment to continue the good work started under Shri Vajpayee.

 Making a strong pitch to the voters to elect the BJP, the Prime Minister pointed, “For 50 years who did you give J&K to? Can only 2 families run Jammu and Kashmir? Does the youth here not have the strength to run the State?” He added, “The two families here have an understanding. One will rule then the other will come and then the other will come back and so on. There is a (regular) contract to loot.”

 He went on to state his vision for the development of Jammu and Kashmir, including the growth of tourism in the state and providing employment to the youth. Shri Modi also said that there is no need to link religion with politics and that irrespective of who worships where, the development of every person is important.

 Shri Modi took on the state government for the lack of development and also criticized it for viewing the recent floods as an opportunity to loot the state. MoS Shri Jitendra Singh and other top leaders were present during the occasion.

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Trade and beyond: a new impetus to the EU-India Partnership

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Trade and beyond: a new impetus to the EU-India Partnership

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May 08, 2021

At the invitation of the President of the European Council Mr. Charles Michel, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi participated in the India-EU Leaders’ Meeting today.

The meeting was held in a hybrid format with the participation of leaders of all the 27 EU Member States as well as the President of the European Council and the European Commission. This is the first time that the EU hosted a meeting with India in the EU+27 format. The meeting was the initiative of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

During the meeting, the leaders expressed their desire to further strengthen the India-EU Strategic Partnership based on a shared commitment to democracy, fundamental freedoms, rule of law and multilateralism. They exchanged views on three key thematic areas: i) foreign policy and security; ii) COVID-19, climate and environment; and iii) trade, connectivity and technology. They discussed forging closer cooperation on combating the COVID-19 pandemic and economic recovery, tackling climate change, and reforming multilateral institutions. India appreciated the prompt assistance provided by the EU and its member states to combat its second COVID wave.

The leaders welcomed the decision to resume negotiations for balanced and comprehensive free trade and investment agreements. Negotiations on both the Trade and Investment Agreements will be pursued on parallel tracks with an intention to achieve early conclusion of both agreements together. This is a major outcome which will enable the two sides to realise the full potential of the economic partnership. India and the EU also announced dedicated dialogues on WTO issues, regulatory cooperation, market access issues and supply chain resilience, demonstrating the desire to deepen and further diversify economic engagement.

India and the EU launched an ambitious and comprehensive ‘Connectivity Partnership’ which is focused on enhancing digital, energy, transport and people-to-people connectivity. The Partnership is based on the shared principles of social, economic, fiscal, climate and environmental sustainability, and respect for international law and commitments. The Partnership will catalyse private and public financing for connectivity projects. It will also foster new synergies for supporting connectivity initiatives in third countries, including in the Indo-Pacific.

India and the EU leaders reiterated their commitment to achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement and agreed to strengthen joint efforts for mitigation, adaptation and resilience to the impacts of climate change, as well as providing means of implementation including finance in the context of COP26. India welcomed the EU’s decision to join CDRI.

India and the EU also agreed to enhance bilateral cooperation on digital and emerging technologies such as 5G, AI, Quantum and High-Performance Computing including through the early operationalization of the Joint Task Force on AI and the Digital Investment Forum.

The leaders noted with satisfaction the growing convergences on regional and global issues, including counterterrorism, cybersecurity and maritime cooperation. The leaders acknowledged the importance of a free, open, inclusive and rules-based Indo-Pacific and agreed to closely engage in the region, including in the context of India’s Indo-Pacific Ocean’s Initiative and the EU’s new strategy on the Indo-Pacific.

Coinciding with the Leaders’ Meeting, an India-EU Business Roundtable was organised to highlight the avenues for cooperation in climate, digital and healthcare. A finance contract of Euro 150 million for the Pune Metro Rail Project was signed by the Ministry of Finance, Government of India, and European Investment Bank.

India-EU Leaders Meeting has set a significant milestone by providing a new direction to the Strategic Partnership and giving a fresh impetus for implementing the ambitious India-EU Roadmap 2025 adopted at the 15th India-EU Summit held in July 2020.