Naidu asks Indian diaspora to contribute to its growth story


Gaborone/New Delhi, Indians living abroad can contribute to the exciting growth story unfolding in India today, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said on Thursday. Addressing an Indian community reception, Mr Naidu said the Indian diaspora in Botswana has not only well-integrated into its pluralistic, free and democratic society, but also have immensely contributed to the economy of Botswana. 'We Indians take pride in being enterprising, inclusive and law abiding community,' he said, adding that in whichever part of the world they live, Indians have excelled. He was addressing the Indian community reception, organised by High Commissioner of India to Botswana, Dr Rajesh Ranjan, at Baisago Convocation Centre in Gaborone, Botswana. Minister of State for Social Justice & Empowerment Krishan Pal Gurjar was present on the occasion. Stating that the Indian government attached great importance to its fellow countrymen who were living abroad, he expressed happiness that Indians in Botswana have contributed hugely to the successful story of Botswana's economic growth. 'You are India's cultural ambassadors and the world sees you as the representatives of Indian values and way of life,' he remarked. Asking Indians living in Botswana to look at the transformation that India was undergoing, the Vice President said India was changing rapidly and the business environment was changing for the better. Indians had ventured out into the global arena and made a mark. And now they should also look at how they could contribute to the exciting growth story unfolding in India today, he suggested. Mr Naidu asked the Indians living abroad to continue the mission of carrying India’s message to the world and bring back the best from other countries to India, so that 'our country can advance much more rapidly,' an official statement here said.