This Article is From Nov 13, 2015

In India, Every Footballer Wants to Bend it Like Beckham: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the British Parliament.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi -- who is on a three-day visit to the United Kingdom - spoke today at the Royal Gallery of the the British Parliament. Before this, he held bilateral talks with his UK counterpart David Cameron.

Here are the top ten quotes from his speech, delivered in English:

  1. I'm truly honoured to speak in the British Parliament. I'm delighted to be London. Even in this globalised world, London is still the standard of our times. It represents the finest in human achievement.

  2. Earlier we paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi's statue outside the Parliament. I was asked about how that statue came about here. I said British were wise enough to recognise him, India was generous enough to share him.

  3. Tomorrow we hope to be Wembley. It will be an expression of joy for all that we share -- values, shares, political systems, sports, culture and art.

  4. We have the comfort of familiarity. Indians invest more in Britain than in other EU countries combined because they find an environment that is welcoming and familiar. It takes and Indian icon Tata to run a British icon and become the nation's largest private sector employer.

  5. It is hard to tell anymore if some things are British or Indian. The Jaguar or the Scotland Yard, for example. The Brooke Bond tea or my friend late Lord Ghulam Nun's curry. We love the Bhangra rap from London just as you like the English novel from India. In India, every young footballer wants to bend it like Beckham.

  6. The motto of Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas is a vision of participation and prosperity for every citizen. I will dedicate (BR) Ambedkar's house to cause of social justice. 

  7. In a nation connected by cell phones, Digital India is changing the interface between citizens and world.

  8. We must support a common definition of terrorism in the UN. And we need a social movement against extremism in countries where they originate.

  9. The world needs common but differentiated responsibilities to combat climate change.

  10. I propose to launch an international solar alliance at Paris. We look forward to innovative Britain as a partner in this initiative. Clean energy is an important pillar of our relationship.



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