‘Sardar Vallabhbhai’s statue to represent Canada-India relation’: PM Modi

New Delhi: After unveiling the statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel at Sanatan Mandir at Markham in Canada, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said the statue will represent the relationship between the two countries.

“Sardar Vallabhbhai’s statue at Sanatan Mandir will not only strengthen our cultural values but also become a symbol of relation between the 2 countries,” said PM Modi.

“An Indian may live anywhere in the world for generations but his Indianness and devotion to India don’t decrease even a little. Whatever nation he resides in, he serves it honestly. Democratic values and sense of duty carried by his ancestors from India live in a corner of his heart,” added the Prime Minister.

He further said, “It happens as India is a great tradition, ideological establishment, a stream of culture, besides being a country. It is a supreme thought that speaks of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam. It doesn’t dream of its upliftment at the cost of others’ loss. It prays for welfare of entire world.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared his remarks at an event in Canada’s Markham where the statue of Sardar Patel was unveiled at the Sanatan Mandir Cultural Centre.

Earlier in the day, the Prime Minister informed about his speech and said, “This is a great initiative by our diaspora to deepen cultural linkages with India.”

first published:May 1, 2022, 9:16 p.m.

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