Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2017

India can emerge a superpower: Suriname

WORDS of wisdom: Michael Ashwin Adhin, Suriname Vice-President, at the inauguration of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in Bengaluru on Saturday.   | Photo Credit: K_MURALI_KUMAR

Suriname Vice-President Michael Ashwin Adhin has said that India should transfer nature-friendly technology to Suriname to enable it to compete in the global market.

“Transformation of India implies an influential India at the global-level and there has to be a greater economic and technological cooperation. Any contribution by the Indian diaspora to India should be mutually beneficial,” Mr. Adhin said during his keynote address at the inauguration of the three-day Pravasi Bharatiya Divas here on Saturday.

Balance of power

Quoting from the Bhagavad Gita and Upanishads, the 36-year-old Vice-President recited verses in Sanskrit during his nearly 15-minute address on the “Role of diaspora youth in the rransformation of India” organised as part of Youth Pravasi Divas.

Urging to minimise monopoly in businesses, he said that new nations should be encouraged to grow to bring balance of power. “India should emerge as superpower not only because it has the potential, but also because it has spirituality and values that define a Vishwa Guru — world teacher,” he said.

Recalling the arrival of Indians at Suriname as indentured labourers from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar between 1873 and 1916, he said currently, Indians accounted for 30 per cent of the country’s population and held key positions in society. “They did not forget their roots. They brought along with them knowledge of medicinal plants, plant seeds and musical instruments,” he said.

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