As it happened: Terrorism is incubated in India's neighbourhood, says Modi

Mr. Modi is the fifth Indian Prime Minister to address a joint meeting of Congress, and the first since 2005.

Updated - December 04, 2021 10:56 pm IST

Published - June 08, 2016 08:28 pm IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is addresssing a joint session of the U.S. Congress on Tuesday, on an invitiation from U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan.

Mr. Modi is the fifth Indian Prime Minister to address a joint meeting of Congress, and the first since 2005.

Live updates:

21.38 IST: Mr. Modi meets US Congress members after concluding his speech

21:35 IST: On that note the Prime Minister ends his speech.

21:34 IST: 'The Orchestra have sufficiently tuned their instruments, the baton has given the signal. And there is a new symphony in play.'

21:33 IST: Our relationship is prime for a momentous future. The constraints of past are behind us and foundations of the future firmly in place: Modi

21:32 IST: PM calls for transformational ideas in #IndiaUS ties to realise the full promise of this extraordinary relationship.

21:30 IST: For us in India, to live in harmony with mother earth is a part of our ancient belief: Modi

21:28 IST: Modi narrates Indio-US alliance in international forumns, including A strong US support for our initiative to form an international solar alliance.

21:27 IST: Modi talks about Indian Army's role at the time of natural diasaters and peacekeeping operations.

21:26 IST: I commend the members of the US Congress for sending a clear message to those who preach and practice terrorism for political gains.

21:25 IST: Globally, terrorism remains the biggest threat, going by different names, but with the common philosophy of hate, murder and violence

21:23 IST: Modi talks about terrorism being "nurtured by the neighbour". Although it's shadow is spreading across the world, terrorism is incubated in India's neighbourhood.

21:22 IST: Modi talks about India's aide to Afghanistan. Afghans naturally recognise that the sacrifice of America have helped in getting a better life, he says.

21:21 IST: The effectiveness of our cooperation would increase if international institutions were to reflect the realities of today: Modi

21:18 IST: Cooperation, not dominance. Connectivity not isolations. India is already responsibilities in the Indian Ocean Region.

21:17 IST: In every sector of India's march, I see U.S. as an indispensable partner. Let us work together to convert ideals into practical cooperation: Modi

21:16 IST: Stronger India is in US' strategic interest, says Modi

21:15 IST: Modi says he hopes to reach his goals with lighter carbon footprint and relying on renewables. The Hoouse cheers.

21:14 IST:

21:12 IST: India's people are already politically-empowered. I want them to be economically-empowered too by 2022, the 75th anniversary of Independence.

21:11 IST: I have travelled coast-to-coast, covering more than 25 states of America. I realised the real strength of the nation lies in the dreams of people.

21:10 IST: Modi talks about Indian-Americans. They are among your best CEOs; academics; scientists; economists; doctors; even spelling bee champions

21:09 IST: Siri tells there are over 30 million practitioners of Yoga in the US. Yet, we don't claim intellectual property rights on Yoga, Mr. Modi says.

21:08 IST: Defence purchases is now more than $10 billion in a decade: Modi

21:07 IST: We trade more with US than any other nation: Modi

21:06 IST: Our science and technology collaboration helps us cracking the age-old problems in public health, education and agriculture.

21:05 IST: The genius of Norman Borlaug brought the Green Revolution and food security to India: PM

21:04 IST: Mr. Speaker, I am also told you are known for bipartisanship. "You are not alone," he adds.

21:03 IST: In a lighter vein, Mr. Modi says I am told the working of US Congress is harmonious.

21:02 IST: ' We thank you for being there when the partnership was needed the most. India will never forget when US showed solidarity from terrorists attacked Mumbai in 2008.'

21:01 IST: Today, our relationship has overcome the hesitations of history. Comfort, candour, and convergence define our conversations: Modi

21:00 IST: Mr. Vajpayee called India and the U.S. as 'natural allies'.

20:59 IST: Mr. Modi goes on to say how B.R. Ambedkar was inspired by the U.S. Constitution.

20:58 IST: Today, a mere distance of three miles separates Martin Luther King Jr. and Gandhi at mMassachusetts Avenue.

20:57 IST: Prime Minister Modi recalls Swami Vivekananda's famous Chicago address.

20:56 IST: Our founders created a modern nation with freedom, democracy, and equality as the essence of its soul.Today, India lives as one; India grows as one; India celebrates as one: Modi

20:55 IST: 'Our founders created a modern nation with freedom, democracy, and equality as the essence of its soul.'

20:54 IST: There were many who doubted India when, as a newly independent nation, we reposed our faith in democracy, he says

20:53 IST: PM quotes President Lincoln, applauds spirit of America, dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal

20:51 IST: India applauds the great sacrifices of the men & women from 'The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave' in service of mankind. India knows what this means, because our soldiers have fallen in distant battlefields for the same ideals, the Prime Minister says.

20:50 IST: As a representative of world's largest democracy, it's a privilege to speak to the leaders of its oldest: Modi

20:49 IST: 'This temple of democracy has encouraged and empowered other democracies world over.'

20:48 IST: Modi begins his speech. I am deeply honoured by the invitation to adress the joint meet of the U.S. Congress, he says.

20:47 IST: Speaker Paul Ryan introduces Prime Minister.

20:46 IST: Mr. Modi greets the Vice President and Speaker.

20:44 IST: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at U.S. House. He is being greeted by Senators.

20:42 IST: Senator Reid said: One of my most cherished memories is a statue of Gandhi gifted by a student named Modi decades ago.

20:40 IST: Senators are tweeting from the House

20:35 IST: Speaker, Vice President Joe Biden and members are already seated. The PM adress will start any moment now, says U.S. Corresponent Varghese K. George

20:30 IST: Questions related to religious intolerance and violence, minority rights and the restrictions on civil society organisations in India have followed Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the U.S. The issues featured prominently in the conversation between Mr. Modi and President Barack Obama, according to senior U.S. administration officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity. >Read more

20:25 IST: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at U.S. Capitol Hill.

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