Paris, Apr. 12: Prime MinisterNarendra Modi on Saturday said gone are the days when India had to beg; now the country commands its rights over becoming a member of the United Nations Security Council.
"Gone are the days when India had to beg; now we command our rights. The occasion of World War I centenary is an opportunity to give the land of Gandhi and Budhha its right. India is a nation that has always believed in world peace," the Prime Minister said, at a community reception in Paris.
Targeting the Indian audience in France, Prime Minister Modi said that though the colour of their passports might have changed, the colour of their blood is still the same.
"This is my last community address in France as I am going to Germany after this. Today, I have come here to take all the tourists to India. First I had come here with a curiosity about France; today I've come with a dream to take my nation ahead," he said.
"There are many Indians living in France today. The colour of your passports might have changed but the colour of our blood hasn't. I am sitting to far but I would like to salute those people," he added.
He also said that it was unfortunate that India, which is known as the land of love and sacrifice, is today struggling for a single seat in the UN Security council.
Earlier, the Prime Minister paid homage to martyred Indian soldiers at a memorial in Neuve Chapelle.
Prior to the homage, Prime Minister Modi visited a Prefecture in Toulouse, France. He also attended a presentation of Airbus' suppliers and interacted with representatives of some of the key local Airbus partners in the city.
The Prime Minister, who is currently on the first leg on his three-nation nine-day tour, arrived at the UNESCO headquarters at Place de Fontenoy, Paris yesterday.
Prime Minister Modi will reach the German city of Hannover on Sunday on the second leg of his visit. He will reach Canadian capital Ottawa on Tuesday on the final leg of his visit. (ANI)