NEW DELHI — Prime Minister Narendra Modi reworked the magic of New York's Madison Square Garden once again as he addressed a large gathering at Dubai's cricket stadium.
Addressing a 50,000-strong Indian diaspora at the Dubai Cricket Stadium, the Prime Minister called Dubai a 'mini-India.'
"Dubai is no longer a mini-India," he said, " It has now become a mini-world."
Praising the Indian citizens living in Dubai, he said, "Even if it rains in India, people in Dubai open their umbrellas to keep us safe."
"When Vajpayee ji had asked Indians all over the world to help the nation, people from UAE helped the most," he added.
Taking a dig at the former Prime Ministers and the UPA government, Modi said, "So many flights are there between India and UAE but it took 34 years for a PM to visit this nation."
Modi also said that he is happy today about the joint statement released by India and UAE and thanked the Crown Prince for the 'warm welcome' and the 'love'.
"You would also be happy to know the Crown Prince has pledged an investment of Rs. 4.5 lakh crore in India," he said.
Modi also thanked the top leaders of UAE for backing the candidature of India's permanent membership in the United Nations Security Council.
Bringing up the issue of terror, Modi said, "Those who indulge in terror must be punished and this is the message that has resonated from here today." In a veiled to attack on Pakistan, the Prime Minister then said, "samajhne wale samajh jayenge (the message will be clear to those it's intended for)."
Thanking the Indian citizens in UAE for their contribution, Modi said, "The people have come here as labourers. I may or may not do something for people in the US, but if I am unable to do something for you, I become restless. For Indians, we don't look at the colour of passports, the color of blood is enough."