Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who returned from a week-long US visit on Saturday, addressed thousands of BJP workers and supporters at Palam airport and said that that respect for India has increased around the world in the last five years.
"After assuming office in 2014, I went to the UN. I went to the UN even now. In these five years, I have seen a big change. The respect for India, the enthusiasm towards India has increased significantly. This is due to the 130 crore Indians," he said while addressing the people gathered to welcome him at the airport.
PM Modi today returned from his nearly a week-long trip to the US where he addressed the UN General Assembly and several events, including the mega "Howdy Modi!" diaspora gathering.
"The 'Howdy, Modi' event in Houston was grand. President Trump was present there. In addition to all this, what stands out is the manner in which the Indian community in USA, in Texas and in Houston showcased their presence," he said.
He also praised the valour of amry jawans who excuted surgical strike three years ago. "Three years ago, on the night of September 28, the brave soldiers of my country enhanced had showcased the glory of India before the world by executing the surgical strike. Remembering that night today, I salute the courage of our brave soldiers." said PM Modi.
The BJP organised a grand welcome for the prime minister outside the Palam Technical Area where thousands of party workers gathered. Multi-layer security arrangements were in place for the prime minister with deployment of 10 additional companies of police.
Anti-sabotage teams and snipers were also deployed at designated rooftops to keep a thorough watch.
Before leaving for Delhi, the prime minister thanked the American people for the "exceptional welcome, warmth and hospitality" and expressed confidence that the diverse range of programmes he attended during the stay will greatly benefit India and its development trajectory.