US is India's Indispensable Partner: Narendra Modi

In his address to the joint sitting of US Congress Modi said terrorism is being incubated in India's neighbourhood

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said the United States is "an indispensable partner" in creating a stronger, more prosperous India that is in the best interest of both nations.

"As the U.S. businesses search for new areas of economic growth, markets for their goods, a pool of skilled resources, and global locations to produce and manufacture, India could be their ideal partner," said in his address to the joint sitting of US Congress, Modi,

With keeping Pakistan in mind, Modi said terrorism is being incubated in India’s neighbourhood.

The Prime Minister pressed for action against terrorist groups such as without making any distinction against terrorist groups such as Lashkar-e-Taiba, Taliban and the Islamic State who share the "same philosophy of hate, murder and killings".

In an apparent reference to the blocking of sale of 8 F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan, Modi praised the American Parliament for sending out a clear message by refusing to "reward" those who preach and practice terrorism for political gains.

Modi, in his 45-minute speech, covered all major aspects of the Indo-US relations, particularly strategic ties and civil nuclear cooperation. He emphasised that the two countries should leave "constraints of the past" behind as the "foundations of the future are firmly in place".

The Prime Minister also praised the manifold contributions of the Indian-American community to the US. “Connecting our two nations is also a unique and dynamic bridge of three million Indian Americans,” Modi said.

“They are among your best CEOs, academics, scientists, economics, doctors, even spelling bee champions,” he said eliciting standing applause from the US lawmakers.

He also mentioned the popularity of yoga and said India has not yet claimed intellectual property rights for it.

“SIRI (Siri Peterson Cavanna yoga classes) tells us that India's ancient heritage of yoga has over 30 million practitioners in the US,” the Prime Minister said.

“And, we have not yet claimed intellectual property rights on yoga,” he stated.