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The Founder of Singapore was a torchbearer of hope for Asia: Modi

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text]Singapore: The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, who is in Singapore to attend the funeral of the founding father of Singapore, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, today met the Emeritus Senior Minister of Singapore, Mr. Goh Chok Tong. He also met Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore, Mr. Tharman Shanmugaratnam. Shri Modi exressed his feelings in following words: "The passing of Lee Kuan Yew, is not the passing of an individual, but indeed, of an era. He was a torchbearer of hope, not just for Singapore, but for all of Asia. Today, the flame is no more, but this was a torch that lit the lamp of hope in many new nations. As long as these lamps flicker, he will continue to inspire, eternally. His personal life was an inspiration for many like me. I bow to this committed Karma Yogi, this great man. On behalf of all Indians, I pay homage to him." S-2 He said India and Singapore should work together more closely, in tune with the thinking of Mr. Lee Kuan Yew. He said Mr. Lee Kuan Yew’s drive for public housing and cleanliness are models for us. The Singapore Deputy Prime Minister appreciated the efforts of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, towards cooperative competitive federalism. The Prime Minister met Emeritus Senior Minister of Singapore Goh Chok Tong, who said Singapore appreciates India’s gestures during Singapore`s hour of grief. Remarks by PM to the Media at Singapore Friends, I am visiting Singapore at a sad moment. The passing away of H.E. Mr. Lee Kuan Yew marks the end of an era. He was among the tallest leaders of our times. Singapore`s transformation in one generation is a tribute to his leadership. In the 50th anniversary year of Singapore`s independence, I am sure that he left satisfied with Singapore`s achievements and confident about its future. He inspired not just Southeast Asia, but all of Asia, to believe in its own destiny. He was a global thinker, who saw things ahead of others. He was an advocate of economic progress, but also made tireless efforts to advance peace and stability in our region. In India, we deeply valued his friendship and his support for India`s economic progress and global role. He believed in India`s potential more than many of us did. India`s economy is growing rapidly. India`s relations with Singapore is one of our strongest relationships in the world. India`s integration with Southeast Asia and beyond is growing. Singapore is a key pillar of India`s Act East Policy. So, his vision is coming true. The seeds he sowed are bearing fruits today. Personally, he was a source of inspiration for me. His achievements and thoughts give me confidence in the possibility of India`s own transformation. The people of India share this nation`s grief over the loss of its founding father and leader. We are observing a day of public mourning in India today in honour of the departed leader and the deep bonds of friendship that we share with Singapore. I bring here today the condolences and prayers of the people of India.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row] Shri Modi also met world leaders on the sideline of the funeral:
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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi with the Prime Minister of Australia, Mr. Tony Abbott and the former President of USA, Mr. Bill Clinton, in Singapore
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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi meeting the President of Israel, Mr Reuven Rivlin, in Singapore
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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi meets the Governor General of Canada, His Excellency the Right Honorable David Johnston, in Singapore

About Sanjay Trivedi

Sanjay Trivedi is honorary editor of Asia Times. He is senior Indian Journalist having vast experience of 25 years. He worked in Janmabhoomi, Vyapar, Divya Bhaskar etc. newspapers and TV9 Channel as well as www.news4education.com. He also served as Media Officer in Gujarat Technological University.

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