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Pacific Islands To Benefit From Fiji’s Democracy

Other Pacific Island nations will also be able benefit from Fiji’s return to democracy, says Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Speaking at his only public engagement session which was held
20 Nov 2014 11:26
Pacific Islands To Benefit From Fiji’s Democracy

Other Pacific Island nations will also be able benefit from Fiji’s return to democracy, says Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Speaking at his only public engagement session which was held at the Nasinu campus of Fiji National University, Mr Modi said India had the welfare of the Pacific region in mind.

“If there is a mistake, democracy can correct it. We hope that Fiji’s return to democracy prospers over time. Not only Fiji, there are many islands in this region which will reap the benefits of Fiji’s democracy.

“We hope that Fiji’s democracy strengthens over time,” Mr Modi said while speaking in Hindi.

Mr Modi said many believed this was the century for Asia to shine. He said that while some were of the view that this is the century for China, others believed that this is the century for India.

He said at the end of the day, the 21st century is the century for Asia to shine on the world’s stage.

Mr Modi also focussed on education and the importance of tertiary institutes to encourage research and innovation.

“Our universities have the option of sticking to the books that our grandparents studied from and we study the same and our grandchildren also study the same old books, or they change with time.

“This is what we have to focus on. Encouraging research and innovation is very important for universities.”
Mr Modi said India’s strength was its youth and the Pacific can make their youth their strength as well.

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