PM participates in unveiling of Sardar Patel’s statue in Canada

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended a ceremony in Markham, Canada on May 1, where a statue of Sardar Patel was unveiled at the Sanatan Mandir Cultural Centre.

  • PM Modi lauded the unveiling of the statue as a great initiative by the diaspora to deepen cultural ties with India.

  • He said that the statue of Sardar Patel would not only strengthen the cultural values but would also become a symbol of relations between the two countries.

  • He said, India is not only a nation, but also an idea and culture.

  • He said that India is that high level idea which talks of 'Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam'.

  • India-Canada relation 

  • India-Canada bilateral relationship is based on the shared values of democracy, pluralism, and extended economic engagement.

  • Relations between the two countries are based on shared democratic values, the multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and multi-religious nature of the two societies, and people-to-people ties.

  • The visit of the Prime Minister of India to Canada in 2015 has transformed the bilateral relationship into a strategic partnership.

  • Both the countries pursue bilateral relations through the following dialogue mechanisms-

  1. Joint Working Group on Higher Education(Since 2019)

  2. Ministerial Level – Strategic, Trade and Energy Dialogue

  3. Other sector specific joint working groups

  4. Joint Committee Meeting on Civil Nuclear cooperation

  5. India-Canada Strategic Dialogue by the External Affairs Ministers of both nations

  • Bilateral trade between India and Canada is worth US$ 5 billion.

  • More than 400 Canadian companies have a presence in India, and over 1,000 companies are actively trading in the Indian market.

  • India exports pharma, iron and steel, chemicals, gems and jewellery, nuclear reactors and boilers to Canada.

  • Imports include minerals, ores, vegetables, fertiliser, paper and pulp.

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