Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on a two-day visit to Iran, where few major deals were signed, including the Chahabar port deal. But one thing PM Modi missed in his visit, and that was opportunity to meet Indian community there. Though the missed chance is much over the Indians living there, they are now planning to approach Prime Minister Modi to provide financial assistance to develop and renovate a gurdwara (place of worship for Sikhs). As the community was not able to meet him, they expressed grief and also asked for Rs. 10 crores help.
In a telephonic conversation with Times of India, Pervinder Singh, Vice President of Indian Iran Chamber of Commerce and Industry said, “We wanted Modi to give Rs. 10 crore for the development of Gurdwara Bhai Ganga Singh Sabha.” Expressing grief for not being able to meet PM Modi, he further added, “We wanted Modi to break the security protocol and mingle with us, listen to our issues as he often does during his foreign visits, but it didn’t happen. We are saddened.”
The Indian living in Iran had apparently been expecting PM Modi to support them in some form as they believe that the Gurdwara had helped a lot to all Indian refugees. And this is the reason that they were asking Modi for some funds for renovation and expansion work.
Modi paid homage to Gurdwara Bhai Ganga Singh Sabha. At the Gurdwara, a lot of people had gathered to greet him and PM Modi was presented with a sword. The TOI quoted Pervinder Singh saying, “We all are of the view that Modi should have spent more time with the Indian community in Iran and have one-to-one interactions with us. There are just 50 Indian families in the gurdwara who were longing to have a close interaction with Modi, may be for a few minutes.” All the Indians were really willing there to inform Modi about their achievements in Iran. They also know that Modi is aware about their problems in Iran. But they are still not sure as to whether any issue was taken up by Modi or not.
Recently, a meeting was also held by all the Indians living in Iran with Indian ambassador Sourabh Kumar. This was done ahead of the visit by the Prime Minister so that they could tell him all the issues which they would like to talk about to the Prime Minister.
He further added, “We, the Indian community here, could be the game changers. We know the investment opportunities in Iran. There could be business, social, cultural, agricultural and sports delegation exchanges with Punjab and multifaceted agreements with Iran.”
We are yet to hear a word from Indian government on the request.