The PM told the impressive gathering that "the role of the Indian community and Indian Americans in the transformation of the relations between the two countries is vital".
He said, "It is your creativity, knowledge, entrepreneurship and work ethic that has helped to greatly transform the image of India in American minds. No community in American history has achieved as much success in as short a time span as Indian Americans."
He further described the Indian American community as a bridge between the United States and India.
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