09 June 2009. The Indian diaspora has a reason to smile. The country’s prime minister has been described as a great world leader by none else that his counterpart Gordon Brown.
The British prime minister says Manmohan Singh is a great leader, not only of India, but of the world.
"It is a great honour for any democratic country in the world to have a leader like Dr Manmohan Singh. He is a great leader not only of India but of the world," Brown was quoted as saying by leading NRI Labour MP Virender Sharma.
Sharma also appealed to the Indian diaspora in the UK to send a united message to Singh that they were fully behind him, so that India could become a major economic power by 2020.
Sharma was speaking at a function organised by the Indian Overseas Congress to celebrate the victory of Congress Party in the recent general elections in India. Sharma said he had raised the issue in the House of Commons and Brown had praised Manmohan Singh while replying to the discussion.
Sharma said Singh has emerged as one of the three major leaders, along with US President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, at the recent G-20 summit here."As an Indian I feel proud of India," he said.
Indian Overseas Congress president Balwant Kapur said Congress president Sonia Gandhi, prime minister Manmohan Singh and youth Congress leader Rahul Gandhi were mainly responsible for the party’s good performance in the recent elections.
Former Punjab minister Malkiat Singh and several NRI leaders also spoke at the function and said the mandate was in favour of stability, transparency and good performance.