Addressing thousands of NRIs at the Madison Square Garden, Modi invited them to come to India and set up businesses as part of his newly launched 'Make in India'

He said India was no longer a country of snake charmers. "Our ancestors used to play with snakes, but today our youth plays with mouse (of computer)," he said while recalling a conversation he had once with a foreigner.

"The US is world's oldest democracy and India is world's biggest democracy. People from entire world come to live in the US but it is people from India who reside in across the world," he said.

Modi lauded the role played by NRIs in taking ahead India's place in front of the US and the entire world.

He also called for their support in campaigns like Clean India and Clean Ganga, saying that cleaning of Ganga also was part of his economic agenda as economic conditions of nearly 40 percent of Indian population could be linked to the river.

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