"Earlier, India was only seen as a market but now it is seen as a manufacturing hub for the world." He said all agencies describe India as the fastest growing economy in the world with most promise. He said India had been telling the world about the threats from terrorism for the past 30 years but it was not taken seriously.
"The world has accepted what India has been saying on terrorism: an enemy of humanity that needs to be countered through international cooperation," he said.
Modi said he and Russian president Vladimir Putin had talked in detail about the future of Eurasia and how it can create more opportunities for growth.
"We have explored the infinite possibilities. Our friendship with Russia can create prosperity in the entire Eurasian region," he said. He said Indian students in Russia should encourage at least five Russian families to visit India. Modi, whose speech was preceded by a cultural programme, said a woman -- Sati Kazanova, born to a Muslim family in Russia, a pop singer, had recited Vedic mantras. He extended his wishes to people on Christmas. Modi also remembered former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee whose birthday falls on December 25. Modi said he had been told that about 45,000 people took part in yoga programmes held in Russia to mark the International Day of Yoga.