New PM Modi promises 'strong, inclusive' India

New PM Modi promises 'strong, inclusive' India

NEW DELHI - New Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised to forge a "strong and inclusive" India on Monday after being sworn in at an inauguration ceremony attended by regional leaders.

"As we devote ourselves to take India's development journey to newer heights, we seek your support, blessings and active participation," Modi said in a statement published on the prime minister's website.

"Together we will script a glorious future for India," added the 63-year-old Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader, who has an image as a hardline Hindu nationalist.

"Let us together dream of a strong, developed and inclusive India that actively engages with the global community to strengthen the cause of world peace and development."

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