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Making a Difference Through Social Media

Dear Friends,

Periodically, I have a chance to interact with many people who are working on one or the other social cause or a national issue. These are bright individuals spanning across all age groups and from various parts of India who have taken up a cause to bring about a qualitative difference in society. These range from helping poor girls in their education, inculcating traffic sense, to spearheading blood donation to those in need.

Whenever I interact with them, I am truly amazed at the manner in which they have been innovatively using social media to tirelessly go about pursuing their respective causes, working for change. In every sense, they are an army without a General- infact they themselves are their own Generals and soldiers. Giving so much time and energy on the web selflessly for a cause is not a small feat and this surely calls for creativity, alertness and concern. I salute these individuals for their commitment. Despite busy schedules and professional careers, to devote time to such causes is absolutely commendable.

As I have stated, these people are not constrained by geography or age group. People from all over are contributing. As a matter of fact, NRIs are fast considering social media as their one stop for all the latest news on events back home due to its crisp and objective nature. Furthermore, they too are creatively responding by contributing in various ways.

Due to social media, long gone are the days when it was a herculean task for the common man to make himself heard. Today, discourse is being set in a realm where even the common man has the opportunity to make his or her voice heard. There are also instances where even the mainstream media has had to have another look at what has been published due to factual intervention by those active on social media.

Friends, I must share that there are times when I myself get to learn a lot from social media be it in terms of quality feedback, some updates and most importantly some wonderful humour in the midst of our routine. I have even met some wonderful people through social media platforms.

There are several people out there who are doing some wonderful things, adding tremendous value in the lives of others. What is even more impressive is the manner in which they have integrated latest technology and social media in their quest to bring about the difference in society. These friends who are positively contributing on social media are playing an important role towards realizing Swami Vivekananda’s dream of a glorious India. Their contributions are truly worthy of applause.

 

Yours

Narendra Modi

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Fulfilling Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya ji’s dream of a developed and just India
September 25, 2015
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Dear Friends,

Today we bow to Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya ji, on his birth anniversary. This year the occasion is even more special as it marks the beginning of Deendayal ji’s centenary year.

Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya is our inspiration. From his life we learn how an individual completely devoted himself to the wellbeing of the nation and the service of the poor. As a political organiser, his work was legendary. Without getting trapped into the lure for power he continued to work, selflessly.

Deendayal ji gave us the Mantra of ‘Integral Humanism’, which has been our guiding principle. This Mantra of ‘Integral Humanism’ stands out as a clear way of thought firmly rooted in the Indian tradition. ‘Integral Humanism also stands out for its emphasis on decentralization and attaches immense importance to the economic progress of every human being.

When I say that the Government of India is a government for the poor, it is deeply inspired by Deendayal ji’s idea of Antyodaya or serving the very last person in the society. India’s progress is dependent on how quickly we can free our nation from the clutches of poverty and provide every Indian a life of dignity, opportunity and aspiration.

For years, the poor of India figured prominently in rhetoric of politicians but when it came to delivery on the ground, there was a wide gap. Our government has been laser focused on bridging this gap. All our key initiatives, from Swachh Bharat, to ensuring that the poor have bank accounts, to creating a social security and pension framework to 24/7 electricity and housing for all are aimed at bringing a qualitative difference in the lives of the poor. The scope and scale of these initiatives is wide and unprecedented but we are confident that we will complete them and deliver the desired results.

Exactly on this day last year, the ‘Make in India’ initiative was launched. We believe that India is the ideal destination for companies from across the world to invest in. Our demographic dividend is ideally suited to drive this change and make India a hub for manufacturing, cutting edge research and innovation. With industry will come greater employment and learning opportunities for our youth, which will ignite the lamp of progress and prosperity in their lives.

A year on, I am meeting with top business leaders and investors in the United States, building on the ground we had covered last year. Wherever I am travelling, I have seen renewed enthusiasm towards investing in India. We, on our part are doing everything possible to further this spirit. We have made doing business easier, are working to make our tax structures more predictable, stable and competitive. We are simplifying procedures and removing regulations that are unnecessary. We are placing enormous focus on technology as well.

I am confident these efforts will directly benefit the poor of India and provide them the windows of opportunity they deserve.

Today, I will be addressing a UN Summit on adoption of post-2015 Development Agenda. The world is taking note of the menace of climate change and it must be highlighted that the greatest sufferers of the adverse consequences of climate change will be the poor. It is in a way a manifestation of Antyodaya that today the global community, from leaders to individuals and organisations are coming together to find ways to mitigate this adversity. I am hopeful we will draw up a clear roadmap on Climate Change Mitigation and towards Sustainable Development that will directly benefit the poor and the marginalised.

Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya always said, ‘Charaiveti, Charaiveti.’ This was an inspiring call to keep pursuing your mission without being overcome by any obstacles, to establish a system of sacrifice and hardwork. Let us follow the path shown by Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya and work together to fulfil his dream of a developed and just India, where the poorest of the poor is taken care of.

 

Yours,

Narendra Modi