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Speech of Mr. Narendra Modi

Chief Minister, Gujarat

At the Inaugural Function of

Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit- 2013

11th January, 2013

Mahatma Mandir, Gandhinagar

 

Ladies and Gentlemen!

I stand here humbly to welcome this large and global gathering. Friends! This land where you are seated is the Land of Mahatma Gandhi. Gujarat is the land which has given leadership to the entire Nation in several areas including our freedom struggle and the white revolution. The timing of this summit is also auspicious because it coincides with the 150th Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. We in India believe that the whole world is a family, what we call ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’. This belief is even more strongly displayed in the thought and action of the people of Gujarat. They went across the seven seas, centuries ago. Once upon a time, Gujarat was the gateway to the Globe from India. Now it is becoming the Global Gate way to India. And thus, Gujarat welcomes you with open arms to this summit which has grown far beyond the boundaries of Gujarat.

From a small beginning in 2003, this summit has evolved into a a truly international affair. This has happened, primarily because of the support and trust of  investors and entrepreneurs like you. In addition to growing big, this event is an example of the evolution and institutionalization of a good intention. The institutionalization has gone to the extent that though the last quarter of 2012 was a period of elections in Gujarat, we decided to hold it on its regular schedule. In spite of several constraints related to outreach, because of Election Code of Conduct, you can see such a huge turnout. I take this opportunity to thank all those who have supported the Vibrant Gujarat initiative. I request each one of you to spend some time to see its various facets before you leave the venue.

I would particularly recommend seeing the Exhibition which is the biggest ever in India. More than a thousand national and international companies are displaying their products and processes. I also encourage you to take advantage of the presence of a large number of players from all over India. The officials of the Gujarat Government have particularly lined up a number of B2B and B2G meetings on the three days of the Summit. Before leaving Gujarat, you should also see our International Kite Festival on 13th January at Ahmedabad.

On this occasion, I would like to particularly thank the Government of Japan and the Government of Canada for their continued partnership with this event. I also thank other partners of the event, particularly CII, JETRO, USIBC, UKIBC, AIBC and the ICCC.

It is my privilege to welcome His Excellency the Vice Minister of METI of Japan, His Excellency the Ambassador of Japan, His Excellency the High Commissioner of Canada, His Excellency the High Commissioner of Britain, His Excellency the Vice Governor of Yunnan Province of China, His Excellency the Vice- Governor of Astrakhan, His Excellency the Ambassador of Denmark, and other Excellencies, members and representatives of the foreign Diplomatic Missions in India who are present here. I warmly welcome Mr. Patrick Brown. I also welcome Hon. Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab. I welcome Hon. Ministers from other States. I particularly welcome all the dignitaries sitting on the Dias and the captains of Indian Industry who are the encouraging face of this event.

I welcome everyone present here. I extend a warm welcome to all the national and international participants, delegates and companies. I also welcome the officials of the Government of India and those who have come from various States of India. I welcome the members of national and international media. A record number of Indian and Foreign companies have joined this event as participants or exhibitors. I welcome all of them. Many Countries and almost all Indian States have decided to make use of this forum and are holding their own seminars. I hope your time spent here will be fruitful and your stay here will be comfortable.

Friends! We are meeting at a very crucial stage of our social and economic life.  Last few years have not been very encouraging for the global economy. This has had its impact on the livelihoods and social lives of the people across the globe. Even the fastest growing economies of the world have experienced a slowdown. This situation has impacted India also and the growth of our economy has slowed down recently. It will be a great service to the global community if this forum and platform can display the commitment for betterment of economy and betterment of the lives affected. This platform also provides the scope to debate and evolve mechanisms which make our economies sustainable and dependable. All of us want a solution to this. But none of us are individually competent to find it. Collectively, we can and we must. Thus, the first and foremost expectation from this Summit is send a positive message for the Global Economy.

Despite the global slowdown, our growth rates in Gujarat have not been impacted very adversely. We have acquired an element of resilience in the economy. It stands equally on all three important pillars - Manufacturing, Services and Agriculture. We have thus not only been able to sail through, but have maintained 10% plus growth rate in all the three sectors. Our economy has sustained itself and sustained our jobs and livelihoods.  In fact, many of our entrepreneurs have used this time for internal corrections. You will be happy to know that due to these corrections, we were able to withstand the shocks without any labour retrenchment. Even more satisfying is the fact that the managements and labor force have managed the situation in a collaborative manner. This is what Gujarat is known for. Togetherness is our biggest strength. We know how to get together. We know how to stand together. And we know how to grow together.

Friends! Today’s world is characterized by two phenomena- the power of Technology and the power of Information. We in India are further fascinated by the power of our Youth. We have to harness this and to put it to our advantage. We, in Gujarat, have specifically made efforts to use all these three drivers of the modern world. I am a firm believer in three pillars of progress in the modern world: Skill, Speed and Scale. We are using technology to bring in speed in Governance and in execution of programmes. We are focusing on skill development of our youth in a big way. We are also visualizing projects which are innovative, ambitious and futuristic. I firmly believe that this century is India’s century. And to be realistically so, it has to be the century of the Indian Youth. We have drawn elaborate plans for Youth Led Development. Women are going to be equal and active partners in this process. Swami Vivekanand said, “India will be raised, not with the power of the flesh, but with the power of the spirit”. I am sure; we will revive the whole of India with our faith in the power of youth and its actualization.

Gujarat has evolved and implemented many innovative and far-reaching solutions to India’s old and historic problems. Whether it be water conservation or electrifying rural areas. Whether it be ensuring institutional deliveries or enrolling the girl child in education. We have ensured that such problems are solved for good. We have ensured that they are solved with people’s participation. We have also ensured that the solutions become sustainable. We also ensure that they lead to measureable outcomes and visible change for the individual and society. Many of these projects have been recognized at National and International levels. Many are being replicated by other States of India. I say here with utmost sincerity that the development model of Gujarat provides numerous insights for the developing world. We have created a model which makes use of local resources and local talent.  At the same time, it offers solutions which are right and relevant in the global perspective.

Friends! Our model of development has brought smiles on millions of faces. That is how I am with you in this event today. Making use of this forum, once again, I want to thank the people of Gujarat and everyone else for giving me the opportunity to serve them. I am overwhelmed by the fact that all of you had so much confidence in this event and its continuity, that you had declared your support in advance. This confidence of people from within and outside Gujarat is a confidence in positivity. However, this confidence of people casts a lot of responsibility on our shoulders. The expectations are high and they are rising. My Government and I are not only committed to fulfill these expectations but to do more than expected. The good thing about the whole situation is that what we promised during the elections is only a continuation and expansion of what we had already planned. Our plans have always been futuristic, robust and responsible. In a nut-shell, we have assured our people that we sincerely want to benchmark our infrastructure, our human development, our technologies and our processes with the best of the world. We have completed our first phase of development, and now we are ushering in the second phase-a more robust, more dynamic, and more modernized Gujarat.

I would like to give you some examples of what constitutes our global vision. Our per capita consumption of electricity is double the average of India but two third of the average of the developed world. We have committed to make it on par with the developed world. Similarly, we have said that cooking gas will be made available to all urban households through pipeline. We have assured our people to construct five million new houses. We have committed to covering even the remaining 30% of the households with piped water. We have resolved that we will enhance the income of our farmers manifold by scientific agri-practices and agro-processing. We have already provided round the clock power and broadband connectivity up to the village level. Now, we have promised Wi-Fi connectivity across the State. We have undertaken to modernize our industrial clusters and make our small and cottage industries stronger. Simultaneously, we will be setting up world class Investment Regions and Smart Cities, world class Ports, Road, Rail, Logistics, Health, Education, Transport, Sanitation, Environmental and Tourism infrastructure. Maximum value addition on natural resources and local products is going to be our new focus. We have already undertaken gigantic initiatives in Solar and Wind Energy. We are already the biggest creator of jobs in the country. Our new initiatives will lead to creation of more than three million additional jobs. And to prepare the human resources, we have committed to create new age Training and Skill Development Institutions.

Friends! Gujarat has always been a high potential location and a rewarding economy. You will find an opportunity in every sector of the economy. You will also find pro-active policy provisions and hand-holding mechanisms to support you. Very recently, a survey has been conducted on the economic freedom of Indian States. I am happy to say that Gujarat has ranked first. I welcome you all with your ideas, initiatives, innovations and entrepreneurship. I invite and encourage you to build your homes and brighten your hopes in Gujarat. I urge you to make Gujarat a productive field for the seeds of your dreams.

Friends, hard core financial investments will always be a desired phenomenon for the economy. However, we have deliberately added newer areas in the agenda of this Summit. This time, our focus is on knowledge, technology and innovation. We want our youth and our SMEs to particularly benefit from this. The emphasis is on R&D, knowledge sharing and building cross-cultural partnerships. We want this summit to become a Bridge of Technology. We want this summit to become an Incubator for innovators and entrepreneurs. We want it to become a global University preparing bright men and women. We want this Summit to be a light house for sustainable development. There cannot be a better place than Mahatma Mandir for this purpose, dedicated to the memory of Mahatma Gandhi. There is no one better than Gandhi to guide us on how to use natural resources for our wellbeing, while simultaneously nurturing and harnessing them.

Friends! History has repeatedly shown us that the economic models based on exploitation will not work. There was a time when exploitation of labour was an issue. We tried to find solutions to it. Today, exploitation of nature and its resources is a burning issue. I will go a step further. Even exploitation of markets is not going to help. Unless the people living in those markets are empowered; unless the local capacities to produce are improved; unless the people are made partners in progress; their purchasing power would not sustain. Only such partnerships will be able to offer the sustainability we desire in our economic, social and personal lives. So, I reiterate that this event is not just about investments. It is not just about projects which give financial returns. It is about injecting positivity in the economic environment. It is about inducting togetherness in our socio-economic activities. It is about bringing Global and Local inclusiveness in our economic processes.

I welcome you once again to the Summit. I welcome you to Gujarat. I will be happy to work with you in the march of your journey. I will be equally happy to see the realization of your dreams. I will be happier to see them realize at the earliest.

Thank You!   

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Namaskar!

Present with me in this programme, Gujarat Governor Acharya Shri Dev Vrat ji, the country’s Education Minister Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank ji, Chief Minister of Gujarat Shri Vijay Rupani ji, Education Minister of Gujarat Shri Bhupendra Singh ji, Chairman of UGC Prof. D.P.Singh ji, Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University Vice-Chancellor Prof. Ami Upadhyay ji, Association of Indian Universities President Prof. Taj Pratap ji, all dignitaries and friends.

Today when the country is celebrating the Amrit Mahotsav of Independence, the occasion of Babasaheb Ambedkar ji's birth anniversary also connects us with that great yagna and also with the inspiration of the future. On behalf of the grateful nation and all the countrymen, I pay my respectful homage to Babasaheb.

Friends,

During the freedom struggle, millions and millions of our freedom fighters dreamt of a harmonious and inclusive India. Babasaheb made the beginning in realizing those dreams in the form of the Constitution to the country. Today India is creating a new future and achieving new dimensions of success by following the same Constitution.

Friends,

Today, the 95th meeting of the Vice Chancellors of Association of Indian Universities is taking place on this auspicious day. Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University has announced the establishment of 'Babasaheb Samarasta Chair'. The four books written by Shri Kishore Makwana ji have also been released on Babasaheb's life, his thoughts and ideals. I congratulate all the dignitaries involved in these efforts.

Friends,

India has been the mother of democracy in the world. Democracy has been an integral part of our civilization and our way of life. Babasaheb laid a strong foundation to independent India so the nation could move forward while strengthening its democratic heritage. When we read and understand Babasaheb, we realize that he was a person of universal vision.

There is a clear vision of Babasaheb's philosophy in Shri Kishore Makwana ji's books. While one of his books introduces Babasaheb’s “Jeevan Darshan” (philosophy of life), the other focuses on “Vyakti Darshan” (individual philosophy). Similarly, the third book highlights Babasaheb's “Rashtra Darshan” (national philosophy), whereas the fourth book “Aayam Darshan” will introduce his philosophy of dimension to the countrymen.  These four philosophies are no less than modern scriptures in themselves.

I would like our new generation in colleges and universities to read more and more of such books. All these dimensions, whether it is the inclusive society, the concern for the rights of the Dalit-deprived society, the question of upliftment and contribution of women, or Babasaheb's vision on education and especially on higher education, will offer an opportunity to the youth of the country to understand Babasaheb.

Friends,

Doctor Ambedkar would say:

"My three revered deities are -- Knowledge, self-respect and politeness.” Self-respect comes with knowledge and makes a person aware of his or her rights. Through equal rights, social harmony emerges and the country progresses.

We are all familiar with Babasaheb's struggles of life. The position that Babasaheb reached after so many struggles is a great inspiration for all of us. Our education system and universities have this responsibility to carry the country forward on the path shown by Babasaheb Ambedkar. And when it is the issue of common goals and shared efforts as a nation, collective efforts become the means of accomplishment.

Therefore, I think the role of Association of Indian Universities becomes very important. AIU also has the legacy of scholars like Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan ji, Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, Smt. Hansa Mehta and Dr. Zakir Hussain.

Dr. Radhakrishnan ji would say: “The end-product of education should be a free creative man, who can battle against historical circumstances and adversities of nature”.

It implies that education should be such which should liberate the person, so that he can think openly, and make something new with a new thinking. He believed that we should develop our education management as a unit of the entire world. But at the same time, he emphasized the Indian character of education. This becomes even more important in the global scenario today.

Here special issues were released on the new 'National Education Policy' and plan for its implementation. These issues are detailed documents how National Education Policy is a futuristic policy, a policy of global parameters. You all scholars are familiar with the nuances of the National Education Policy. The purpose of education that Dr. Radhakrishnan ji spoke about is reflected in the core of this policy.

I am told that this time the theme of the seminar is - 'Implementing National Educational Policy-2020 to Transforming Higher Education in India'. All of you deserve congratulations for this.

I have been constantly discussing NEP with experts. National Education Policy is as practical as its implementation.

Friends,

You have dedicated your entire life to education. You all know very well that every student has his own capability and capacity. Based on these capabilities, students and teachers also have three questions.

First: What can they do?

Second: What is their potential if they are properly taught?

And, third, what they want to do?

What a student can do is his inner strength. But if we add institutional strength to his inner strength, his development becomes expansive. With this combination, our youth can do what they want to do. Therefore, the country’s special emphasis is on skill development. As the country is moving ahead with the mission of the AatmaNirbhar Bharat, the role and demand of skilled youths is also increasing.

Friends,

In view of the strength of skills, Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee had placed greater emphasis on the collaboration of educational institutions and industries decades ago. Today, the country has immense opportunities, and there are new industries of modern times. India is being looked upon as a future centre of Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Big Data, 3D printing, Virtual Reality, Robotics, mobile technology, geo-informatics, smart healthcare and defence sector. The country is taking huge steps to meet these requirements.

Indian Institutes of Skills are being set up in three big metropolitans of the country. The first batch of the Indian Institute of Skills has already started in Mumbai a few months ago in December. The Future Skills Initiative was launched with NASSCOM in 2018. This initiative offers training in more than 150 skill sets in 10 emerging technologies.

Friends,

The new National Policy on Education also provides for NETF which emphasizes the maximum use of technology in education. We want all universities to be multi-disciplinary. We want to give flexibility to students so that they can complete courses anywhere easily through the easy entry-exit and Academic Bank of Credit. Every university in the country will have to work together to achieve all these goals. All the Vice Chancellors have to pay special attention to this.

A huge skill pool will be created in our universities for the new possibilities that we can create in the country. All of you are requested to work in this direction more expeditiously and the work should be completed within a stipulated time.

Friends,

The country is rapidly transforming the lives of the poor, Dalits, the victims, the exploited and the deprived following the footsteps of Babasaheb Ambedkar. Babasaheb talked about equal opportunities and equal rights. Today, schemes like Jan Dhan accounts are leading to financial inclusion of every person and through DBT money is reaching directly to their accounts.  The BHIM UPI that was launched for the digital economy has become a great strength for the poor today. Today, every poor person is getting a house and free electricity connection. Similarly, work is in the progress to provide clean water to villages under the Jal Jeevan Mission.

When there was a corona crisis, the country stood up for the poor and the labourers. There is no discrimination among the poor and the rich in the world's largest vaccination program. This is the path shown by Babasaheb and these are his ideals.

Friends,

Babasaheb always emphasized on women empowerment and made many efforts in this direction. It is with this vision that the country is giving new opportunities to its daughters today. From toilets at home and schools to combat roles in the army, women are at the centre of every policy of the country today.

Similarly, the country is working to spread Babasaheb's message to the people. The places associated with Babasaheb are being developed as Panch Teerth.

A few years ago, I had the opportunity to dedicate the Dr. Ambedkar International Centre. Today, this Centre is emerging as a centre of research on social and economic issues and on Babasaheb's life.

Friends,

Today, we are close to 75 years of independence, and we have goals for the next 25 years. The country’s future, the future goals and successes of the country are linked to our youth. It is our youth who will fulfill these resolutions. We have to give opportunities to the youth of the country to the best of their ability.

I am confident that our collective resolve and conscious efforts of the education world will realise this dream of a New India.

Our efforts and the hard work will be our tribute to Babasaheb.

With these good wishes, I once again thank you all very much. I wish you all the very best on Navratri. I also extend my special greetings on the birth anniversary of Babasaheb Ambedkar.

Many thanks.