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“For me, every village at the border is the first village of the country”
“Pride in our heritage and all possible effort for development are the two major pillars for the developed India of the 21st century”
“Devotees all over the world will rejoice in completion of these development projects”
“Shramjeevis are doing the work of God, you care for them, never consider them just paid workers”
“The dilapidated condition of these shrines was a clear sign of the slavery mentality”
“Today, Kashi, Ujjain, Ayodhya and many more spiritual centres are reclaiming their lost pride and legacy”
“Take out 5 percent of your travel budget to buy local products”
“Resilience of the hill people was used as an excuse against them”
“We started working from these border areas, marking them as the beginning of prosperity”
“We are making efforts so that border areas have a vibrant life where development is celebrated”

Jai Badri Vishal, Jai Badri Vishal, Jai Badri Vishal!

Jai Baba Kedar, Jai Baba Kedar, Jai Baba Kedar!

The Governor of Uttarakhand Gurmeet Singh ji; the popular, soft spoken and cheerful Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Pushkar Singh Dhami ji; my Parliamentary Colleague Shri Tirath Singh Rawat ji; Dhan Singh Rawat ji, Mahendra Bhatt ji, other dignitaries and my dear brothers and sisters!

Today, after seeking blessings from Baba Kedar and Badri Vishal ji, I feel blessed and content. These moments became eternal for me. When I had come here the last time with God's grace and command, certain words came out of my mouth. Those words were not mine, then how did they come out of my mouth? I am not sure who had made me say those words but those words had come out of my mouth. The words are - "This decade will be the decade of Uttarakhand". And I firmly believe that these words will continue to get blessings from Baba, Badri Vishal and Mother Ganga. I am really fortunate that today I am here with you to reiterate the same resolve with these new projects and I have also got a chance to interact with all of you.

Mana village is known as the last village of India. But just as our Chief Minister has said, now even for me every village on the border is the first village in the country. All of you residing on the border are strong guards of the country. And today I want to bring back some old memories of Mana village. Probably some who used to be there at that time might remember it. It is not that I am talking about the first village at the border now because I became the Chief Minister and then the Prime Minister. About 25 years ago when I used to work as a worker of Bharatiya Janata Party in Uttarakhand, no one knew me and nor did I have any public life. I used to spend my time and work with the people of the organisation. And at that time I had called a meeting of Uttarakhand BJP working committee in Mana. So all the party workers in Uttarakhand were very angry with me at that time. They told me how difficult it was to reach this place and a lot of time would get wasted. So I said, the day Uttarakhand BJP understands the importance of Mana, even the people of Uttarakhand will understand the importance of BJP. And the strength of the soil of Mana village is now clearly visible. It is due to the command and love of the brothers and sisters of Mana village that several blessings are flowing in one after the other. And I am speaking for the first time in a public event after the formation of the new government in Uttarakhand. So as I have come here today, I express my heartfelt gratitude from the soil of Mana for giving us a chance to serve all of you and the entire Uttarakhand.

Friends,

There are two major pillars in the making of a developed India of the 21st century. Firstly, being proud of our heritage and secondly making every effort for development. Today Uttarakhand is strengthening both these pillars. This morning I prayed to Baba Kedar and later went to Badrinath Vishal and prayed because I need to follow the command of the Lord. And for me, even the 130 crore people of the country are a form of God. So I reviewed the development work as well. And now I have got the privilege of being with you and laying the foundation stone of 2 ropeway projects. This will make it easier to visit Kedarnath ji and Gurudwara Hemkund Sahib. May the blessings of Guru Granth Sahib be with us! May the blessings of all the revered gurus be with us! We have got the opportunity to undertake such an auspicious work with the blessings of the gurus. Also may all of us be blessed by Baba Kedar! This ropeway is not limited just to the poles, the wires or the cars to sit in; this ropeway will also take you to Baba at a high speed and at the same time it will benefit the people working on it. So, the blessings of 130 crore countrymen of my country are going to be showered on them. All my brothers and sisters around the world who follow the teachings of the sacred Guru Granth Sahib must be showering blessings over us for this ropeway being constructed till Hemkund sahib. You can't even imagine the power it holds. You will see that it will be celebrated in the UK, Germany and Canada as the ropeway will connect Hemkund Sahib. Not only the time will be saved, but one would also be able to immerse him/herself in devotion in a deeper way.

Today, I congratulate Uttarakhand and every devotee in the country and abroad for all these development projects. And may all of you be blessed by the gurus, by Baba Kedar and Badri Vishal! I hope the almighty gives all our labourer brothers strength to start this work in full swing and complete it within the time limit. And let us pray together because this is a very difficult terrain. It is difficult to work here as strong winds blow here and working at a high altitude is not easy. So, let us pray to God to keep our labourer or worker friends safe during the construction work. The villages close to the project area are like a blessing. You need to take care of them. Don't consider them as labourers or workers who are working to get money. They are in fact serving God. They are the guests of your village. They are working hard. The more closely you look after them, the faster the work will be done. Will you look after them? Will you take care of them like your children, brothers or sisters?

Friends,

Today when I went to Baba Kedar's dham, I got an opportunity to interact with the labourer brothers and sisters working there. I also got a chance to talk to the engineers. I was elated. They said that they were not doing construction work. Rather they were worshipping Baba and it was their way of worshipping.

Friends,

On the completion of 75 years of the country's independence, I had made an appeal from the ramparts of the Red Fort. This is a call for complete freedom from the slave mentality. After so many years of independence, why did I finally have to say this? What was the need to say that? This is because our country is gripped by the slave mentality so much so that every act of development feels like a crime to some people. Here the work of progress is weighed with the scales of slavery. Thus, for a long time we had an aversion towards the development of our religious places. These people do not get tired of praising the cultural places of the foreign countries, but look down upon similar types of work being undertaken in India. There is only one reason for this - inferiority complex about our culture, distrust in our religious places and indifference towards our heritage. However, this mentality has not been amplified in our society today. We all know what had happened during the construction of Somnath temple after independence. Then, we are well acquainted with the history of construction of Ram temple. Such a slave mentality had turned our sacred places of faith to a dilapidated condition. The stones of the temple were eroded under the weather conditions of the past hundreds of years; the temple site, the path to the place of worship, water system, and everything was reduced to a state of ruin. Try to recall friends; for decades the condition of our spiritual centres was such that the journey to these places used to be the most difficult journey of life. These religious places that are venerated by various places from historic times, where people have a dream of going for 'darshans' were neglected by the previous governments. Those governments did not feel it necessary to facilitate their own citizens' visit to these places. I don't know the kind of slave mentality that was holding them behind. Wasn't it an injustice brothers? This is not just your answer. This answer belongs to all the 130 crore countrymen and God has given to me this task of answering your questions.

Brothers and Sisters,

This neglect was in a way an insult to the lakhs and crores of public sentiments. The vested interests of the previous governments were behind this. But brothers and sisters, these people did not understand the power of our thousands of years old culture. They had forgotten that these pilgrim centres are not just buildings, but are our soul and spirit. They are such powerhouses that give us vitality even in the most difficult situations. Despite their gross neglect, neither the importance of our spiritual centers has diminished, nor has our devotion to them diminished. And today, Kashi, Ujjain, Ayodhya and countless such pilgrim centres are regaining their glory. Kedarnath, Badrinath and Hemkund Sahib are getting modern facilities while maintaining their sanctity. Such a grand Ram temple is being built in Ayodhya. India is announcing its cultural upliftment from the temple of Goddess Kalika in Gujarat's Pavagadh to the corridor of Goddess Vindhyachal. It is now becoming easier and easier for every devotee to reach these pilgrim centres. And as the systems and facilities are developing here, it is not only going to help the elderly population but will also attract the new generation of my country or the 12-22 year old sons and daughters too. That should be our policy. Now our Divyang friends are also visiting these places. I still remember when I built a ropeway in Girnar, 80 year old senior citizens used to write to me after visiting the place. They had never even imagined visiting Girnar mountain to worship at so many places. Today they are showering their blessings for the ropeway.

Friends,

Many people do not even recognize this power. Today the whole country is filled with a sense of pride about its pilgrim centres. This Devbhoomi of Uttarakhand itself is witnessing this change. Before the formation of the double engine government, a maximum of 5 lakh devotees used to visit Kedarnath in a season. Now in this season these numbers have risen to 45 lakhs!

Friends,

There is another aspect of revamping the pilgrim centres, which is not discussed enough; and that is the ease of living of the people and employment opportunities for the youth residing in the hilly regions. When rail, road and ropeway are well connected with the mountains, they bring employment opportunities with them. Similarly, life on mountains becomes even more thriving, luxurious and easier. These facilities also expand tourism on the mountains and make transportation easy. Now our government is also working on developing drones as the major means of transporting goods on the mountains because nowadays drones can pick up 20 kg, 25 kg or 50 kg goods and drop them at other places at high speed. We want to bring this technology so that the fruits and vegetables grown in your place can reach the big cities fresh and your earnings can also increase. And today I am amidst the villagers who are protecting the country on the border of India. And I was looking at how our mothers and sisters of the Self Help Groups were producing various products, the spices, mountain salt, and so on. The packaging too has really made me very happy. I salute the mothers and sisters for the wonderful work they have done. But I have a request for the tourists who come here from all over India. Whether you come here for adventure or for spirituality, draw an outline of your expenses in mind. How much are you spending on transportation, food and hotels?

I am making this request to all the 130 crore countrymen from that village of India which lies on the Indo-China border and is guarding this border of India. So, I am speaking on behalf of this village. Now I usually talk of 'Vocal for Local' right. So please make a resolution that no matter where you travel, whether you come to this difficult terrain or go to Puri, Kanyakumari or Somnath, please reserve 5% of your travel expenses for buying local products. Today I am just making this request. I cannot command my countrymen but I can always make a request to the countrymen. If you spend Rs 100 on your travel, please save 5 rupees to buy the local products of that area made by the local people. If you already have one at home, then don't hesitate to buy another one. You can give it as a present to someone. But please purchase it. I assure you that the income of the people in these areas will shoot up! A short while back, some mothers and sisters were telling me that the tourist footfall was huge this time. So, I asked them about their total sale. They were hesitating in telling me. When I insisted, they told me that it was about 2.5 lakh rupees this time. They were satisfied. If all the travellers and tourists allocate 5% of their travel budget to purchase local products, they will feel content with this contribution. You can tell your children that the painting they had purchased from Uttarakhand during the trip was painted by an old lady there. And the little money spent on the painting is helping that old lady. You will feel extremely happy and content. That is why I am making this request to the whole country from here today.

My dear brothers and sisters,

The people living in the mountains are known for their hardworking nature. They are also known for their courage. They don't complain about nature. They learn to live with challenges. But during the regime of earlier governments, the power of the people living in the hills was used against them. For decades, the governments had neglected the people living in the hills believing that they are hardworking; their courage is strong like a mountain; they are strong. So they don't need anything; they could manage. This was an injustice to their strength. Yes they are strong. But that does not mean that they should be allowed to fend for themselves. They too need facilities. The people of the hill regions should get assistance under difficult circumstances. When it came to providing facilities and benefits of the government schemes, the hills were given the lowest priority. How could the country move forward with this mindset? I had to put an end to this injustice happening against the people living in the hills. Therefore, we started development-related work from those areas which were ignored before as the last regions of the country. We have started working by focusing on the expectations of the people in the places that were earlier neglected because they were the last villages of the country.

Earlier, those whose contribution was not given importance in the development of the country, we have resolved to move towards the ambitious goals of development by taking them along. We tried to find solutions to the challenges of the mountain so that the energy of the people there doesn't get wasted in fighting those challenges. Because that is not acceptable to us. We started a campaign to provide electricity to every village, the benefits of which are being received by the brothers and sisters of hilly regions. I met a Sarpanch sister of the village here. I asked her if the toilets were all constructed. She replied in the affirmative. I asked her if the water is reaching them. She said that the pipes were being built. There was a lot of joy on her face. She was glad that work was being done in her village. So, she was proudly telling me everything. We started the campaign of 'Har Ghar Jal', due to which today more than 65 percent of the households in Uttarakhand have piped water. Supply. We launched a campaign to connect every panchayat with optical fiber, due to which digital connectivity is reaching every nook and corner of Uttarakhand today. I could see for myself today, that the people here were accepting money online or digitally. I want to ask a section of 'intellectuals' in our Parliament to come and visit Mana. Just come and see how my mothers who have studied till class VIII, are accepting digital payments in Mana. Paytm is written on the top and a QR Code is below that. They have placed this in front of their products. I feel extremely proud to witness this power of the people of my country's Mana village.

We launched a campaign to open health and wellness centres in villages, due to which medical facilities are reaching the village today. Our mothers, sisters and daughters have benefited a lot from these campaigns. The people in every corner of the country today are experiencing how a sensitive government or a government that understands the plight of the poor actually works. During the Corona pandemic, the vaccines wouldn't have reached this place if the previous governments were in power. But this is the Modi government. I said that we needed to take the vaccines to the mountains faster than the speed with which Corona was spreading. And I congratulate the government, my Uttarakhand and my Himachal. These two states have completed the vaccination work first. During this pandemic, we started Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana so that the people did not have to suffer from hunger and the children would not have to suffer from malnutrition. Due to this scheme, lakhs of people from Uttarakhand too have got free food grains and we have ensured that the cooking didn't stop and no child went to bed hungry. So, we were able to achieve this goal successfully, brothers and sisters.

Sometime back our government has extended the scheme's duration by another three months so that our poor families do not face any problem during these festive days. Due to the efforts of the double engine government, now development works in Uttarakhand are accelerating once again. Those who had migrated from here, are now returning to their old homes. The number of Homestays, guest houses, dhabas and small shops has started increasing. These facilities and the resultant expansion of tourism in Uttarakhand are going to give an impetus to its development. I am glad that the government of double engine is continuously providing financial assistance for skill development of the youth as well as to help them increase the home-stay facilities here. The campaign to connect the youth of border areas with NCC is also preparing the youth for a bright future. The good schools in the border areas all over the country will also run NCC there. NCC was run mainly in Ahmedabad, Mumbai and Chennai for 75 years. Now NCC will start in these villages. And the children of my villages will get immense benefits.

Friends,

The biggest challenge of the people in our hill regions is connectivity. If there is no connectivity, then life on the mountain will come to a standstill. Our double engine government is addressing this challenge as well. Today every means is being worked on to provide multimodal connectivity to Uttarakhand. The sound of a train on the green hills of the Himalayas will write a new story of Uttarakhand's development. Dehradun Airport is also now serving in a new avatar. I had just gone to Himachal Pradesh and started the Vande Bharat train there. And many people told me that there were some people from older generations in the villages who had never seen a train there. But now the Vande Bharat train has started in Himachal. Although the Vande Bharat train will stop at only one station in Himachal, it is a wonderful gift for the people of Himachal and the hills. The four lane highways and expressways are soon going to come up that will help you in commuting between Himachal and Uttarakhand. Even the people travelling from Delhi and UP to Uttarakhand will also be benefitted. Chardham All Weather Road is giving a new hope to the people of Uttarakhand as well as tourists and devotees. Now every tourist coming to Uttarakhand from other states can take with him a wonderful travel experience. The Delhi-Dehradun Economic Corridor will not only reduce the distance between Delhi and Dehradun, but will also give a boost to the industries of Uttarakhand.

Brothers & Sisters,

Modern connectivity is also a guarantee of national security. Therefore, for the last 8 years, we are taking several steps in this direction. Few years back we had launched 2 major connectivity schemes. One is Bharatmala and the other is Sagarmala. Under Bharatmala, the border areas of the country are being connected with the best and the widest highways. While under Sagarmala, the connectivity of its coasts is being strengthened. We have also done an unprecedented expansion of border connectivity from Jammu and Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh in the last 8 years. Since 2014, the Border Roads Organization has constructed about 7,000 kilometers of new roads and hundreds of new bridges. Many important tunnels have also been completed. There was a time when one had to take permission from the centre even for the construction of roads along the borders. We not only ended this compulsion, but also laid emphasis on building good roads along the border and at a faster pace. Now in order to further improve the connectivity of the hill states, we are moving ahead with the work of Parvatmala, just like Bharatmala and Sagarmala. Under this, a huge network of ropeways is being built in Uttarakhand and Himachal. When we think of the borders here, people imagine only military friends and soldiers here and it is assumed that everything else will be deserted. But we have to change this concept too and we have to change it on the ground as well. The border villages should be full of activities and hustle and bustle. Development here should be celebrated. This is what we are trying to do so that those who have left their villages should feel like returning to their villages. That's how I want to create vibrant villages. And I am not just saying. I have done that! For example, Dhordo is the last village on the border of Pakistan and Gujarat. Dhordo is in the desert of Kutch. Today Dhordo has become a huge tourist spot. Lakhs of people go there every year. Business there is worth crores of rupees. We have made the last village alive again! And because of that the whole area has become vibrant.

There is a desert in Gujarat near the Pakistan border. There used to be a small place of worship in that place. That small place has now been redeveloped into a huge pilgrimage centre. I had sent the officers of Uttarakhand to that place to assess whether it was possible to develop such things in and around Mana. I firmly believe that there has to be such things in the villages near the border. That's why I have come here today. I want to understand its nuances. I believe that the road that is being constructed from Mana to Mana Pass will be a huge attraction for tourists and will mark a new era. I will create such a situation that people who come to visit Badrinath will not return until they see Mana Pass. Similarly, widening the road from Joshimath to Malari will not only benefit the general public but will also help our soldiers to reach the border easily.

Brothers and sisters,

The challenges of our hill States are alike. Their aspirations for development are also tremendous. Uttarakhand and Himachal in many ways are connected with each other geographically and traditionally. This is Garhwal. And on the other side of Uttarkashi and Dehradun lies Shimla and Sirmaur. It is very difficult to distinguish between the hills of Jaunsar and Sirmaur. I recently visited a number of places in Himachal. There people talk a lot about Uttarakhand. The people of Himachal say that Uttarakhand has brought back the double engine government for rapid development of the places of worship and heritage, and for enhancing facilities in the border and hilly areas. This mantra is inspiring Himachal too. I reassure Uttarakhand that I shall leave no stone unturned to fulfil your aspirations. I have also come to seek the blessings of Baba Kedar and Badri Vishal so that I succeed in meeting the trust of the people. Once again I congratulate you all for the various development projects. Thanks to you all and to my mothers & sisters for coming here in such large numbers and showering their blessings. Probably no one is home today. Mana village has completely changed the scenario here. I am so grateful that the mothers and sisters have blessed me. My best wishes to you all on Diwali in advance! I conclude my speech by praying to Badri Vishal for your good health and for the success of your children!

Speak with me with all your strength - Bharat Mata Ki Jai, Bharat Mata Ki Jai, Bharat Mata Ki Jai.

Jai Badri Vishal, Jai Badri Vishal, Jai Badri Vishal.

Jai Baba Kedar, Jai Baba Kedar, Jai Baba Kedar.

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Text of PM's speech at NCC Rally at the Cariappa Parade Ground in Delhi
January 28, 2023
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“You represent ‘Amrit Generation’ that will create a Viksit and Aatmnirbhar Bharat”
“When dreams turn into resolution and a life is dedicated to it, success is assured. This is the time of new opportunities for the youth of India”
“India’s time has arrived”
“Yuva Shakti is the driving force of India's development journey”
“When the country is brimming with the energy and enthusiasm of the youth, the priorities of that country will always be its young people”
“This a time of great possibilities especially for the daughters of the country in the defence forces and agencies”

केंद्रीय मंत्रिमंडल के मेरे सहयोगी श्रीमान राजनाथ सिंह जी, श्री अजय भट्ट जी, सीडीएस अनिल चौहान जी, तीनों सेनाओं के प्रमुख, रक्षा सचिव, डीजी एनसीसी और आज विशाल संख्या में पधारे हुए सभी अतिथिगण और मेरे प्यारे युवा साथियों!

आजादी के 75 वर्ष के इस पड़ाव में एनसीसी भी अपनी 75वीं वर्षगांठ मना रहा है। इन वर्षों में जिन लोगों ने एनसीसी का प्रतिनिधित्व किया है, जो इसका हिस्सा रहे हैं, मैं राष्ट्र निर्माण में उनके योगदान की सराहना करता हूं। आज इस समय मेरे सामने जो कैडेट्स हैं, जो इस समय NCC में हैं, वो तो और भी विशेष हैं, स्पेशल हैं। आज जिस प्रकार से कार्यक्रम की रचना हुई है, सिर्फ समय नहीं बदला है, स्वरूप भी बदला है। पहले की तुलना में दर्शक भी बहुत बड़ी मात्रा में हैं। और कार्यक्रम की रचना भी विविधताओं से भरी हुई लेकिन ‘एक भारत श्रेष्ठ भारत’ के मूल मंत्र को गूंजता हुआ हिन्दुस्तान के कोने-कोने में ले जाने वाला ये समारोह हमेशा-हमेशा याद रहेगा। और इसलिए मैं एनसीसी की पूरी टीम को उनके सभी अधिकारी और व्यवस्थापक सबको हृदय से बहुत-बहुत बधाई देता हूं। आप एनसीसी कैडेट्स के रूप में भी और देश की युवा पीढ़ी के रूप में भी, एक अमृत पीढ़ी का प्रतिनिधित्व करते हैं। ये अमृत पीढ़ी, आने वाले 25 वर्षों में देश को एक नई ऊंचाई पर ले जाएगी, भारत को आत्मनिर्भर बनाएगी, विकसित बनाएगी।

साथियों,

देश के विकास में NCC की क्या भूमिका है, आप सभी कितना प्रशंसनीय काम कर रहे हैं, ये हमने थोड़ी देर पहले यहां देखा है। आप में से एक साथी ने मुझे यूनिटी फ्लेम सौंपी। आपने हर दिन 50 किलोमीटर की दौड़ लगाते हुए, 60 दिनों में कन्याकुमारी से दिल्ली की ये यात्रा पूरी की है। एकता की इस लौ से ‘एक भारत, श्रेष्ठ भारत’ की भावना सशक्त हो, इसके लिए बहुत से साथी इस दौड़ में शामिल हुए। आपने वाकई बहुत प्रशंसनीय काम किया है, प्रेरक काम किया है। यहां आकर्षक सांस्कृतिक कार्यक्रम का आयोजन भी किया गया। भारत की सांस्कृतिक विविधता, आपके कौशल और कर्मठता के इस प्रदर्शन में और इसके लिए भी मैं आपको जितनी बधाई दूं, उतनी कम है।

साथियों,

आपने गणतंत्र दिवस की परेड में भी हिस्सा लिया। इस बार ये परेड इसलिए भी विशेष थी, क्योंकि पहली बार ये कर्तव्य पथ पर हुई थी। और दिल्ली का मौसम तो आजकल ज़रा ज्यादा ही ठंडा रहता है। आप में से अनेक साथियों को शायद इस मौसम की आदत भी नहीं होगी। फिर भी मैं आपको दिल्ली में कुछ जगह ज़रूर घूमने का आग्रह करुंगा, समय निकालेंगे ना। देखिए नेशनल वॉर मेमोरियल, पुलिस मेमोरियल अगर आप नहीं गए हैं, तो आपको जरूर जाना चाहिए। इसी प्रकार लाल किले में नेताजी सुभाष चंद्र बोस म्यूजियम में भी आप अवश्य जाएं। आज़ाद भारत के सभी प्रधानमंत्रियों से परिचय कराता एक आधुनिक PM-म्यूजियम भी बना है। वहां आप बीते 75 वर्षों में देश की विकास यात्रा के बारे में जान-समझ सकते हैं। आपको यहां सरदार वल्लभभाई पटेल का बढ़िया म्यूजियम देखने को मिलेगा, बाबा साहब अंबेडकर का बहुत बढ़िया म्यूजियम देखने को मिलेगा, बहुत कुछ है। हो सकता है, इन जगहों में से आपको कोई ना कोई प्रेरणा मिले, प्रोत्साहन मिले, जिससे आपका जीवन एक निर्धारत लक्ष्य को लेकर के कुछ कर गुजरने के लिए चल पड़े, आगे बढ़ता ही बढ़ता चला जाए।

मेरे युवा साथियों,

किसी भी राष्ट्र को चलाने के लिए जो ऊर्जा सबसे अहम होती है, वो ऊर्जा है युवा। अभी आप उम्र के जिस पड़ाव पर है, वहां एक जोश होता है, जुनून होता है। आपके बहुत सारे सपने होते हैं। और जब सपने संकल्प बन जाएं और संकल्प के लिए जीवन जुट जाए तो जिंदगी भी सफल हो जाती है। और भारत के युवाओं के लिए ये समय नए अवसरों का समय है। हर तरफ एक ही चर्चा है कि भारत का समय आ गया है, India’s time has arrived. आज पूरी दुनिया भारत की तरफ देख रही है। और इसके पीछे सबसे बड़ी वजह आप हैं, भारत के युवा हैं। भारत का युवा आज कितना जागरूक है, इसका एक उदाहरण मैं आज जरूर आपको बताना चाहता हूं। ये आपको पता है कि इस वर्ष भारत दुनिया की 20 सबसे ताकतवर अर्थव्यवस्थाओं के समूह, G-20 की अध्यक्षता कर रहा है। मैं तब हैरान रह गया, जब देशभर के अनेक युवाओं ने मुझे इसको लेकर के चिट्ठियां लिखीं। देश की उपलब्धियों और प्राथमिकताओं को लेकर आप जैसे युवा जिस प्रकार से रुचि ले रहे हैं, ये देखकर सचमुच में बहुत गर्व होता है।

साथियों,

जिस देश के युवा इतने उत्साह और जोश से भरे हुए हों, उस देश की प्राथमिकता सदैव युवा ही होंगे। आज का भारत भी अपने सभी युवा साथियों के लिए वो प्लेटफॉर्म देने का प्रयास कर रहा है, जो आपके सपनों को पूरा करने में मदद कर सके। आज भारत में युवाओं के लिए नए-नए सेक्टर्स खोले जा रहे हैं। भारत की डिजिटल क्रांति हो, भारत की स्टार्ट-अप क्रांति हो, इनोवेशन क्रांति हो, इन सबका सबसे बड़ा लाभ युवाओं को ही तो हो रहा है। आज भारत जिस तरह अपने डिफेंस सेक्टर में लगातार रिफॉर्म्स कर रहा है, उसका लाभ भी देश के युवाओं को हो रहा है। एक समय था, जब हम असॉल्ट राइफल और बुलेट प्रूफ जैकेट तक विदेशों से मंगवाते थे। आज सेना की ज़रूरत के सैकड़ों ऐसे सामान हैं, जो हम भारत में बना रहे हैं। आज हम अपने बॉर्डर इंफ्रास्ट्रक्चर पर भी बहुत तेज़ी से काम कर काम रहे हैं। ये सारे अभियान, भारत के युवाओं के लिए नई संभावनाएं लेकर के आए हैं, अवसर लेकर के आए हैं।

साथियों,

जब हम युवाओं पर भरोसा करते हैं, तब क्या परिणाम आता है, इसका एक उत्तम उदाहरण हमारा स्पेस सेक्टर है। देश ने स्पेस सेक्टर के द्वार युवा टैलेंट के लिए खोल दिए। और देखते ही देखते पहला प्राइवेट सैटेलाइट लॉन्च किया गया। इसी प्रकार एनीमेशन और गेमिंग सेक्टर, प्रतिभाशाली युवाओं के लिए अवसरों का विस्तार लेकर आया है। आपने ड्रोन का उपयोग या तो खुद किया होगा, या फिर किसी दूसरे को करते हुए देखा होगा। अब तो ड्रोन का ये दायरा भी लगातार बढ़ रहा है। एंटरटेनमेंट हो, लॉजिस्टिक हो, खेती-बाड़ी हो, हर जगह ड्रोन टेक्नॉलॉजी आ रही है। आज देश के युवा हर प्रकार का ड्रोन भारत में तैयार करने के लिए आगे आ रहे हैं।

साथियों,

मुझे एहसास है कि आप में से अधिकतर युवा हमारी सेनाओं से, हमारे सुरक्षा बलों से, एजेंसियों से जुड़ने की आकांक्षा रखते हैं। ये निश्चित रूप से आपके लिए, विशेष रूप से हमारी बेटियों के लिए भी बहुत बड़े अवसर का समय है। बीते 8 वर्षों में पुलिस और अर्धसैनिक बलों में बेटियों की संख्या में लगभग दोगुनी वृद्धि हुई है। आज आप देखिए, सेना के तीनों अंगों में अग्रिम मोर्चों पर महिलाओं की तैनाती का रास्ता खुल चुका है। आज महिलाएं भारतीय नौसेना में पहली बार अग्निवीर के रूप में, नाविक के रूप में शामिल हुई हैं। महिलाओं ने सशस्त्र बलों में लड़ाकू भूमिकाओं में भी प्रवेश करना शुरू किया है। NDA पुणे में महिला कैडेट्स के पहले बैच की ट्रेनिंग शुरु हो चुकी है। हमारी सरकार द्वारा सैनिक स्कूलों में बेटियों के एडमिशन की अनुमति भी दी गई है। आज मुझे खुशी है कि लगभग 1500 छात्राएं सैनिक स्कूलों में पढ़ाई शुरु कर चुकी हैं। यहां तक की एनसीसी में भी हम बदलाव देख रहे हैं। बीते एक दशक के दौरान एनसीसी में बेटियों की भागीदारी भी लगातार बढ़ रही है। मैं देख रहा था कि यहां जो परेड हुई, उसका नेतृत्व भी एक बेटी ने किया। सीमावर्ती और तटीय क्षेत्रों में एनसीसी के विस्तार के अभियान से भी बड़ी संख्या में युवा जुड़ रहे हैं। अभी तक सीमावर्ती और तटवर्ती क्षेत्रों से लगभग एक लाख कैडेट्स को नामांकित किया गया है। इतनी बड़ी युवाशक्ति जब राष्ट्र निर्माण में जुटेगी, देश के विकास में जुटेगी, तो साथियों बहुत विश्वास से कहता हूं कोई भी लक्ष्य असंभव नहीं रह जाएगा। मुझे विश्वास है कि एक संगठन के तौर पर भी और व्यक्तिगत रूप से भी आप सभी देश के संकल्पों की सिद्धि में अपनी भूमिका का विस्तार करेंगे। मां भारती के लिए आजादी के जंग में अनेक लोगों ने देश के लिए मरने का रास्ता चुना था। लेकिन आजाद भारत में पल-पल देश के लिए जीने का रास्ता ही देश को दुनिया में नई ऊंचाइयों पर पहुंचाता है। और इस संकल्प की पूर्ति के लिए ‘एक भारत श्रेष्ठ भारत’ के आदर्शों को लेकर के देश को तोड़ने के कई बहाने ढूंढे जाते हैं। भांति-भांति की बातें निकालकर के मां भारती की संतानों के बीच में दूध में दरार करने की कोशिशें हो रही हैं। लाख कोशिशें हो जाएं, मां के दूध में कभी दरार नहीं हो सकती। और इसके लिए एकता का मंत्र ये बहुत बड़ी औषधि है, बहुत बड़ा सामर्थ्य है। भारत के भविष्य के लिए एकता का मंत्र ये संकल्प भी है, भारत का सामर्थ्य भी है और भारत को भव्यता प्राप्त करने के लिए यही एक मार्ग है। उस मार्ग को हमें जीना है, उस मार्ग पर आने वाली रूकावटों के सामने हमें जूझना हैं। और देश के लिए जीकर के समृद्ध भारत को अपनी आंखों के सामने देखना है। इसी आंखों से भव्य भारत को देखना, इससे छोटा संकल्प हो ही नहीं सकता। इस संकल्प की पूर्ति के लिए आप सबको मेरी बहुत-बहुत शुभकामनाएं हैं। 75 वर्ष की यह यात्रा, आने वाले 25 वर्ष जो भारत का अमृतकाल है, जो आपका भी अमृतकाल है। जब देश 2047 में आजादी के 100 साल मनाएगा, एक डेवलप कंट्री होगा तो उस समय आप उस ऊंचाई पर बैठे होंगे। 25 साल के बाद आप किस ऊंचाई पर होंगे, कल्पना कीजिये दोस्तों। और इसलिए एक पल भी खोना नहीं है, एक भी मौका खोना नहीं है। बस मां भारती को नई ऊंचाइयों पर ले जाने के संकल्प लेकर के चलते ही रहना है, बढ़ते ही रहना है, नई-नई सिद्धियों को प्राप्त करते ही जाना है, विजयश्री का संकल्प लेकर के चलना है। यही मेरी आप सबको शुभकामनाएं हैं। पूरी ताकत से मेरे साथ बोलिए- भारत माता की जय, भारत माता की जय! भारत माता की जय।

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