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Our mantra is Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas but SP, BSP & Congress believes in Kuch Ka Sath, Kuch Ka Hi Vikas: PM
When Eastern part of India scales new heights of development, then only overall progress of the country would happen: PM
Central Government would continue to undertake measures that would fight corruption: PM
Every Indian should have his or her own home by 2022: PM

PM Narendra Modi campaigned in Varanasi today. Addressing a huge gathering, Shri Narendra Modi thanked them for the affection people of the state have ushered. Quoting Mark Twain, Shri Modi said that Banaras was older than history and tradition.

The Prime Minister said BJP’s aim was of a Banaras that was modern yet one that retained its heritage. He added further, “Our mantra is Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas but SP, BSP & Congress believes in Kuch Ka Sath, Kuch Ka Hi Vikas.”

Shri Modi said that eastern part of India has to scale new heights of development and then only overall progress of the country would happen. He remarked, “This land of Uttar Pradesh, this part of the state is blessed with very talented people. The potential for development is immense.”

Citing that Uttar Pradesh had been gripped in corruption, the Prime Minister opined, “Shouldn't corruption come to an end? It’s been so many years since we attained freedom but a small section misused their power and position.” He said that the Central Government would continue to undertake measures that would fight corruption. He also said that the Government would ensure that rights of the honest citizens are protected.

Shri Modi further stated, “Earlier the question being asked would be- how much money was lost (in the scams), now the question is- how much money has returned back.”

Shri Modi complemented the armed forces for the successful surgical strikes across the LoC. He said, “We are proud of our jawans. They have made the entire nation proud. It is sad that driven by politics, some people wanted proof of surgical strikes and were asking did any Indian soldier die.” He also spoke at length about OROP and how previous government neglected the difficulties of the ex-servicemen.

PM Modi stressed on infrastructure development in Kashi and said, “We wanted to build a ring road but the state government did not cooperate and kept obstructing that. They did not cooperate.”

The PM also shed light on Government’s aim of housing for all by 2022. “Every Indian should have his or her own home by 2022. It is sad that so many years after independence also people do not have homes. We have undertaken measures so that everyone have their homes.”

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COVID taught us that we are stronger and better when we are together: PM
“Generations will remember the manner in which human resilience prevailed over everything else”
“Poverty cannot be fought by making the poor more dependent on governments. Poverty can be fought when the poor start seeing governments as trusted partners”
“When power is used to empower the poor, they get the strength to fight poverty”
“The simplest and most successful way to mitigate climate change is to lead lifestyles that are in harmony with nature”
“Mahatma Gandhi is among the greatest environmentalists of the world. He led a zero carbon footprints lifestyle. In whatever he did, he put the welfare of our planet above everything else”
“Gandhi ji highlighted the doctrine of trusteeship, where we all are trustees of the planet with the duty of caring for it”
“India is the only G-20 nation that is on track with its Paris commitments”

Namaste!

It is a delight to address this young and energetic gathering. In front of me is a global family, with all the beautiful diversity of our planet.

The Global Citizen Movement uses music and creativity to bring the world together. Music, like sports, has an inherent ability to unite. The great Henry David Thoreau once said, and I quote: "When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am in-vulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest of times, and to the latest."

Music has a calming impact on our life. It calms the mind and the entire body. India is home to many musical traditions. In every state, in every region, there are many different styles of music. I invite you all to come to India and discover our musical vibrancy anddiversity.

Friends,

For almost two years now, humanity is battling a once in a lifetime global pandemic. Our shared experience of fighting the pandemic has taught us we are stronger and better when we are together. We saw glimpses of this collective spirit when our COVID-19 warriors, doctors, nurses, medical staff gave their best in fighting the pandemic. We saw this spirit in our scientists and innovators, who created new vaccines in record time. Generations will remember the manner in which human resilience prevailed over everything else.

Friends,

In addition to COVID, other challenges remain. Among the most persistent of the challenges is poverty. Poverty cannot be fought by making the poor more dependent on governments. Poverty can be fought when the poor start seeing governments as trusted partners. Trusted partners who will give them the enabling infrastructure to forever break the vicious circle of poverty.

Friends,

When power is used to empower the poor, they get the strength to fight poverty. And therefore, our efforts include banking the unbanked, providing social security coverage to millions, giving free and quality healthcare to 500 million Indians. It would make you happy that about 30 million houses have been built for the homeless in our cities and villages. A house is not only about shelter. A roof over the head gives people dignity. Another mass movement taking place in India is to providedrinking water connection to every household.The Government is spending over a trillion dollars for next-generation infrastructure.For several months last year and now, free food grains have been provided to 800 millions of our citizens.These, and several other efforts will give strength to the fight against poverty.

Friends,

The threat of climate change is looming large before us.The world will have to accept that the any change in the global environment first begins with the self. The simplest and most successful way to mitigate climate change is to lead lifestyles that are in harmony with nature.

The great Mahatma Gandhi is widely known for his thoughts on peace and non-violence. But, do you know that he is also among the greatest environmentalists of the world. He led a zero carbon footprints lifestyle. In whatever he did, he put the welfare of our planet above everything else.He highlighted the doctrine of trusteeship, where we all are trustees of the planet with the duty of caring for it.

Today, India is the only G-20 nation that is on track with its Paris commitments. India is also proud to have brought the world together under the banner of the International Solar Alliance and the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure.

Friends,

We believe in the development of India for the development of humankind.I want to conclude by quoting the Rig Veda, which is perhaps one of the world's oldest scriptures.Its verses are still the golden standard in nurturing global citizens.

The Rig Veda says:

संगच्छध्वंसंवदध्वंसंवोमनांसिजानताम्

देवाभागंयथापूर्वेसञ्जानानाउपासते||

समानोमन्त्रःसमितिःसमानीसमानंमनःसहचित्तमेषाम्।

समानंमन्त्रम्अभिमन्त्रयेवःसमानेनवोहविषाजुहोमि।।

समानीवआकूति: समानाहृदयानिव: |

समानमस्तुवोमनोयथाव: सुसहासति||

It means:

Let us move forward together, speaking in one voice;

Let our minds be in agreement and let us share what we have, like the Gods share with each other.

Let us have a shared purpose and shared minds. Let us pray for such unity.

Let us have shared intentions and aspirations that unify us all.

Friends,

what can be a better manifesto for a global citizen than this?May we keep working together

for a kind, just and inclusive planet.

Thank you.

Thank you very much.

Namaste.