“National Games celebrates India's exceptional sporting prowess”
“Talent exists in every nook and corner of India. Hence, post-2014, we undertook a national commitment to promote sporting culture”
“Aura of Goa is beyond compare”
“India’s recent success in the world of sports is a huge inspiration for every young sportsman”
“Discover talent through Khelo India, nurture them and give them training and temperament for an Olympics podium finish by TOPS is our roadmap”
“India is advancing in various domains and setting unprecedented benchmarks today”
“It is hard to match India’s speed and scale”
“MY Bharat will be a medium to turn India’s Yuva Shakti to be Yuva Shakti of Viksit Bharat”
“India is ready to organize the Youth Olympics in 2030 and the Olympics in 2036. Our aspiration to organize the Olympics is not limited to just emotions. Rather, there are some solid reasons behind this”

Bharat Mata ki – Jai!

Bharat Mata ki – Jai!

Bharat Mata ki – Jai!

The Hon’ble Governor of Goa, Shri P.S. Sreedharan Pillai ji, the popular and dynamic Chief Minister Pramod Sawant ji, Sports Minister Anurag Thakur, my other colleagues from the Union Cabinet, representatives present on the stage, the president of the Indian Olympic Association, P.T. Usha ji, all the players, supporting staff, other officials, and young friends from every corner of the country, the grand journey of the Indian sports carnival has now reached Goa. There are colours, waves and excitement everywhere. There is something special in the air of Goa. Best wishes to all of you for the 37th National Games, many congratulations.

Friends,

Goa is the land that has given the country many sports stars. Passion for football is visible in every street of Goa. And some of the country's oldest football clubs are here in Goa. The organisation of the National Games in the sports-loving Goa fills one with new energy.

My family members,

The National Games is taking place at a time when the sports in Bharat is achieving new heights successively. What did not happen in 70 years, we have seen in the Asian Games, and now the Asian Para Games is also underway. In these ongoing games also, Indian athletes have shattered all the records by winning more than 70 medals so far. Before this, the World University Games took place. Here too, Bharat has created a new history. These achievements are a great inspiration for every player who has come here. These National Games, in a way, are a strong launchpad for you, for all the youth and for all players. Keeping in mind the opportunities in front of you, you have to give your best performance with full determination. Will you do it? Will you definitely do it? Will you break the old records? My best wishes are with you.

My young friends,

There is no shortage of talent in villages and streets of Bharat. Our history is a witness that Bharat has produced champions even when there was a lack of resources. Sitting with me on the stage is P.T. Usha ji. But still, every citizen always felt something was missing. Our vast country lagged behind in the medal tally of international sports events. Therefore, we took up the challenge of relieving the nation from this pain and took a resolve after 2014. We brought changes in sports infrastructure, revamped the selection process, and made it more transparent. We made changes in schemes providing financial assistance and training to athletes. We brought about a change in the mindset of the society. We started removing roadblocks present in our sports infrastructure due to old thinking and approaches in society. The government made a roadmap from discovering talent to hand holding them to reach the Olympic podium. We are seeing its results across the country today.

Friends,

There was hesitation regarding the budget for sports in the previous governments. People thought - sports is just sports, why spend on it! Our government changed this thinking too. We increased the budget for sports. This year's central sports budget is three times more than it was nine years ago. From Khelo India to the TOPS scheme, the government has created a new ecosystem for the growth of the players in the country. Under these schemes, talent is being identified nationwide at the school, college, and university levels. The government is spending a lot of money on their training, diet, and other expenses. Under the TOPS scheme, which stands for Target Olympic Podium Scheme, the country's top athletes are provided with the best training in the world. Imagine, training is currently underway for 3,000 youth across the country under the Khelo India scheme. Such a large talent pool of athletes is being prepared, and each athlete is being given a scholarship of more than 6 lakh rupees per year. Close to 125 athletes who emerged from the Khelo India campaign participated in the Asian Games. Perhaps, these talents would have never been recognized under the old system. These talented athletes have won 36 medals. Identifying athletes through the Khelo India campaign, preparing them, and then providing them with training and temperament for Olympic Podium Finish through TOPS is our roadmap.

My young friends,

The progress of any country's sports sector is directly linked to the progress of its economy. When there is negativity, disappointment, and pessimism in a country, its adverse effects are evident on the field as well as in every aspect of life. Bharat’s successful sports story is not separate from its overall success story. Bharat is advancing in every sector today, setting new records. The competition with Bharat’s speed and scale is challenging. You will get an estimate of how Bharat is moving forward from the achievements and works of the past 30 days.

Friends,

I won't take much of your time. Imagine how your bright future is being prepared. I will briefly tell you about the work that has been accomplished in just 30 days. In the past 30-35 days, you will see what has happened, and you will feel that if the country is progressing at this speed and scale, then Modi's guarantee of your bright future is assured.

n just past 30-35 days:

The Nari Shakti Vandana Adhiniyam was enacted.

A crucial test related to Gaganyaan was successfully conducted.

Bharat received its first Regional Rapid Rail, Namo Bharat.

Bengaluru metro services were expanded.

The first Vistadome train service commenced in Jammu and Kashmir.

The inauguration of the Delhi-Vadodara Expressway took place in these 30 days.

A conference of parliamentarians and speakers from G20 countries was held in Bharat.

Global Maritime Summit took place in Bharat, with agreements worth 6 lakh crore rupees.

Operation Ajay was initiated for the evacuation of Indians from Israel.

A ferry service between Bharat and Sri Lanka was started after 40 years.

Surpassing Europe, Bharat reached the top 3 countries globally in terms of 5G user base.

Following Apple, Google also announced the production of Made in India smartphones.

Our country set a new record in the production of grains, fruits, and vegetables.

Friends,

This is just halftime break. I have many more things to count. Just today, I laid the foundation stone for the Nilwande Dam in Maharashtra, which was stalled for 50 years.

In the past 30 days, the inauguration of the 6,000 crore rupee super thermal power project took place in Telangana.

A modern steel plant worth 24,000 crore rupees was inaugurated in Bastar, Chhattisgarh.

The inauguration of a section of the Mehsana-Bhatinda-Gurdaspur gas pipeline took place in Rajasthan.

The foundation laying and inauguration ceremonies were held for a new airport terminal building and IIT campus in Jodhpur.

In the past 30 days, over 500 skill development centres were launched in Maharashtra.

Recently, Dhordo in Gujarat received the award for the best tourism village.

The foundation laying ceremony for the Veerangana Rani Durgavati Memorial took place in Jabalpur.

The announcement of forming a Turmeric Board for turmeric farmers was made.

Central Tribal University received approval in Telangana.

More than 2.25 lakh homes under the PM Awas Yojana were provided to impoverished families in Madhya Pradesh.

In these 30 days, the number of beneficiaries under the PM Svamitva Yojana reached 50 lakh.

Under the Ayushman Bharat Yojana, the issuance of 26 crore cards was successfully completed.

After aspirational districts, a campaign for the development of aspirational blocks was started in the country.

A single Khadi store in Delhi saw sales exceeding 1.5 crores rupees on Gandhi Jayanti.

And friends,

In these very 30 days, much has happened in the world of sports.

Bharat won more than 100 medals in the Asian Games.

Bharat hosted a session of the International Olympic Committee after 40 years.

Uttarakhand received a hockey astro-turf and velodrome stadium.

Work began on a modern cricket stadium in Varanasi.

Gwalior was granted the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Divyang Sports Centre.

And right here in Goa, the National Games are taking place.

Just think, my young friends, this list of achievements in just 30 days is quite long. I have shown you just a small glimpse. Today, work is happening at an unprecedented speed in every sector and part of the nation. Everyone is contributing to the building of a developed Bharat.

Friends,

At the core of all the work that is happening is the youth of my country, the youth of Bharat. Today, the youth of Bharat is filled with unprecedented self-confidence. Recently, a significant initiative has taken place to connect this self-confidence of Bharat’s youth with national aspirations. My Yuva Bharat, or MY Bharat, has been recognized as a new platform. This will serve as a one-stop centre for both rural and urban youth to connect with each other and with the government. This will provide them with maximum opportunities to fulfil their ambitions and contribute to the nation-building process. This initiative will become a means to harness the power of the youth of Bharat for the development of a prosperous Bharat. Starting on October 31st, on ‘Ekta Divas’ (Unity Day), I am going to launch the MY Bharat campaign. As people know, we celebrate the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on October 31st across the country with the Run for Unity program. I want there to be a magnificent Run for Unity program on October 31st for the unity of the nation in Goa and every other corner of the country. I urge all of you to participate in this campaign.

Friends,

Today, when Bharat’s determination and efforts are both colossal, it is only natural for the aspirations of Bharat to be high. Therefore, I presented the aspirations of 1.4 billion Indians during the IOC session. I assured the supreme committee of the Olympics that Bharat is ready to host the Youth Olympics in 2030 and the Olympics in 2036.

Friends,

Our aspiration for hosting the Olympics is not limited to emotions alone; there are solid reasons behind it. In approximately 13 years, by 2036, Bharat will be one of the leading economic powers in the world. By that time, the income of every Indian will be several times higher than today. Bharat will have a significantly large middle class by then. The Tricolour of Bharat will be waving proudly from sports to space. Hosting the Olympics requires connectivity and other modern infrastructure. Today, Bharat is prepared to spend more than 100 lakh crore rupees on modern infrastructure. Therefore, hosting the Olympics will become equally feasible for us.

Friends,

Our National Games are also a symbol of ‘Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat’. It serves as a significant platform for every state in Bharat to showcase its capabilities. This time, Goa has been given this opportunity. The preparations made by the Goa government and the residents of Goa are truly commendable. The sports infrastructure built here will benefit the youth of Goa for many decades to come. Numerous new athletes will emerge from here, allowing for the organization of more national and international sports events. In recent years, Goa has also developed modern infrastructure connected with connectivity. The National Games will not only boost tourism in Goa but also benefit the local economy.

Friends,

Goa, known for its festivals and celebrations, is now gaining global recognition with the Goa International Film Festival. Our government is making Goa an essential centre for international conferences, meetings, and summits. We hosted the BRICS summit in Goa in 2016, and several crucial meetings related to G20 have also taken place here. I am pleased that the Goa Roadmap for Tourism, focusing on sustainable growth, has been unanimously accepted by G20 countries. This is a matter of pride for Goa and a significant development for the tourism of Bharat.

Friends,

The field, whatever the challenge, demands our best effort in every situation. We must not lose this opportunity. With this call, I announce the commencement of the 37th National Games. Wishing the athletes all the very best once again! Goa is ready! Thank you very much.

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May 21, 2024

In an interview to News X, Prime Minister Modi addressed the issue of toxic language in elections, explained why the Opposition frequently discussed him, and shared his views on job creation. He criticized the Congress' tax plans and appeasement politics.

Rishabh Gulati: A very warm welcome to the viewers of NewsX and India News. I’m Rishabh Gulati and with me is Aishwarya Sharma of The Sunday Guardian and Rana Yashwant. In today’s special episode, we proudly welcome a renowned ‘rashtra sevak’, and the Prime Minister of India in this Amrit Kaal, Hon’ble Shri Narendra Modi. Mr Prime Minister, you took the time to speak to us, we are very grateful.

Prime Minister: Namaskar, my warm greetings to all your viewers.

 

Rishabh Gulati: Mr Prime Minister, the first question that comes to mind is about the Opposition, and it seems that the biggest item on their poll agenda is Narendra Modi. Why, in your opinion, do they talk so much about Narendra Modi?

Prime Minister: To understand why they discuss Narendra Modi, we must first understand the Opposition. To understand them, one can examine the administration between 2004 and 2014.

The Opposition has not been able to play a strong role. Even as the Opposition, the way they are falling apart, they did not play a constructive role of any kind. Despite deep discussions, they haven’t been able to bring serious issues to the public attention. They thought that by their antics, taking up space in the media, they would be able to keep their boat afloat. Even in this election, I have seen that they make fresh attempts every day to acquire media space, be it by making videos, nonsensical statements, or behaving in a way that people don’t normally behave. So they do this to acquire space in the media. Now abusing Modi is one such antic, where, if nothing else, they are guaranteed publicity. Even a small-time politician, if he bad-mouths me, will get about an hour of media attention. Perhaps they see Modi as a ladder to climb up in their political career.

 

Aishwarya Sharma: Mr Prime Minister, the I.N.D.I. alliance is talking about wealth redistribution. Do you think this is possible, and will the voters of the country be influenced by such a scheme?

Prime Minister: You can’t examine this in isolation. You must look at their overall thought process. When their (Congress) manifesto was released, I had said the manifesto had the imprint of the Muslim League. There was a statement made by Dr Manmohan Singh… I had attended the meeting in which he said that ‘Muslims have the first right to India’s resources.’ Now when I raised this in public, their media ecosystem raised a storm saying that ‘Modi is lying,’. So two days later, I brought Manmohan Singh’s press conference forward and put it in front of them. Then they stopped talking. So this was one example. Now in their Manifesto, they have said that they will give reservation (to Muslims) even when allotting government contracts.

So today, when a bridge is to be built somewhere, what is the criteria for awarding the contract? The company bidding is evaluated based on how resourceful they are, their experience, their capability, their ability to deliver on time, all these things. Now they say that they want to give reservations to the minorities, to the Muslims, in this process as well. It all adds up. Now when they say that they will impose inheritance tax, it means that taxes that go to the government, who will stand to benefit from it? It’s the same people that Manmohan Singh ji talked about. If you join the dots, this is the logic that comes from it. How will the country accept this? Secondly, has any developing country in the world indulged in such madness? Today, India needs to work hard to rise above its problems. We have made this attempt and pulled 25 crore people out of poverty. Where there used to be a few hundred start-ups, there are now over 1.25 lakh start-ups, and there are Unicorns. You must go among the people and work with energy, and that will bring the right result.

 

Rana Yashwant: Mr Prime Minister, the Ram Mandir has been built in Ayodhya, the consecration of Ram Lalla took place and there was joy among the people. In all this, there is Iqbal Ansari, who has fought the legal battle, and is an important person. He comes, holding a placard that says ‘Modi ka Parivaar’. Today, the minority community identifies with your policies and welfare schemes. Your opinion?

Prime Minister: Since you’ve brought up Ram Mandir and Iqbal Ansari, I will narrate an incident. Ram Mandir should have been built right after Independence. In all these years, it wasn’t built because they (Congress) felt it would affect their vote bank. Attempts were made in the Courts till the very end to stop it. It is a fact that Congress hindered the building of the Ram Mandir. Despite this, when the Supreme Court judgment came through, the Court constituted a trust, and the trust members, let go of all past differences and went to invite the Congress Party members to the consecration ceremony. They rejected the invitation. The same people went to invite Iqbal Ansari. The ironic thing is, that Iqbal Ansari, who fought the Babri Masjid case his entire life, respected the Supreme Court’s verdict and attended the ‘Shilanyas’ and the ‘Pran Prathistha’ ceremony as well. This is what I think, as far as Iqbal Ansari is concerned.

Now if you want to talk about secularism, it is my very serious allegation, that for over 75 years, through a very well-crafted conspiracy, a false narrative has been fed to the nation. It has been embedded in the nation from before our birth. Sardar Patel was targeted by this narrative, and maybe, today it may be my turn, tomorrow someone else… Why do they cry out ‘secularism’ over and over again? It’s because they want to divert the world’s attention from their communal activities.

They cry ‘thief’ over and over when they have defrauded the people, and they do this because they think crying ‘thief’ will divert the public’s attention. This is their ploy. I have called them out in front of everyone, that they are the ones who are communal. India’s constitution does not allow you to indulge in such sectarian acts, and I have brought out several such examples, like I mentioned earlier that they called the Muslims the rightful inheritors of India’s wealth. I am exposing them. They (Congress) hide behind their politics of appeasement and instead accuse me of being communal. I am talking about those communal parties that wear the ‘nikab’ of secularism and indulge in hardcore communalism. I find three things common among these people. They are hardcore sectarians, they are extremely casteist, and they are hardcore dynasts. They are so full of these three things that they can’t come out of it.

 

Rishabh Gulati: Mr Prime Minister, you have spoken about lifting 25 crore people out of poverty. 80 crore poor people are receiving ration – it is necessary now and will be so in the future as well. What do you have to say about how crucial it will be in the future?

Prime Minister: When Manmohan Singh ji was the Prime Minister, news was rife with reports of food grains getting spoilt. So, the Supreme Court asked the government as to why the grains were not being distributed among the poor. Manmohan Singh ji, who was the Prime Minister then, stated on record that they could not distribute the grains and that it was impossible to do it. That is the consequence of his thinking. I faced the same issue, especially during COVID-19. My first goal was to ensure that a stove should be lit in every poor household. So, I started working on it. I have stated this for the next five years as well because in the lives of those who come out of poverty…

For example, one returns home from the hospital. The treatment has been done but precaution is necessary. A doctor advises you to take rest for a particular duration after returning home, tells you what to eat and what to refrain from consuming, and what to take care of. Why? The illness has already been addressed, but if anything is jeopardized then the condition of the person would return to what it was. That is why poor people who escape poverty need handholding. They should not return to that state in any condition. Once they escape poverty, they should be empowered to stand strong. In my understanding, in the next five years, those who have escaped poverty should be able to firmly stand on their feet. Any unfortunate incident in their family, should not push them to poverty again. And only then will the country eradicate poverty.

 

Aishwarya Sharma: Mr Prime Minister, our country is the youngest country. Under your tenure, 10 lakh government jobs have been filled. Now, the Opposition has vowed to fill 30 lakh government jobs. In your third term, how do you plan to boost employment opportunities for the youth?

Prime Minister: You must have read the SKOCH report that was released. I hope your TV channel studies the SKOCH report in detail and conducts a TV debate on this. They have analysed some 20 to 22 schemes of the government. They have published statistics about how many person-year-hours have been obtained. They have revealed how many hours it takes to build 4 crore houses and how many people it employs. They have published data for about 22 different parameters.

They have stated that 50 crore people have accrued benefits. Secondly, we brought the Mudra Yojana. We give bank loans without any guarantee. We have disbursed loans worth Rs 23 Lakh Crore. 80% of those who have received these loans are first-timers. Some have started their businesses and have employed a few people in this process. Start-ups used to be in the thousands and now they are in lakhs. People have been employed in this process, right? Consider that a 1000-kilometre road is being built and think about how many jobs are created. So, if a 2000-kilometre road is being built more people will be employed, right? Today, road and rail construction has doubled, electrification has doubled, and mobile towers are reaching every corner of India. All this is being created by people who have received jobs. That is why a lie is being peddled.

 What’s important is that we must move towards creating jobs for ourselves. The youth in this country are in the mood to do something and be productive and we must help them. We must encourage them. Our Mudra Yojana does exactly that. We also run the SVANidhi scheme. There are countless street hawkers, who are poor people. But today, they are taking money from the bank to run their businesses. Due to this, they can save money and expand their business. Earlier, a street hawker would sit on the footpath and now his goal is to buy a lorry. One who would owned a lorry earlier now wishes to provide home delivery services. Their aspirations are rising. This is why I believe that while people receive the benefits of government schemes, which will eventually result in development, we must also focus on several other areas.

 

Rana Yashwant: Prime Minister, your government works on the principle of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’. Beneficiaries avail welfare schemes without any discrimination – caste, religion, or community. Yet, the Opposition maintains that Muslims do not accrue the same benefits from these welfare schemes.

Prime Minister: You are the first person from whom I’ve heard this. The unique aspect of my government, in terms of delivering welfare schemes, has not raised any questions regarding discrimination.

 

Rana Yashwant: The Opposition has to say this.

Prime Minister: Even the Opposition does not say this. You are the first person from whom I’ve heard this. I have never heard this from anybody because everyone knows… and Muslims themselves say that they receive all benefits.

The primary reason is that I have two principles. First, 100% saturation. For example, if poor people must be given houses, complete delivery must take place. If 100% delivery is the goal, then where does the scope of discrimination even arise? Whether it is providing gas connections, building toilets, ensuring tap water connections, I believe in 100% delivery. Yes, some people will receive the benefits in January, some in April and some in November, but the scheme will apply to all and 100%. I believe that true secularism is when 100% delivery is done. Social justice is when 100% is done. So, if my mission is 100% saturation… and nobody has made this charge yet. They don’t have the courage to say it. I have lived in Gujarat as well, and on this topic, nobody can prop up any charges against me.

 

Rishabh Gulati: Mr Prime Minister, you have taken out time to sit with us and relay your ‘Mann Ki Baat’. Thank you so much. Best of luck for the polls ahead.

Prime Minister: I thank you all. I have been campaigning day and night…

 

Rana Yashwant: You are constantly on the move. We see you morning until night on the run…

Rishabh Gulati: Today, you had a big rally at 8 in the morning.

Prime Minister: I started my day at 6 am and went to Jagannath Puri temple to offer my prayers. Since then I have been traveling and have at last got time to meet you.

 

Rana Yashwant: Where ever you go, Jagannath or Kashi, there is a sea of people that comes to greet you. You have experienced it yourself.

Prime Minister: I realise that my responsibilities are now increasing. I also see that the public has taken ownership of elections. Political parties are not fighting the elections. The public has taken ownership of this election. And the results will be as desired by the public.

Thank you!